QPL Questa History Archive
The new addition to the Questa Public Library houses a dedicated space for the Questa Public Library Questa History Archive.
This archive, which augments the library’s already extensive southwestern reference collection of books, provides an educational resource for Questa teachers and residents, some genealogical research for Questa families, materials for providing physical exhibits in the library, and resources for just finding out interesting facts about Questa. The project will also develop a body of material that historians can use for future research projects on aspects of Questa history.
Most importantly, this spotlighting of Questa’s history and culture will bolster our sense of community. Please contact the Questa Public Library at 575-586-2023 to arrange for your own contributions to the QPL History Archives.
Previous donations include a history of the Questa molybdenum mine. Online exhibits provide photographic information about Questa’s history, and planned in-library exhibits will invite community participation.
We hope that Questa residents who have historical and genealogical materials will be able to donate copies of archival material in their possession to the Questa Public Library History Archives. By assembling and cataloguing all available historical material, we can provide a more complete picture of Questa’s rich history for our residents and for the future.
Historic Videos of the Molycorp Mine, 1919 – 1977
The history of the Molycorp molybdenum mine in four videos…
22 Questa Images from 1937 by Russell Lee
Lee created some of the iconic images produced by the FSA.
Research Materials for Another Time in This Place
Collected and compiled by Judith Cuddihy for Another Time in This Place: Historia, Cultura y Vida en Questa. Privately published, 2003. Out of print.
94 Images of Questa Life in 1943 by John Collier, Jr
Collier’s emphasis on analysis and use of still photographs in ethnography led him to significant contributions in other subfields of anthropology, especially the applied anthropology of education.
Geological Cross Sections of the Questa Area
This report represents the final products for the geologic/geophysical investigation by the NMBG and the USGS.
Questa Molybdenum Mine
Photos of the Questa molybdenum mine from the New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS), 1925 – 1971.
Some useful Resources:
- Library of Congress Works Progress Administration (WPA) Questa photos
- WPA Writers project—Questa articles
- Questa mine photos
- Questa church photos
Additional Questa history websites
- Online version of Another Time in This Place: Historia, Cultura y Vida en Questa, Tessie Rael y Ortega and Judith Cuddihy
- The Questa History Trail
- Questa Stories
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives:
Future possible in-library and/or online exhibits:
- The Pathfinder, John Fremont, is rescued by San Antonio del Rio Colorado folks
- Zebulon Pike—a spy?
- Ruxton of the Rockies
- Charles Autobees
- Other interesting Questa-related characters
- The San Antonio del Rio Colorado land grant history—problems and resolutions
- Know your water rights
- Specific Questa family histories
- Other ideas, anyone?