Center for Southwest Research (UNM)

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Center for Southwest Research (UNM)
Zimmerman Library, UNM, Albuquerque NM.jpg

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



Zimmerman Library 1st Floor, West Wing
University of New Mexico
800 Yale Blvd NE[3]
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Telephone:[1]  505-277-6451

Hours and holidays: Hours (and Holidays)

Directions, Maps, and Public Transportation:

The Zimmerman Library east of the Duck Pond and north of the Student Union Building on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.
Public Transportation:[4]  ABQ RIDE bus routes 5, 11, 16, 66, 766 Red, 777 Green, and 790 Blue each have stops at the University of NM central campus within two or three blocks of the Zimmerman Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections Archival materials (RMOA), books, digital collections, LoboVault, other resources, using CSWR collections, and collection strengths. Books from the CSWR can be requested in the Anderson Reading Room, and do not circulate.
  • WorldCat Local UNM Libraries book collection searches by keyword, title, author, ISBN, and ISSN.
  • Quick Search journals, databases and UNM library holdings.
  • Online Archive of New Mexico (part of RMOA) browse by subject, or search by word, subject, or title.
  • Databases search by subjects, titles, and special types.
  • Lobo Vault UNM faculty, graduate student theses and dissertations from 2009 through the present, and UNM administrative records.
  • Southwestern Research Guides-Searchable Research Guides cover a variety of subject areas. They are created by librarians and are a great place to start your research.
  • Celebrating New Mexico Statehood Designed to facilitate research about New Mexico's past, cultural heritage materials from 12 New Mexico institutions are available here for study and research. Materials include photographs, documents, maps, posters, art, music and video.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Center for Southwest Research has records of organizations, personal papers, and other unpublished materials which document the cultural heritage and history of New Mexico and the Southwest U.S., with focuses on Mexico and Latin America, Native American, Chicano/Hispano, Spanish Colonial, and environmental history, local publications, archival, and rare materials. Includes manuscripts of politicians, historic and literary figures, architects, activists, attorneys, local families, organizations, and businesses, 40,000 books and periodicals, and 120,000 images since the 1850s.[5]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Center for Southwest Research (UNM), a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, Roman Catholic church records, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, family papers, prisons, family and local histories, newspapers. NM's best genealogy repository because of its original territorial, state, and county records.[6]
  • New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents, maps, periodicals, and genealogies. Largest book collection in New Mexico.[6]

Similar Collections

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and genealogies.[7] The library contains 12,500 book titles about the history and culture of the Hispano world from the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, Central America, Latin America to Spain, and Portugal.[8]
  • Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD)  for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.[9]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections in University of New Mexico University Libraries (accessed 19 January 2014).
  2. Visitor Information at Center for Southwest Research (UNM)](accessed 01 March 2013).
  3. Zimmerman Library in Google Maps (accessed 17 January 2015).
  4. ABQ RIDE System Map in ABQ Ride (accessed 17 Jan 2015).
  5. CSWR Collection Strengths in University of New Mexico University Libraries (accessed 17 Jan 2015).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 79. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  7. Archives in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).
  8. Research Library in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 20 January 2015).
  9. HGRC Home in Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (accessed 21 January 2015).
  10. Overview - Special Collections in Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (accessed 20 January 2014).
  11. About the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in Archdiocese of Santa Fe (accessed 4 January 2021).