Spanish Colonial and Mexican Documents


The CENTER FOR SOUTHWEST RESEARCH (CSWR) is the special collections / archives part of the University Library. It holds original documents, photos, posters, maps, architecture plans, oral histories, music recordings, UNM history, New Mexico related books, rare books, videos, microfilms and more.

This guide is designed to help you locate documents at the CSWR and some in Zimmerman Library. Plus a few other suggestions.


History of New Mexico

Spanish Borderlands - Alaska, California, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, etc.

In addition, you can find a few for Spanish relations in North America with England, France, Russia and the United States

We also have collections related to Mexico and Yucatan,as well as Parral, Laredo and Bejar

and some documents for the Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and for Central America, Chile, Peru, the Philippines, etc.

Use the Tabs on the left side to see examples of the resources.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Nancy

Visit the CSWR site to learn more about our collection strengths, the patron research room, searching, hours, policies, and more.

(Tip: Also see Libguide for Land Grants and Water Issues).

Reference and Archives

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Nancy Brown-Martinez
Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library