Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections


The University of New Mexico's Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) 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.

Search our collections:

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

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Use WorldCat to find materials in our collections .

Archival Materials (RMOA)

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.

New Mexico Digital Collections

Find Digitized Materials

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

Find Vertical Files

A guide to selected newspaper and magazine clippings, brochures, and other ephemera on New Mexico topics.

Request materials online or in the Anderson Reading Room.

University Archives and Administrative Records

This collection holds university administrative or operational records, such as meeting minutes, budgets, policy documents, and internal communications.

Browse the University Archives and Administrative Records, or search:


UNM departments wishing to transfer records to the archives, please submit the Records Transfer Form.

Other Resources

New Mexico Newspapers
A guide to digital and print resources.

Research Guides
Includes guides on African Americans in New Mexico, J. B. Jackson, John Gaw Meem, Land Grants and Water Issues in New Mexico, Latin American Collections (Archival), Route 66, and Spanish Colonial and Mexican Documents.

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.

UNM's Digital Repository

Digital copies of scholarly publications from UNM faculty, graduate student theses and dissertations from 2009 through the present, UNM administrative records, and more.

About the Center
Zimmerman Library 1st floor
West Wing
MSC05 3020

People and Places - October Lecture (in-person and ZOOM).

Wednesday, 13 October 2021  5:30p-6:30p - Frank Waters Room, Zimmerman Library

Contact Tomas Jaehn by email for information on how to attend this online talk.



Michael Tapia's (ZOOM only) talk on "Gangs of the El Paso-Juárez Borderland" has been moved to



Past Lectures