Local History



City directoriesPhone booksA bevy of print materials serves the needs of research and general interests. Noteable collections include:

New Mexicana - captures and showcases a broad array of research, narrative, memoir, historical, cultural non-fiction topics, and notable fiction works that focus on local and state subjects and authors

New Mexico Blue Books -  pre-internet directories of elected and appointed officials, summaries of reports, and New Mexico trivia.  Holdings cover every decade from Statehood through the early 21st century

Albuquerque city directories - Hudspeth (later Polk) directories covering 1908-1929, 1931-1947, 1949, 1950, 1952-1963, 1965-1990, 1992-1994, 1996-2000, 2002-2018; Cole directories from 1961, 1963/64, 1967-1982, 1991-1993, 1996-2008, 2010-2014.

New Mexico city directories - staff members are happy to assist in determining whether a city directory for a community other than Albuquerque is available

Albuquerque phone books - covering a complete run from 1949 - 2007 and additional holdings for 1935, 1940, 1941, 1943, and 1945

New Mexico phone books - some holdings for communities from Alamogordo to Zuni; staff members are happy to assist in determining whether a New Mexico phone book for a community other than Albuquerque is availableStorage collectionNew Mexicana room

Albuquerque Metro-area neighborhoods - economic impact studies and sector development plans as well as published neighborhood histories.

Book Indexes

Images of America Indexes

Staff and volunteers at the Public Library Albuquerque and Bernalillo County create indexes for books that do not include them in order to make the book more useful.  We've created many of these indexes for the New Mexico books in the  Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing Company.  The series includes photos of people, businesses, churches, and more.  These detailed indexes will help you to identify books relevant to your research.

Indexes for Other Books

Indexes created for books not in the Images of America series.



Current issues - available to browse and read in-house, including:

  • Albuquerque Journal
  • Albuquerque: The Magazine
  • New Mexico Magazine
  • New Mexico Historical Review

Backfiles - journals and newspapers no longer published, but still of interest. Titles include:

Publication runs may be incomplete. Please check with staff to verify holdings.

Periodical Indexes

Periodical Indexes