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Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen records

Identifier: Ms-0521

Content Description

The Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen records are arranged at the box level and the original order is maintained. The records consist mainly of organizational records. These materials span the years 1974-2018. The materials consists of six linear feet of records, including by-laws, minutes, newsletters, membership information, correspondence, information about activities, photographs, scrapbooks, organization history, and materials related to other associated state and federal agencies.


  • 1974 - 2018

Conditions Governing Use

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research under supervised conditions in the Research Room. Researchers should contact the department in advance to make arrangements to view unprocessed materials, as these may need to be screened before use.

Biographical / Historical

The Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen was established in 1958 as the Douglas Aircraft Hunting and Fishing Club. In the early days of establishing the club, there were 70-75 active members total and the meetings were held at White Sands Missile Range. Due to lost in contract and members wanting to keep the club active, the club moved to Las Cruces and became the Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen. In 1965, DACAS became affiliated with the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and then meetings were held in Las Cruces at the former courthouse. In 1974, the club underwent changes, which consisted of becoming incorporated as well as altering their bylaws in order to make officers members of the board. In the same year, the first recipient was awarded the DACAS scholarship. Since the formation of the scholarship committee, DACAS has awarded scholarships to wildlife and fisheries student at New Mexico State University as well as other community clubs within the region. The club is known to be one of the oldest club in Doña Ana county and over the years the club has worked with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife on several projects that promote and protect Doña Ana county and the surrounding community’s outdoor heritage.


6 Linear Feet (Transferred into four Paige boxes at time of accession)

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The records of the Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen (DACAS) document the activities of a nonprofit organization for area sportsmen that supported outdoor activities, wildlife, natural habitats and a strong commitment to conservation. The club formed in 1958 and was instrumental in protecting the outdoor heritage of Doña Ana County and the surrounding area. The collection contains the organization's records from 1974-2018.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dennis Daily and Jennifer Olguin, (February, 2019).
Guide to the Doña Ana County Associated Sportsmen records
In Progress
Finding aid by Dennis Daily and Jennifer Olguin
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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