New Mexico State Records Center and Archives

New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
1205 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, NM 87507


Web site: New Mexico State Records Center and Archives

Institution Type: Government Agency, Archive


Description: The New Mexico State Records Center and Archives contains the largest volume of Route 66 primary source material of any repository in the state. Its overall holdings are comprised of four main areas: manuscripts, photographs, maps, and vertical file material. The papers of New Mexico’s governors are held here, and many contain Route 66-related material. The records of the State Highway and Transportation Departments, as well of those of the Department of Development, also reside in the Archives. Key photographic holdings include collections from the State Highway and Transportation Department and the Department of Tourism, although the overall photographic collections pertaining to the highway extend far beyond these. A large and varied collection of historical, thematic, road, tour, and other maps contains information pertinent to Route 66 at the town, city, county, and state levels. Finally, a thick folder of vertical file material contains numerous newspaper and magazine clippings dealing with Route 66 in New Mexico, many of which were inspired by the celebration of the highway’s 75th anniversary in 2001. The folder also contains a series of Route 66 brochures issued by city, state, and other agencies.

Regions Covered: Route 66 in New Mexico

Type of Materials: Papers, Manuscripts, Correspondence, Maps, Photographs, Magazines, Newspapers, Government Studies and Reports, Vertical Files, Ephemera, Guidebooks, Chamber of Commerce Publications, Brochures

Time Periods: Pre-1800, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries


Facility Hours:
Monday through Friday

Online Resources and Finding Aids:

Archive Catalog