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Las Cruces Urban Renewal Agency records

Identifier: Ms-0478

Scope and Content

This is a minimally processed collection. The records are kept in the physical order in which they arrived at the NMSU Library. They have been roughly grouped into the following basic series: General records, Financial records, Case files, and Photographs. This arrangement provides control and access but does not follow the physical order of the containers.

Further notes for each series are found in the container lists which will be linked to this guide later. A full container list is available on request.


  • 1966-1974
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text

Access Restrictions

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research under supervised conditions in the Research Room.

Copy Restrictions

Copyrights associated with materials in this collection have not been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Biography / History

Urban renewal projects became common in U.S. cities after World War II. In 1968 Las Cruces began its own urban renewal project. The project called for closing streets and clearing buildings in the downtown area to build a large pedestrian mall, which was meant to compete favorably with indoor malls. The city also sought to revitalize business and beautify the downtown area.

The new pedestrian mall was completed in 1974. It was unable to compete with shopping malls and newer retail businesses, and its decreased accessibility has added to its economic decline. In 2006, the Las Cruces City Council established the Las Cruces Metropolitan Redevelopment Area to revitalize the area once again.


68.75 linear feet.

Language of Materials



Records from the urban renewal project that created the pedestrian mall in downtown Las Cruces, beginning in 1968 and completed in 1974. Types of records include case files, land surveys, maps, financial and administrative records, and photographs.

Related Material

Las Cruces City Commission minutes. Ms 0244. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

Donald H. Wiese Company survey records. Ms 0463. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

Processing Information

Charles Stanford and Brandi Vigil, 2010.
Guide to the Las Cruces Urban Renewal Agency records, 1966-1974
Edited Full Draft
Charles Stanford
© 2010
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Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
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