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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.

Editing Encyclopedic Entries

Quite a few challenges accompany the process of writing encyclopedic entries for the eHillerman portal. We encounter fictitious locations, Navajo terminology that is difficult to translate, and various Native American traditions and beliefs that we do our best to research and describe, although as cultural outsiders, ultimately they are impossible for us to fully grasp. On a more technical level, we must at times compress large amounts of substantial information into manageable reflections fit for our expanding encyclopedia.

Tony Hillerman's The Ghostway and Archival Phantoms

As a Master’s candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico, working with Hillerman’s manuscript of The Ghostway sparked insights and vital connections with my own research in critical indigenous studies. A close reading that emphasizes historical events as they relate to contemporary struggles within Native American communities may enhance our understanding of the real and metaphorical ghosts that haunt our national consciousness.

Winter Chills in Tony Hillerman's Mysteries

The sun is out, but the air is cold, very cold. The Hillerman Project team of graduate fellows is back to work after a long and satisfying winter break. The Sandia Mountains, visible from just about every corner in Albuquerque, have strings, ropes, and knots of white draped all over them. The temperatures at night drop well below freezing point, and a persistent layer of frost sticks to the windshield in the morning.

Autumn at the Tony Hillerman Portal

Autumn at the Tony Hillerman Portal hub was a vibrant season full of important and exciting events. The term opened with a new initiative for community outreach intended to boost our curriculum development venture. Our recently-hired fellow, Geneva Becenti, has launched a series of discussions with several school districts in New Mexico, with the intention to create collaborative lesson plans that will incorporate the eHillerman online portal as an educational tool for all grade levels.

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