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Library Overview

The Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) is the University of New Mexico (UNM) Libraries' special collections department and UNM's resource center for the comparative and interdisciplinary study of New Mexico and the Southwest. The CSWR includes archival materials, rare books, music, architecture, and photographs; the University Archives manuscript collections document the political, economic, and social history of New Mexico, the Southwest, and Mexico. Most of the collections date from the 19th and 20th centuries and include the papers and records of politicians, historic and literary figures, architects, activists, attorneys, local families, organizations, and businesses. There are more than 90,000 books and periodicals in the Center for Southwest Research rare book collection. Strengths of the collection include New Mexicana and the Southwest, Mexican colonial history, codices, archaeology, Chicano studies, and Native American studies.

The John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music is dedicated to preserving the musical heritage of New Mexico and the Southwest. The John Gaw Meem Archives document the built environment of New Mexico and the Southwest. Materials in the collection also record the works of art historians, architectural firms, and other related organizations. The Pictorial Collection contains over 80,000 images dating from the mid-1850s to the recent past. The collection is subject-oriented with a focus on the histories of New Mexico, the Southwest, and Latin America and Mexico. Also included are important collections of Mexican popular prints by José Guadalupe Posada and a collection of publications from the Taller de Gráfica Popular. The University Archives serves as an information resource for the history and development of the University of New Mexico.

University of New Mexico
University Libraries
Center for Southwest Research/Special Collections
MSC05 3020
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001
(505) 277-6451 (t)
(505) 277-0397 (f)