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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Gutierrez
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/31/06
HB 196
SHORT TITLE NMSU Durango & Zacatecas Microfilm Project
SB
ANALYST Hoffmann
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$75.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)
Higher Education Department (HED)
New Mexico State University (NMSU)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 196 appropriates $75,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of New
Mexico State University for the purpose of microfilming historical documents in the Mexican
cities of Durango and Zacatecas.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $75,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This request was not in the list of priority projects submitted by New Mexico State University to
the Higher Education Department for review. Consequently, this request was not included in the
Department's funding recommendation for FY06-07.
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The New Mexico State University Library Archives has been involved in a project to preserve in
microfilm format historical records located in Durango, Mexico. Archival holdings located in
Mexico inform the study of the cultural heritage of the state of New Mexico because the south-
west portion of the United States was governed consecutively by Spain and Mexico. These mate-
rials provide historical details of the government, culture, and daily life of northern New Spain.
New Mexico State University Library Archives covers all expenses for the project, including
purchase of film stock, processing and duplication of the microfilms, salaries of camera opera-
tors, maintenance of the microfilm cameras, shipping, and travel expenses. In return NMSU is
allowed access to the materials for microfilming and NMSU retains the archival master negative
reels. One use copy of each reel is retained by the New Mexico State University Library Ar-
chives and one copy is deposited in the archival repository in Mexico.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
HB196 does not specify how the appropriation will be divided according to archival costs, mate-
rial, and staff support. This needs to be further clarified and researched on behalf of NMSU Li-
brary Archives.
According to the Department of Cultural Affairs, Mary Taylor, the wife of former Rep. J. Paul
Taylor, developed the close historical ties between New Mexico the two Mexican States while
doing historical research using their archives. The Department of Cultural Affairs and its Na-
tional Hispanic Cultural Center could incorporate some (or all) of the microfilm collection as
part of its library service.
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