New Mexico State Guide
Folklife in Your State: New Mexico
The collections of the American Folklife Center contain rich and varied materials documenting the Native American and other folk traditions of New Mexico. Among this material are early cylinder recordings of Zuni songs and folklore, collected by Jesse Walter Fewkes in 1890 and 1891; many hours of songs and spoken narrative from the Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna Picuris, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, and Taos pueblos; materials from the Mescalero and Chiricahua Apache peoples; the John Donald Robb collection of Spanish-American folksongs; and cowboy music. Finding aids for these collections can be found in the New Mexico Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture.
American Folklife Center Collections presented online through the American Memory project include Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: the Juan Rael Collection.
Mexico's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of
local traditions and celebrations is available on the
Center's Web page.
There are also Folklife Resources for Educators, Materials Related to New Mexico
America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students.
Explore the States: New Mexico
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in New Mexico.
Spain, the United States & the American Frontier:
The "Meeting of Frontiers" pilot explores the comparative history of Spanish expansion into North America from Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas across the continent through Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and California all the way to Alaska, as well as the American expansion westward and the meeting of their frontiers.
Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995
The origin of this site is a print publication, Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995. Most entries include at least a photograph and biographical information. Contemporary entries usually link to the members official webpage. See geographical location to find members from New Mexico.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
A collection of documents relating to this historic treaty.
U.S. Civil War Regimental Histories in the Library of Congress
This finding aid focuses on Civil War regimental histories located in the Library's general collections and is arranged by Union and Confederate state units.
The Grand Army of the Republic and Kindred Societies
The development of an organization of Union veterans was the postwar conception of Benjamin Franklin Stephenson of Springfield, Illinois, who had served a two-year enlistment period as surgeon of the Fourteenth Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. The history of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) emanates from the numerous proceedings and reports they have issued.
to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to sources of information on government and law available
online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable
sites for legal information on U.S. states and territories,
including New Mexico.
& Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading New Mexico to find digital images related to
Puerto Rico, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Or search using the names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional
The feature provides an introduction to the study of immigration to the United States. It is far from the complete story, and focuses only on the immigrant groups that arrived in greatest numbers during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Browse some of the best primary sources available for New Mexico.
Found Poetry with Primary Sources: The Great Depression
Students explore poetry using American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 collection of American Memory, which covers personal stories collected by the Works Progress Administration. In particular, students write "found poetry" based on the stories found in this collection.
Explore the culture, contributions and interactions of Hispanic peoples in North America through rare maps, historical documents from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, local histories, recorded songs, interactive games, and detailed online bibliographies.
Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County, New Mexico jail house on April 28, 1881, killing two deputies on guard. He avoided capture until July 14, when he was ambushed and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at the ranch home of Pete Maxwell. Billy the Kid is buried in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
José Manuel Gallegos was born in Spanish colonial Mexico, in the town of Abiquiú, Nuevo México, on October 30, 1815. His people were Hispanos, descendants of early Spanish settlers.
Veterans History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of
residence to locate veterans from New Mexico.