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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, see the State Library’s online catalog.

For a list of recent Southwest Collection acquisitions, see "New in Southwest."

The Southwest Collection is open from 1:00 to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, due to budgetary matters.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! 
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 1:00 p.m. y 5:00 p.m., miércoles yviernes.  (Estas horas abreviadas son temporales, mientras tenemos una falta de personal.)   Se puede tambien enviar su pregunta por correo electrónico a: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ¡Le esperamos aquí!    

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).