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South Ward School (Las Cruces, N.M.) cornerstone collection

Identifier: Ms-0085

Scope and Content

The collection contains documentary materials placed in the cornerstone of Ward School at ceremonies conducted on May 24, 1905 and recovered in 1934. The documents include a list of teachers, letterheads of state, and business cards for prominent officials, Territory of New Mexico publications, Masonic Lodge Officer lists and publications, and other materials.


  • 1884-1935

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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

Originally built in 1893, the South Ward School became affiliated with Las Cruces School District No.2, which was created in 1934 after the city consolidated different schools and districts. The South Ward School, at the corner of Amador and Alameda, was torn down and converted into school administrative offices in 1957. The South Ward Elementary school became the building for the first classroom of the Las Cruces College, which became New Mexico State University.

Sources: “Public school system grew along with Las Cruces.” Las Cruces Bulletin. July 31, 1985. Page C-6.Kropp, Simon F. 1972. That All May Learn. Las Cruces, New Mexico. New Mexico State University. Page 7.


0.25 linear feet (1 Box)


Collection contains the items placed in the cornerstone of South Ward School which were recovered when the school was torn down in 1934.


  1. RG78-094 J. Paul Taylor

Processing Information

Austin Hoover, November 1979.

Updated June 2004.
Guide to the South Ward School (Las Cruces, N.M.) cornerstone collection, 1884-1935
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Repository Details

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