Local History

Vertical Files

Vertical Files

Vertical files are comprised of folder sets containing newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets, photographs, documents, event programs and related ephemera.  Files at the Special Collections Library are congregated in three topical areas:

  • Albuquerque - covering currents in history, culture, education, government, growth and progress 
  • Biography - including notable New Mexico individuals and families
  • New Mexico - covering aspects of place, events, culture, government and heritage 

Although the files include material published from 1960-2000, content may cover a wider range of time and events.

Civic Auditorium file

Information on vertical file topics and availability can be found by a search of the library system's online catalog.

Vertical file folders and contents are available for in-house use only, and do not check out. A photocopier is on site and accessible for duplication needs.



An array of geographic and map resources helps to tell the story of geographic, geologic, and cultural history in New Mexico and the Southwest.Map

Topographic (quadrangle) maps for New Mexico (including counties, notable sites and specific geographic areas) and neighboring states.  Topo map information and availability can be searched through the online catalog

Historic maps - issued by state and local governments, civic and tourist groups, these include maps of explorations, military departmental maps, and territorial maps

Street maps - produced by local government and commercial interests. Zone atlases for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are also available.Map case

Digital Sanborn Maps available online offer detailed, periodically updated information on Albuquerque (1891 - 1957) and other New Mexico communities.



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