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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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Current Exhibitions:                                          

                                                                                                                                                              New Mexico's Statehood Centennial!

The Archives and Historical Services Division of the State Records Center and Archives, along with the State Library's Southwest Collection staff have collaborated to present an exhibit commemorating New Mexico's 100th birthday, January 6, 2012.  On display are reproductions of New Mexico's two state flags:  the Twitchell flag of 1915 and the Mera flag of 1925.  Also included in the display are the statehood proclamation signed by President William Howard Taft, reproductions of New Mexico newspaper headlines from January 6, 1912, and books about New Mexico and its struggle for statehood from the State Library's Southwest Collection.  Exhibit curated by Al Regensberg (State Archives), with assistance from Faith Yoman (State Library).

Southwestern Poets

Current exhibits feature selections from the State Library's Southwest Collection by poets of the Southwest.  Curated by Virginia Lopez.

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 & Britney Macias (State Records Center, Archives & Historical Services Division);  WWI memorabilia on loan from the private collection of Bruce Mergele (State Library)