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Collection details border resources

January 28, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — An extensive compendium of information on the U.S.-Mexico border is available at the Border Studies Collection in the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus library.

The collection features raw data on the border's unique economy, culled from reams of numbers churned out by SDSU-IV's California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies.

There are papers featuring analyses of recent free trade legislation, agricultural studies examining the crops that have been grown in the border region and historic papers on the social movements affecting border residents from before Cesar Chavez's time to Proposition 187 and beyond.

SDSU-IV Dean Khosrow Fatemi said the collection's resources are available for scholars, fellows, students, professionals, government officials, business people, non-governmental organization members and the public in general. The purpose is to establish new ideas and bring knowledge to the people of the Imperial Valley, Mexicali and others interested in border studies.

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The campus just recently started touting the collection to attract more donated materials and grants.

In a few months to years, the collection could serve as an even larger repository for academic and private sector analytical border studies.

Campus officials hope the collection will broaden the appeal of the Calexico campus and make it a place for symposiums or workshops.

Ideally, the collection will allow the campus to reach more people and institutions to acquire funding and personnel.

The materials in the collection are part of the Margarita De Necochea Special Collections Room. They include monographs, serials, archival materials, manuscript documents, photos, videos and databases.

An important part of the collection will be a Web site with links to other electronic resources and border publications.

The collection and Web site will be funded by SDSU-IV institutional funds and grant money.

To donate materials to the collection, call the campus library at 768-5585.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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