University of New Mexico, Center for Southwest Research

NM-CenterSWResearchUniversity of New Mexico’s University Libraries Center for Southwest Research


Description: The UNM University Libraries??? collections include publications, government documents, maps, and journal databases documenting Route 66, end to end. The Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) collections within Zimmerman Library provide many avenues for researching New Mexico???s portion of Route 66. These collections document the communities and businesses along the way from Tucumcari to Gallup, as well as the themes of tourism, trade, and transportation in the historic land of el Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail. CSWR collections include photographs, oral histories, personal papers, business records, architectural archives, and many other forms of archival material in addition to books, periodicals, audio & video from around the state and the Southwest region.

  • Regions Covered: New Mexico, the Greater Southwest, and the United States
  • Type of Materials: Books, Rare Books, Serials, Databases, U.S. and N.M. Government Documents, Newspapers, Maps, Ephemera, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Theses/Dissertations, Newspaper Clippings, Photographs, Postcards, Oral Histories, Personal Papers, Business/Government/Organizational Records, Architectural Archives, Music Archives, University Archives
  • Time Periods: Pre-history to the Present


Facility Hours: Check website for University Libraries hours at

Research Hours:
Center for Southwest Research, semester hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday: 9AM – 7PM
Saturday: noon – 4 PM
Check website for inter-session hours:
Reservations not required.

Catalogue System:
For books, periodicals, governmentt documents, audio/video, maps, and theses/dissertations, search LIBROS:

For archival collections, search Rocky Mountain Online Archives:

For digital collections, search New Mexico’s Digital Collections:

See our Route 66 Research Guide: