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New Mexico Commission of Public Records - State Records Center and Archives

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The Commission of Public Records is the governing body of the State Records Center and Archives. The Commission was created in 1959 and charged with establishing a Records Center and appointing a State Records Administrator to manage the facility. The State Records Administrator is responsible for the administration of the Public Records Act [Chapter 14, Article 3 NMSA 1978] and the State Rules Act [Chapter 14, Article 4 NMSA 1978], as well as portions of other statutes. The agency is organized into five divisions; Administrative Law, Administrative Services, Archives and Historical Services, Office of the State Historian, and Records Management.
In addition, the agency provides staff and administrative support for the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board, which was established in 1975 as the local advisory board to review grants submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The mission of the Commission of Public Records is to:

  • preserve, protect and facilitate access to public records that are held in trust for the people of New Mexico;
  • ensure rules promulgated by State agencies are published as prescribed in law and are accessible;
  • advocate an understanding and appreciation of New Mexico history; and
  • develop records management programs for State agencies
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