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Our Mission & History

The Archives and Historical Services Division is the central archives of New Mexico State Government. The agency is mandated by law to collect, preserve and make available to the public and all branches of government, permanent public records, historical manuscripts, photographs and other materials that contribute to the understanding of New Mexico history. Records at the State Archives are available to the public in accordance with the New Mexico Public Records Act and agency rules. All records are open for use except those specifically restricted by law. The Division offers reference assistance on-site, by telephone, mail or e-mail.

On-line finding, aids which describe collections are available through this website at ON-LINE CATALOG of Collections and through the Online Archives of New Mexico website at oanm.unm.edu.

Collections maintained include:

  •     Government records, 1621- present
  •     County records, 1850-1912
  •     Manuscripts (non-government)
  •     Film & video collections
  •     Genealogy materials (Catholic church records; census; published family histories).
  •     Private papers: letters, diaries, wills, maps, and photographs pertaining to New Mexico or the Southwest.