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NMSU Library helps build New Mexico online archive

The Rio Grande Historical Collections and three other archives in New Mexico have received $328,563 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement the Online Archive of New Mexico (OANM). The 18 month project will provide integrated, consistent and expanded online access to information about the archival collections held by the four major repositories in New Mexico.


The Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC) is based at the New Mexico State University Library. The project partners are the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the New Mexico State Archives and Records Center in Santa Fe, and the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Steve Rollins, associate dean of the UNM library, is the project director.

All together, collections at these repositories document more than 400 years of cultural interaction in the Southwest. They attract researchers in fields such as the history of the American West and the Mexican borderlands, Latin American studies, Native American and Hispanic American/Chicano studies, the history of art and architecture, archaeology, folk art and folklife, religion, law, economics, environmental history, natural resources management, sociology, political history, public administration, and family history.

A web site, consisting of a union catalog database of finding aids for each collection and links to digital facsimiles of a representative sampling of manuscripts, will be created and hosted on the UNM General Library web server. The site will provide students and researchers a central access point for the location of information in New Mexico's major archival collections.

The project was written by Bonnie Hardwick of the University of California-Berkeley, Bancroft Library, with funding from the New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe. The OANM is based on procedures and standards developed by the Bancroft Library which have resulted in the National Endowment for the Humanities American Heritage Virtual Archive Project and the Online Archive of California Project. For more information, contact Austin Hoover of the Rio Grande Historical Collections at (505) 646-3839.