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.



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.

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