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Happy 2017 from CSWS
Happy 2017 from CSWS

Happy 2017 from CSWS

Monday, January 9, 2017

Welcome to the CSWS LiBlog! 

One of our New Year's Resolutions at the Center of Southwest Studies is to increase our social media presence. Business/PR Manager Julie Tapley-Booth does a great job with our Facebook page (and Instagram is in the works); now you can also tune in here each Monday week to find out about the library's newest acquisitions and monthly book displays, read book reviews and items of historical Southwest interest, and learn about what we're doing in the library and why.


This month we're featuring interesting title pages rather than beautiful book covers. All our display books this month were published by Stagecoach Press, a private printing press established by Jack D. Rittenhouse in Santa Fe, NM, in 1962. The press produced artistically-designed books and pamphlets and was only in business for six years. Stagecoach Press books are considered "collectible" but not precisely "rare"; print runs were between 200 and 750 copies. 

If you're interested in print history you might like the website Lasting Impressions: The Private Presses of New Mexico at http://www.privatepress.org/.


Here's a summary of our Fall 2016 book and video acquisitions, arranged by topic:

Native American & Indigenous Studies


history and oral histories; art and architecture; museum studies; repatriation; religion; Diné (Navajo) Nation, Cherokee Nation, and Western Shoshone Tribe
History 20 history of Colorado and the Southwest; Diné (Navajo) and Ute Nations; travel/adventure writing; Spanish colonial studies;  National Park Service; railroads 
Anthropology & Archeology 19 archeological project reports; issues of "Southwestern Lore"; works about Chaco Canyon; a video on flintknapping 
Fiction & Literature 7 titles by Edward Abbey, N. Scott Momaday, and other local authors  
Agriculture, Botany, & Environmental Studies 6 historical agriculture/botanic texts and reports; a video on trout
Reference 3 a rare-books journal ("Print") and historical atlases 
Women's Studies 2 history of prostitutes in the U.S. West; video on SW women artists and writers

Come on in and check them out! Sometimes even literally--much of our collection circulates to FLC students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Next week: Results of last fall's library User Experience (UX) research.

Alternate blog title suggestions are welcome! Leave a pleasant comment below.


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