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Celebrating New Mexico Statehood provides access to materials about New Mexico's history and culture. Designed to facilitate research about New Mexico's past, cultural heritage materials from 12 New Mexico institutions are available here for study and research. Materials include photographs, documents, maps, posters, art, music and video. Managed by the University of New Mexico, University Libraries and funded by UNM's Center for Regional Studies, this project is intended to help all New Mexicans learn about and appreciate our past.


This website is an official project of the New Mexico State Centennial, and is funded by the University of New Mexico Libraries and the Center for Regional Studies.

Rudolfo Anaya Receives 2015 National Humanities Medal

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced Rudolfo Anaya as one of twelve distinguished recipients of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. On September 22, 2016, President Barack Obama will present the awards in a formal ceremony at the White House. According to the NEH press release, Anaya was chosen “For his pioneering stories of the American southwest. His works of fiction and poetry celebrate the Chicano experience and reveal universal truths about the human condition—and as an educator, he has spread a love of literature to new generations.”

New Exhibit: Life and Times on NM Route 66

Life and Times on NM Route 66
Aug. 1 -- Dec. 16, 2016

The 90th Anniversary of Route 66 is an occasion for celebration!

The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections in Zimmerman Library has opened a new exhibit, “Life & Times On NM Route 66.” The exhibit is located in the Frank Waters Room 105 in Zimmerman Library and will be up through December 2016.  An exhibit opening and lecture series is planned for the fall semester.

The Boy Who Made Dragonfly and the Zuni Photographic Record by Darcy Brazen

One of my designated duties as a digital initiatives fellow involves the researching and writing authentic definitions for Tony Hillerman's children's story The Boy Who Made Dragonfly. The setting is the ancient village of Ha'wi-k'uh where the Zuni or A'shiwi people still live today. Adopted from ethnologist Frank Cushing's retelling of this A'shiwi tale, its cautionary tone warns against wanton wastefulness and stresses the importance of caring for one's neighbors.

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