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Welcome to the State Records Center and Archives

The NM Commission of Public Records preserves, protects and facilitates access to public records that are held in trust for the people of New Mexico.
In 1959 the Commission was charged with establishing  the State Records Center and Archives.

We are responsible for the administration of the Public Records Act and the State Rules Act, as well as portions of other statutes.  We ensure rules decreed by State agencies are published and accessible.

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The official publication of all notices of Rulemaking and all Adopted Rules by the State of NM

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Notices and Announcements

Microfilm Equipment Available For Transfer:

To Any State or Local Govt Agency

The Records Management Division (RMD) has microphotography equipment that is no longer in use.  Some equipment is operable; however, other items may need repair or can be used for parts. 

More information here.


State Archives of New Mexico:

Closure February 19, 2016

The State Archives of New Mexico will be closed on Friday, February 19, 2016.  All staff will be attending an all-day educational training.


General Memorandum FY16-001:

Storage of paper records at the State Records Center and Archives

Effective immediately, the Records Management Division will no longer accept Electronic Storage Transmittal forms for the pre-approval of paper records storage. Electronic Storage Transmittal forms for microfilm will be processed as usual. As regularly scheduled destructions resume and additional space is created, records center staff will first notify those agencies that have already received their storage labels. This will be in effect for both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque records centers. These changes are necessary due to on-going space shortages at both locations.  

Read the full memorandum here.



The New Mexico Commission of Public Records (“Commission”) has scheduled a regular meeting for Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 9:30 A.M. at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, which is an accessible facility, at 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing, please contact Carmen Noble at 476-7902 by February 12, 2016.  Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats.


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Historical Materials at SRCA Now Available to Public During Morning Hours

The Research Room at the State Records Center and Archives, located at 1205 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe, is now open on weekday mornings. The expanded hours will allow the general public and researchers more hours during the day to work on their projects.

The Research Room now opens at 9 a.m. and provides for an extra three hours for people to pull items from the archives vault or utilize the many other research tools available at the facility, according to Melissa Salazar, Deputy State Records Administrator at the SRCA. The Research Room previously opened at noon and the new hours took effect on April 1.


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The Importance of the Constitution

By Rick Hendricks, State Historian

No constitution no statehood, for New Mexico it was as simple as that.  more...



Government records are created with public funds and belong to the citizens of the State of New Mexico. Chapter 14, Article 5 NMSA 1978 - Public Records Recovery Act (will open in new window) governs the recovery of public records in New Mexico.

The Council of State Historical Records Coordinators released a statement in 2004 with regard to this issue. The Council requested eBay's assistance in alerting customers who seek to purchase and collect public records.


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The State Records Center and Archives offices will be closed for most Federal holidays.

January 1, 2016 - New Year's Day
January 18, 2016 - MLK Birthday
May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day
July 4, 2016 - Independence Day
September 5, 2016 - Labor Day
October 10, 2016 - Columbus Day
November 11, 2016 - Veterans Day
November 24-25, 2016 - Thanksgiving Day
December 26, 2106 - Christmas Day


Records Management

Another priority for us is providing records management programs for State agencies. 

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