J. Paul Taylor Collection Library's Greatest Need Other
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No paper was too small to be included in the J. Paul Taylor Collection, and Lopez has already worked through more than 200 boxes as a student employee at the NMSU Library.

He certainly kept a lot of stuff,” Lopez said with a laugh. “But it has been fascinating going through the collection, which I know will help many researchers and others wanting to learn more about Taylor and New Mexico.”

Isabel Lopez

Las Cruces, New Mexico
Junior Nursing Major

J. Paul Taylor Collection Library's Greatest Need

Drawings by elementary school students, academic year calendars from the 1940s onward, letters from constituents supporting (or opposing) various legislation: These are just some of the items junior Isabel Lopez has inventoried as a student employee working on the J. Paul Taylor Collection at the New Mexico State University Library.

The nearly 300-linear-feet of personal and professional papers Taylor donated to the library is a boon not only for the library, but for Las Cruces and southern New Mexico – and your support helps make this a reality.

Taylor (’42) worked in Las Cruces Public Schools from 1951 to 1985 and as a state representative (District 33) in the New Mexico Legislature from 1987 to 2005. He was known as “the conscience of the legislature,” and his papers are a testimony to his love of his native New Mexico, his decades of public service, and his advocacy for others.

You’ve already shown a passion for supporting the library – thank you! Now, you have the opportunity to help us in the vital work of preserving this rich history as we categorize and maintain Taylor’s papers.

Will you make a gift today to the library’s J. Paul Taylor Collection? You can give easily and securely online by clicking here.

Thank you again for your support of the library and your belief in the value it brings to this community, the state and beyond. Your gift today to the J. Paul Taylor Collection furthers that value so that future generations of Aggies and beyond can learn of his good works and boldly shape the future for the better.


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Kate Terpis

Interim Dean, NMSU Library