Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections

The University of New Mexico's Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections specializes in preserving historical manuscripts, books, photographs, architectural drawings, recordings, and other library materials relating to New Mexico, the Southwestern U.S., and Latin America. It also houses the UNM University Archives, as well as a collection of rare books on various topics from around the world.

Through exhibitions, lecture series, and primary-source-based instruction, the Center is committed to engaging students, scholars, and the general public. To learn more, browse the "About the Center" section at right.

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Use the tabs at left to find materials in the library catalog, archival finding aids, and digital resources.

TIP: Select Center for Southwest Research under Library in the top-left corner of the search results page to refine your search.
Useful Databases
Find Archival Materials

The Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA) provides access to finding aids for archival collections in 27 different repositories in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. Materials held in UNM's Center for Southwest Research are for library use only and can be requested in the Anderson Reading Room.

Find Books
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Request books from the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections in the Anderson Reading Room. All materials are for library use only.

Find Digitized Materials

New Mexico Digital Collections includes materials from libraries, archives, and museums throughout the state.

Find Digital Materials

LoboVault is UNM's Institutional Repository. It hosts digital copies of scholarly publications from UNM faculty, graduate student theses and dissertations from 2009 through the present, UNM administrative records, and more.

Southwestern Research Guides

Introductory guides to research materials in a variety of subject areas.

General Vertical Files

A guide to selected newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, and other ephemera on New Mexico topics. Request materials in the Anderson Reading Room.

Celebrating New Mexico Statehood

Cultural heritage materials from 12 New Mexico institutions are available here, including photographs, documents, maps, posters, art, music, and video.

Tony Hillerman Portal

Digital reproductions of Hillerman's manuscripts, screenplays, and papers, as well as a complete catalog of his published works.

New Mexico Digital Newspapers

A guide to various resources.

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Contact Information

(505) 277-6451
Zimmerman Library 1st floor
West Wing
MSC05 3020