Newspapers at the New Mexico State Library
The New Mexico State Library’s newspaper collection includes current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm with some searchable online. We currently subscribe to about 50 daily and weekly newspapers from throughout New Mexico. The microfilm collection consists of thousands of reels of newspapers (including many that are now no longer being published) dating back to 1849.
On the second floor of the State Library we have subscriptions to the following newspapers:
- Albuquerque Journal
- Santa Fe New Mexican
- New York Times
- Wall Street Journal
- New Mexico Business Weekly
In addition to these papers, we also have many current subscriptions to local New Mexico newspapers in the Southwest Room. Older issues of these newspapers can be requested by your local library through interlibrary loan so that you may view them there at your convenience.
You can find a listing of the historical newspapers that are held in the microfilm collection in the Southwest Room using our online catalog. Simply do a search for newspapers and then limit the results by microform. If you need assistance finding a newspaper, please ask a librarian.
Using Newspaper Microfilm Resources at the New Mexico State Library
The New Mexico State Library's Southwest Collection holds thousands of rolls of microfilm for New Mexico newspapers dating from the territorial period of the 1850’s to the present.
This collection is currently available for in-library use Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. (Please note that the State Library is closed on all New Mexico state holidays.) View driving directions.
Microfilm reader/printers are available on site. Since we do loan microfilm, not every reel is available for in-library use every day. Please check our online catalog or contact the Southwest Room for assistance at 505-476-9790.
Most newspaper microfilm is available for interlibrary loan. The State Library will loan any other library up to 3 reels of microfilm per request for a period of 15 days with no renewals. Please contact your local library to initiate your request.
Historic New Mexico Newspapers Online
Chronicling America provides access to historic pre1923 newspapers from all around the United States. Thus far, New Mexico has contributed almost 10,000 issues from 16 newspapers, dating back as early as 1890. These issues are full-text searchable and downloadable free online at the Library of Congress.
This collection includes digitized materials from libraries, archives, and museums in New Mexico. Focusing on the history and culture of New Mexico, the collections cover other topics and geographic areas as well. Over 100,000 pages of newspapers from around the state have been digitized, and the project continues.
New Mexico Newspaper Databases and Indexes
EL Portal provides free 24/7 access to New Mexico residents to 1,705 newspapers, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and 15 New Mexico newspapers, including Taos News, Clovis News, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun (Tucumcari), and Mountain Mail (Socorro).
Newsbank is an online, searchable database providing access to the following three New Mexico newspapers: Albuquerque Journal 1/1/1995-present; Las Cruces Sun-News 2/14/2004-present; and the Roswell Daily Record 1/2/2002-present.
Obituary Database: Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
This database is an index to obituaries in New Mexico newspapers and covers the period from the 1870's to 31 December 2005. This index is not complete and for the second half of the 20th century it is only a Santa Fe obituary index.