With a storied history that includes feats, such as an NCAA Final Four appearance and an undefeated football season led by eventual NFL players, a new collaboration between the New Mexico State University Athletics Department and NMSU Library is preserving that history. NMSU alumni, former coaches and Aggie fans will have access to an abundance of materials soon. 

NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia and NMSU Library Dean Elizabeth Titus spearheaded the effort to create the Aggie Sports Archives.

“The Aggie Sports Archives are a remarkably comprehensive collection of records documenting the history of athletics and student-athletes here at New Mexico State University,” says Dennis Daily, associate professor and University Library, Archives and Special Collections department head. “We’re happy to have teamed up with the Athletics Department in order to preserve the memory and proud legacy of student-athletes at NMSU.”

While the NMSU Library has collected materials from the Athletics Department for several decades, in early 2017, the University Archives staff began to assess a large collection of records from Athletics Department storage and transfer the appropriate records to the University Archives to ensure their long-term preservation, Daily says. 

About 250 linear feet worth of materials including important historical information, such as former players, coaches and staff files along with game statistics, programs, media guides, press releases, news clippings and tens of thousands of photographs, were collected from storage. 

“Since that time, we have been organizing the files, re-housing them into archival containers and creating comprehensive inventories,” Daily says. “We have made substantial progress on the collection.” 

The goal is to complete the preservation processing during the fall semester and to begin digitizing the collection later this academic year for public access.

“The most challenging aspect is definitely the size of the collection—collecting, arranging, describing, preserving and digitizing materials are all very time and labor intensive,” says Kim Gianfrancesco, digital projects librarian. “I know that alumni have a lot of interest in our collections, and it’s very rewarding to be able to share these materials with them.”

Tiffany Acosta

While supplies last, the 2019 NMSU Library calendar is available. The calendar illustrates the traditions of NMSU athletics with photos of the past and present. To order a calendar, email aerica@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-1508.