QPL Questa History Archive

The new addition to the Questa Public Library houses a dedicated space for the Questa Public Library Questa History Archive.

photograpn by O.T. Davis, taken October 6, 1910
Photograph of Questa NM by O.T. Davis, taken October 6, 1910. Closest building is a shop labelled "Shoemaker" with a man in front, holding a shoe. Probably taken from Cabresto Road, you can see St. Anthony's Church back a ways on the right, and the main road coming down the ridge in the background.

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.

Online Exhibits

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

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?

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