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New Mexico has lost many historical government records from the Spanish (1598-1821), Mexican (1821-1846) and Territorial (1847-1912) periods to private collections, most of which are outside the state. The New Mexico State Records Center and Archives is concerned about the number of official government records - especially county and municipal records that have recently appeared for sale on eBay and other commercial web sites. The disappearance of government records into private hands deprives the public of access to important historical information that helps us to understand the history our state and our nation.

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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, director of the Historical Services Division at the SRCA. The Research Room previously opened at noon and the new hours took effect on April 1.

“The expanded hours will really help people who travel to Santa Fe from out of town to conduct research at the archives,” Salazar said. “For many years, we've had many researchers push for the morning hours but we have been unable to open earlier because of low staffing levels.”

The new hours, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., now match the hours of the Southwest Room of the State Library that adjoins the Archives Research Room. The Southwest Room of the State Library and the Archives Research Room share a common area that houses historical microfilm resources that include Catholic Church records, Census records, county-government records, some National Archives records, statewide newspaper compilations and more. “Many people use the shared room to research their genealogical roots,” Salazar said. The microfilm collection also includes copies of the Spanish and Mexican period records.

The State Records Center and Archives is the central repository of state government records and the custodian of numerous private papers and manuscript collections. The vault houses records from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government, including documents dating from New Mexico’s Spanish (1621-1821), Mexican (1821-1846), and Territorial (1846-1912) periods of history, as well as some similar records after statehood.

Visitors who wish to utilize the resources in the Research Room are required to initially register and provide photo identification and then only sign in and out for each visit thereafter. The registration forms include established procedures that patrons must follow to check out and handle and sensitive and historical documents housed there. Historical materials from the vault are not pulled during the noon hour.

The Archives and Historical Services Division also maintains a website with a search-engine called “HERITAGE” that contains descriptive information and some digital images of primary source materials maintained and preserved by the state archives, including documents, photographs, motion picture film, maps, sound recordings, and bound materials. Researchers may search our online finding aids to locate primary source material relative to their interests. The address is

For more information, contact the division at (505) 476-7948 or via e-mail at














The New Mexico Commission of Public Records has scheduled a regular meeting for Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the NM 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 Antoinette L. Solano at 476-7902 as early as possible.  Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats. A final copy of the agenda will be available 72 hours before the hearing.


















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