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Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC)

Rio Grande Historical Collections acquires, preserves, and makes available for research; records of organizations, personal papers, and other unpublished materials which document the cultural heritage and history of New Mexico and the Southwestern experience.

  • Major RGHC Collections
    • Amador Trade Catalogs
      The Amador Trade Catalogs are wholesale and retail merchandise catalogs, brochures, announcements, and leaflets that arrived at the RGHC with the Amador Family papers.

    • Archivos General de Notarías de Durango, Mexico
      Consists of documents created by notaries during both the Spanish Colonial and Mexican national periods. The earliest documents date from the early 1600s.

    • Archivos Históricos del Arzobispado de Durango, Mexico
      Rich in information about northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. These church records include padrones, libros de fabrica, aniversarios, cuadrantes, ordenes, oficios, cartas, diligencias matrimoniales, diezmos, and varios.

    • Archivos Históricos del Estado de Durango, Mexico
      An index of important documents from the Historical Archive of the State of Durango.

    • RGHC Information File and Subject Index
      An annotated inventory of items held in the Consolidated Collection Files in the NMSU Library's Archives & Special Collections department. These items provide context for and additional information on the manuscript collections. Currently, the first 350 folders in the Consolidated Collection Files have been processed. This project is ongoing.


  • Manuscript Collections - Index of Manuscripts held at NMSU Library sorted by name and also by MS Number.

  • Oral History Collections - Recorded history of New Mexico, the Spanish Borderlands, and NMSU through interviews, lectures, or speeches that may not have been captured in paper documents but have been audio or video taped.

  • Photographic Collections - More than 500,000 items that covers almost 150 years of image making in New Mexico and the Southwest and pertain to all aspects of the state’s cultural heritage.

  • Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA) - Information about archival collections in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

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