The New Mexico State University Library is generating support to process the late U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici’s collection of political papers, which are located in NMSU’s Branson Library.
Through the ‘Make a STATEment’ crowdfunding program, the NMSU University Library and Office of Advancement are asking for $1 for every day Domenici was in office, a goal of $13,140.
The Domenici papers are a collection of the working files, legislative papers, professional documents, photographs, video tapes and artifacts from the 36 years Domenici served as senator of New Mexico, as well as additional documents from his public service before and after his senate career.
Domenici was senator from 1973 to 2009; he died on September 13.
More than 2,000 boxes of Domenici’s papers were brought to the NMSU University Library in 2007, and processing of the collection, physical arrangement and description, has been underway since. The papers are available for use in the NMSU University Library Archives and Special Collections department.
Adrian Bautista, development officer for NMSU Alumni Relations, said it is important to process the collection so the public can have increased access to it for research.
“You really can’t do comprehensive research on public policy using these documents until they’re organized and processed. Searchable content is where the value is,” he said.
The fundraiser is approximately $300 away from its goal. Bautista said the amount set for the goal is symbolic, but they would like to raise much more.
“There really is no limit on the crowdfunding page. This project is about making our senator’s legacy available to our community. We’re not simply trying to raise money, we truly want to share Sen. Domenici’s legacy,” Bautista said.
Matt Friedberg, NMSU library specialist, said as the collection is processed, people are able to easily find the documents they need by using the online finding aid on the library’s website. The finding aid serves as the access point to material in the collection, increasing the archives’ usage.
“I think the use of this collection is something that will really expand forward into the future. Time often increases the research value of historical papers such as these,” Friedberg said.
Each box costs approximately $72 to process, however, contributions of any amount are accepted. To donate, please click here, the last day to participate is Saturday, September 30.
Author: Ximena Tapia – NMSU