Special Collections & University Archives

University Archives

  Archives are the permanently valuable non-current records of the university. They are preserved because they provide a historical, administrative, legal, and financial record of non-current material that has continuing value to the institution.  
    Finding Aids by Record Groups

Special Collections:  The High Plains and New Mexico

  This collection emphasizes material encompassing the environment, history, culture, and peoples of the high plains of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas (e.g. eastern Colorado, western Kansas, the Oklahoma Panhandle, the Texas Panhandle, and western Texas), as well as New Mexico and Las Vegas.  
    The Santa Fe Trail — an important commercial and cultural link between New Mexico and Missouri, from 1821 to 1879, is documented in a collection on local, state and Southwestern history.
    Arrott Collection — Strong collection on local, state and southwestern history that is incorporated into our General Special Collections.
    Fort Union — An historically valuable collection consisting of correspondence to and from the commanding officers of the Fort, reports and medical and military documents. This may be used as an historical reference in studies of New Mexico history, history of the Santa Fe Trail, Civil War and Indian history. Fort Union was occupied from 1851 through 1890.
         Finding Aid for Arrott's Fort Union Collection (file size: 14 mb)
    CCHP Photographs — Historical photographs of the surrounding area, this collection was acquired from the Citizens Committee for Historical Preservation and is located in Special Collections. 
          Index to the Photos
    Plains and the Rockies — Microfiche. A collection of 437 volumes of books and documents written from 1800-1865. Includes rare documents on the economic, cultural and political history of the American West and Southwest.
    New Mexico Land Grants — Microfilm, 62 reels. Full collection of land grants housed in the Bureau of Land Management of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Helpful for information on the history of land grants, Pueblo land grant policy and water adjudication.
    Las Vegas Land Grant Records — Microfilm, 13 reels. Records from the Las Vegas Land Grant Board beginning in 1902.
          Index to the PhotosIndex by Reel Number
    Las Vegas History Programs – The Las Vegas History Programs on CD is a collaborative project of The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation of Las Vegas (CCHP), Las Vegas’ KFUN Radio (Joseph and Loretta Baca), and Dr. Jesús López. The 24-CD-set of the Las Vegas History Programs by Dr. López aired on KFUN Radio January through July, 2010. Topics include Las Vegas’ political history, land grants, historical families, important leaders, the railroad, Highland’s University, local legends, businesses, churches, and fiestas. A detailed index accompanies the set.
         Call Number:  F804 .L3 L66 2010   Las Vegas History CD Index
    Diana Stein Collection– This collection comprises material on Fort Union National Monument, the Santa Fe Trail, the Santa Fe Trail Association, the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, and Corazón de los Caminos, a chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association. Diana Stein, a well-known book dealer and the proprietor of Los Artesanos Bookstore in Las Vegas, New Mexico collected it.
          Diana Stein Collection Finding Aid
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 Rare Books Collection

  This collection contains all books printed before 1600, limited or first editions, out of print material of consequence, autographed copies when by important or local authors, and other criteria as defined by the collections policies.  

 Beisman Collection


The Beisman Collection consists of both artifacts and paper material from the Beisman Land Surveying business, dating from the 1930s through the 1980s. Henry Beisman also obtained older maps, some dating to the 1880s. The artifacts include furniture and survey equipment. The paper material includes survey maps and plats (7,500+), business records, field notebooks, day planners, photographs, and books. Mr. Beisman worked in northern New Mexico, primarily in the town of Las Vegas and in San Miguel, Mora, Guadalupe and Colfax counties.  This collection is available by appointment only.  Call 505.454.3401 to schedule.

We are creating a database of the index cards which will be keyword searchable, as well as browseable by the client's name.  We are currently working on the A's.  Click Here to access the database.

Click Here to read the policy for using the Beisman Collection

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