CSWR Collection Strengths

The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR) is the special collections center for the UNM Libraries. Our collections are from New Mexico, the Southwestern U.S., Mexico, and Latin America, as well as rare materials from around the world. We focus on Native American, Chicano/Hispano, Spanish Colonial, and environmental history, plus a wide range of locally published and archival materials documenting the region.

The pictorial collections contain over 120,000 images dating from the mid-1850's to the present. More information is in the Photographs and Images Research Guide. Major collections include the Cobb Memorial Collection, the Henry A. Schmidt Collection, and the Atlantic & Pacific Railway Collection. Selected images are available in New Mexico Digital Collections. Pictorial Collections have finding aids in the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. See Using CSWR Collections for more information .

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Manuscript collections at the CSWR shed light on the political, economic, social and cultural history of New Mexico and also contain materials relating to the Southwest region, Mexico and Latin America. 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. Manuscript collections are rich in primary source materials including correspondence, oral histories, scrapbooks, diaries, literary manuscripts, unpublished reports, financial records, legal documents, broadsides, maps, photographs and audio/video recordings.

Collections can be searched for in the Rocky Mountain Online Archive and requested in the Anderson Reading Room. See Using CSWR Collections for more information. Selected manuscript materials can be found in New Mexico Digital Collections.

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The CSWR contains more than 40,000 books and periodicals, many of them rare or out of print. Primary languages are Spanish and English, however, Native American language materials are also collected. Search for books in the Catalog and request them in the Anderson Reading Room.

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The John Gaw Meem Archives of Southwestern Architecture documents the built environment of New Mexico and the Southwest region. Named for renowned New Mexican architect and preservationist John Gaw Meem, the archives document the works of numerous New Mexican and Southwest regional architects, builders, preservationists and architectural historians. Materials include:

  • Architectural drawings and plans
  • Colored building perspectives
  • Renderings
  • Personal papers
  • Architectural firm records
  • Photographic materials

Architectural archives can be searched for in the Rocky Mountain Online Archive and requested in the Anderson Reading Room. See Using CSWR Collections for more information. 

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The John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music is dedicated to preserving the musical heritage of New Mexico and the Southwest and works closely with the John Donald Robb Musical Trust. Robb deposited his collection of field recordings, compositions, and papers at UNM in 1957. In 1964, Donald L. Roberts established the Archive of Southwestern Music at UNM, which was named for Robb in 1981.

In addition to Robb's work, the Archive contains thousands of hours of recordings by more than twenty other collectors. Featured are Native American, Hispanic, Anglo American, and African American recordings, interviews and programs, as well as material from Spain, Mexico, and Latin America.

Explore the Robb Archive collections through the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. Access selected audio files and music in New Mexico Digital Collections. See Using CSWR Collections for more information.

John Donald Robb's Field Recordings are available online through New Mexico Digital Collections. They consist of Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo music recorded between 1942-1979 in different parts of New Mexico.

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The University Archives, also known as LoboVault, was established in 1985 to collect, organize, preserve, and make available University records which have historical, legal, fiscal, or administrative significance.

General Access and Use

  • UNM Archives and other UNM resources are available in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, Anderson Reading Room. Come in or call the Anderson Room staff for assistance, or contact the CSWR. See Using CSWR Collections for more information.

Research UNM:

  • UNM Publications can be searched in the catalog and include many books, class catalogs, yearbooks, annual reports, periodicals, theses, dissertations, and UNM Press books.

Online Publications:

Online Records:

LoboVault is the UNM institutional repository. Find articles, reports, and more from UNM faculty, staff, and students, as well as UNM theses and dissertations.

New Mexico Digital Collections contains nearly 3,000 selected photographs and documents digitized by the University Archives.

Learn more about donating materials.

About the CSWR
Contact Information
(505) 277-6451

Zimmerman Library 1st floor
West Wing
MSC05 3020

CSWR Staff
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131