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Southwest Collection

The Southwest Collection is a rich and extensive resource  for information on New Mexico state history, geography, culture, ethnology, government, and economics.  The Southwest Collection is complemented by the State and Federal Documents collections of the New Mexico State Library and the New Mexico State Archives, all located within a single facility.  Frequent research topics in the Southwest Collection include: the history of New Mexico places and families, railroad history, mines and mining, New Mexican writers, land grants, Santa Fe neighborhoods and buildings, Indian pueblos and reservations, farming and ranching, and Western trails.

To find a book in the SW collection, click on the State Library’s online catalog.

For a list of recent Southwest Room acquisitions, click on "New in Southwest."

The Southwest Room is temporarily changing its hours of operation due to a staff shortage.  Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, the Southwest Room will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice.  It will return to its normal schedule (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) as soon as possible. For more information, contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call 505-476-9790.


¡Bienvenido al sitio de la Colección Suroeste de la Biblioteca del Estado de Nuevo México!  Se habla español.
     Nuestra parte de la biblioteca, que queda en el primer piso, es una colección especial para la historia y cultura de Nuevo México y la región suroeste de los Estados Unidos de América. También tenemos información sobre la frontera sur de los EE.UU., sobre México, y sobre los primeros pueblos de ambos países.  
     Si podemos ayudarle con cualquier pregunta acerca de esta región, nos puede llamar al (505) 476-9790, entre las horas de mediodia y 5:00 p.m., lunes a viernes.  (Estas horas abreviadas son temporales, mientras tenemos una falta de personal.)   Se puede tambien enviar su pregunta por correo electrónico a:
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Southwest Joint Lecture by Malcolm Ebright and Rick Hendricks at State Library on August 28th. 

The New Mexico State Library will host a joint lecture featuring two acclaimed historians on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 3 p.m. in the Southwest Collection. The presentations will be given by historian and attorney Malcolm Ebright and New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks. 

Ebright’s lecture is entitled “Making Water Run Uphill: The Mora Acequias de la Sierra vs. Picuris Pueblo: A Tale of Two Watersheds and the Mora Land Grant.” The research he is presenting is related to his forthcoming book. 

Hendricks’ lecture, “Albino Perez, Mexican Governor of New Mexico (1800?-1837),” is part of a previous research talk given by Hendricks. 

The program will last approximately one hour. The Southwest Collection will be closed for general research during this time. Attendees are invited to explore the State Library’s Southwest Collection at the conclusion of the event.


Current Exhibitions:                                          

                                                                                                                                                              Three Historic Trails


Staff from the Archives and Historical Services Division of the State Records Center and Archives, along with the New Mexico State Library's Southwest Librarian, have collaborated to present an exhibit highlighting three historic trails of New Mexico:  El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Old Spanish Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail.  On display are books, maps, and illustrations of the three trails. The exhibit was put together at this time in order to coincide with the upcoming Three Trails Conference to be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center, September 17th-20th, 2015.  Exhibit curated by Britney Macias and Gail Packard (State Archives), and Faith Yoman (State Library)



World War I

Also on exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918) are books, newspapers, posters, illustrations and memorabilia about "The Great War".  Curated by Virginia Lopez, with assistance from Faith Yoman (State Library), Emily Brock and Britney Macias (State Records Center, Archives & Historical Services Division);  WWI memorabilia on loan from the private collection of Bruce Mergele (State Library)