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Jornada Experimental Range photographs, 1900-1960

Identifier: Ms-0347

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 3,353 images dating from 1900-1960. The photographs generally depict experiments and activities in the Jornada Experimental Range, including vegetation, research sites, historical sites, evidence of drought, shrub control, livestock and social events. A searchable database to the collection is available online at the website of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections department (


  • 1900 - 1960

Access and Use Restrictions

This material may be examined by researchers under supervised conditions in the Search Room.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with copyright and other applicable statutes.

Copyrights associated with this collection have not been transferred and assigned to New Mexico State University.

Organizational Sketch

The Jornada Experimental Range was created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1912 with the mission of developing new knowledge of ecosystem processes for a basis in management and remediation of desert rangelands. The range, under the direction of the United State Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service and New Mexico State University, has been the subject of continuous research activities on desert ecology, desert agriculture and management of desert rangelands since its foundation. The range is located at the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest desert in North America. The Jornada del Muerto (journey of the dead man) was an expanse of land along the Camino Real that the Spanish used on their way to and from northern New Mexico. Its name apparently derives from the lack of water along the route, that perhaps resulted in the death of more than one traveler. More information can be found on the Jornada Experimental Range website. Their office is located at 2995 Knox Street, on the New Mexico State University Campus, and the range headquarters is located at 17,000 Jornada Road, northeast of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Jornada Experimental Range website:


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Photographs from the Jornada Experimental range from 1900-1960 which include pictures of vegetation and livestock, research and historical sites.


  1. RG98-167 Jornada Experimental Range
  2. RG99-119 Jornada Experimental Range

Related Material

William F. Turney records. Ms 0065 Archives and Special Collections, New Mexico State University Library.


Contact Information

  1. Archives and Special Collections
  2. New Mexico State University Library
  3. P.O. Box 30006
  4. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8006
  5. Phone: (505) 646-3839
  6. Fax: (505) 646-7477
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Jornada Experimental Range website:
Guide to the Jornada Experimental Range photographs
Processed by Dennis Daily, Lenny Silverman, and Cassie McClure
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA