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New Mexico Military Institute cadet letters

Identifier: Ms-0564

Content Description

The collection is composed of 38 handwritten letters and 3 postcards written by a NMMI cadet dating from 1921-1923. The letters are arranged in chronological order.


  • 1921 - 1923

Conditions Governing Access

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research in the Caroline E. Stras Research Room.

Biographical / Historical

Walter was enrolled as a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute during 1921-1923 and during his time enrolled, he wrote to his girlfriend named Alberta (Bert) Howard of El Paso, Texas. According to the seller’s description, the letters “all proclaiming his devotion to her and some with interesting content about life in the military school.” The letters provide a glimpse into a cadet’s social life while enrolled at the New Mexico Military Institute. Topics covered in the letters include drills, inspections, hazing, rifle range and marksmanship, football, movies, dances, and other relevant occurrences.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Handwritten letters and postcards from New Mexico Military Institute cadet Walter (surname not yet determined) written to Miss Alberta (Bert) Howard of El Paso, Texas dating from 1921-1923.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

  1. RG2023-042

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Olguin, 2023
Guide to the New Mexico Military Institute cadet letters
Jennifer Olguin
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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