Literary Research with Primary Sources

Literary Manuscripts at UNM and Beyond

The University of New Mexico Libraries provide access to literary manuscripts in several forms. Various original manuscripts are held in the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections. Additionally, printed facsimile editions of works by great authors are available throughout the library. Also remember to do an Internet search, as many authors' manuscripts have been digitized by the libraries that own them.

UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections 

To search the Center's complete holdings, go to the Rocky Mountain Online Archive, limit your search to "University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research," and enter a subject term such as literaturefictionpoetry, etc., or an author's name. 

Collections of manuscripts that are particularly well suited to learning about literary research include:

D. H. Lawrence Papers
Edward Abbey Manuscripts
Rudolfo A. Anaya Papers -- the Anaya manuscripts are also available digitally
Tony Hillerman Papers -- the Hillerman manuscripts are also available digitally
Michael Blake Papers
John Nichols Papers
Frank Waters Papers
Margaret Randall Papers
Dorothy Brett Papers
Alice Bullock Papers
John L. Sinclair Papers
Lawrence Ferlinghetti Manuscript

Facsimiles of literary manuscripts

Printed facsimile reproductions of manuscripts by many major English authors, such James Joyce, Charles Dickens, and Emily Dickinson, are available in Special Collections and Zimmerman Library. To search for them in the catalog, simply enter the author's name and the term "facsimile" in the keyword search box of the UNM Library Catalog.

Digitized manuscripts online

Many literary manuscripts (especially ones by well known authors) have been digitized by the libraries that own them and made accessible in open-access online repositories. Try doing an Internet search using an author's name and/or the title of a work, along with a term like manuscripts, digital archive, online papers, etc.




Dances with Wolves manuscript,
Michael Blake Papers
(UNM Center for Southwest Research)