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Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District audio-visual materials

Identifier: Ms-0389

Scope and Content Note

The pictures in this collection primarily show the building of canals and ditches, but also the Rio Grande, crop damage, a town street (likely to be Albuquerque), and a train yard. There are 68 negatives and contact prints of each image was made in black and white. There is also a 30 minute video tape which details the Rio Grande.


  • ca. 1930-1940 and 1980s

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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 Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District was established in 1925 as a political subdivision of the state under the Conservancy Act of 1923. Its purpose is to provide and maintain river control and flood protection, improve drainage of seeped areas, furnish water storage, apply supplemental water for irrigation needs, and construct and maintain distribution facilities for irrigation waters.

The geographic area served is from Cochiti in the north to San Marcial in the south and includes portions of Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Socorro counties. The Indian pueblos of Cochiti, Santa Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Sandia, and Isleta are within the district. When the district was formed, there were 128, 787 acres of irrigable land; by 1980, this figure was about 123, 000 acres. The district originally was governed by a three member board of directors; the board since has been increased to five members.


5 linear inches


Photographs and negatives from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District from the 1930s-1940s.


  1. RG97-175 Anabel Gallegos, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

Related Material

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District minutes. Ms 0252 Archives and Special Collection, 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:


Finding guide for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District audio-visual materials, ca. 1930s-1940s and 1980s
Processed by Dennis Daily. Updated by Cassie McClure.
© 2005
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Finding aid is in English

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  • 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