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Map Festival: Overview

Map Festival

Map Festival

  • Saturday, September 30 • 11:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
  • Special Collections Library
  • 423 Central NE 87102 505.848.1376

Come and celebrate a day of maps at the Special Collections Library.  There will be a scavenger hunt for children,  workshops, discussions about electronic map resources, door prizes, and more. 

Fun for all ages!


Events and Event Times

11:00 - 11:45 :  Event Introduction in Botts Hall
11:00 - 3:00 :   Scavenger hunt for kids & families
12:00 - 12:45 : Michelle Gricius, the City of Albuquerque's GIS Manager,
                         will explore the City's GIS resources

1:00 - 3:00 :     House History Workshop
                         Registration is required, limited to 8 people*

1:00 - 1:45 :     Digital Map Resources within the online library
2:00 - 2:45 :     Surveying and Mapping of New Mexico, Santiago Romero Jr. **
2:45 - 3:00 :     Wrap up

* see program details below


* House History Workshop - Have you ever wondered who lived in your house or building before you?  Do you think maybe your house has historical significance? Register for our House History Workshop and begin on a fascinating journey through history of your home or building.  We will show you the resources and tools to get you started researching. Registration is required and is limited to 8 people

** Surveying and Mapping of New Mexico , Santiago Romero Jr., retired professional engineer and surveyor, on the Public Land Survey System - Have you ever flown over New Mexico or looked at a map of New Mexico and wondered why some areas are laid out in neat squares and other areas are laid out in irregular patterns?  Generally the regular squares were laid out after 1850 by the US government using the rules of the Public Lands System and the irregular areas are within either a Mexican or Spanish Grant.  Santiago Romero Jr., a retired Professional Engineer and Surveyor, with many years of experience surveying and mapping projects in New Mexico, will unravel this mystery.   Mr. Romero, named New Mexico Professional Surveyor of the Year for 2012, is an avid researcher of New Mexico history and genealogy and a compelling storyteller.  He will take you on a fascinating ride through the wild and woolly history of surveying New Mexico’s Public Lands and the Mexican and Spanish Grants.


1950 First National Bank Map

Map on Dispaly

Many fantastic historic maps will be on display!

Maps from Special Collections covering many aspects of New Mexico history will be included, as well as a large map of the East Mountain area entitled “Mapping Our Vanishing Past” from the East Mountain Historical Society.

Come and explore maps of all types and eras!
Expedition * Military * Political * Planning * Property * Tourism



The two galleries below either show, or list, a few of the specific maps we will have on display

Map Images Gallery

For Library fun here is a pre-1975 library system map.
(hint: you can tell since it shows Main Library at Edith and Central)

1948 Albuquerque Souvenir map
(side B)

1939 Cartoon Map of New Mexico
(close-up of Southeastern quadrant)

1898 Map of Albuquerque New Mexico
Drawn by W. Spencer

1903 Territory Map

1906 Railroad Map

Books related to Map Festival

Albuquerque souvenir map: a specialty publication.

"Souvenir map of the Albuquerque play area, price twenty cents." The publication date was estimated using city directories and Albuquerque Progress magazine.

Bel-Air: a subdivision

A plat map showing blocks 1-44 of the Bel Air addition.

Bird's Eye View of Albuquerque

An early aerial view of New Town.

Map of Albuquerque, New Mexico

In addition to the map, this shows advertisements for Albuquerque businesses, a list of City officers for 1901-1902 and a list of locations of fire alarm boxes and signals.

Recreational map of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment

"Welcome to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment -- Indians -- Mountains -- The old ways -- Parks and monuments -- Highways -- Climate -- Sports."


1952 First National Bank Map
Index showing new and former names included

1952 First National Bank Map

In researching old addresses in Albuquerque it is key to remember that the city did not have a planning department until 1950 and subsequently there was a major street realignment in 1952. The realignment addressed traffic flow issues and an ancillary undertaking was an attempt to rationalize the street names. The First National Bank maps from 1950 and 1952 are a good before and after (even if a bit tricky to show on a small webpage image). The index showing new and former street names is invaluable.

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