Local History

Information about archival collections available at Special Collections

Featured Collection

Featured Collection:

Menu Collection

Abstract: This collection includes menus, menu guides, promotional materials, and beer mats from New Mexico restaurants, primarily restaurants in Albuquerque. Materials vary in age – some of the restaurants represented are long closed, but many of the menus are no older than 2010 and many of those restaurants are still open, though their menus may have changed in the ensuing years.

Archival Collections at Special Collections

Archives at Special Collections

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Airport Neighbors Alliance - organizational history, activities, and research of the Airport Neighbors Alliance (ANA), a non-profit community organization located in Albuquerque, New Mexico (1992 - 2002).

Albuquerque Center Documents - promotional materials, newsletters, sector development plans, facilities studies (e.g. Performing Arts Center), and more pertaining to Downtown Redevelopment efforts (1980s).

Albuquerque City Clerk Scrapbooks - volumes of clippings documenting news, issues and events involving City of Albuquerque government (1922-1974).

Albuquerque Community Concert Association - business records, correspondence, and season and performer information of the Albuquerque Community Concert Association (1947-1977).

Albuquerque Promotional Materials Collection - tourism and "booster" publications.

Albuquerque Promotional Pamphlets - published by Chamber of Commerce, Civic Council, local banks and business, and tourism and hospitality groups.

Albuquerque Public Library Archives - scrapbooks, accession records, staff lists, handouts and brochures.

Albuquerque Tricentennial Records - about the organization, task forces,committees, projects, events, publicity and financial records of this 300n celebration of the founding of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Albuquerque Urban Coalition Files - reports, memoranda, newspaper clippings and correspondence related to the work of the Albuquerque Urban Coalition (1972-1976).

Albuquerque's Environmental Story, Joan and Hymer Rosner Collection This collection holds the final drafts and images of “Albuquerque’s Environmental Story: Educating for a Sustainable Community, 3rd Edition.”

Francelle Alexander CollectionResearch materials for the books Albuquerque’s North Valley: Los Griegos & Los Candelarias and Albuquerque’s North Valley: Alameda & Los Ranchos donated by the author, Francelle Alexander.

Amador Publishers, LLC, Collection - contains pre-publishing materials, book cover designs, color separation sheets, copies of many titles from the Amador Publishers catalog.

F. G. Armijo Store & Co. - Ledger of Credit Extended 18 September 1934-02 October 1935

Bernalillo County Abstract and Title Company Collection - records of property transactions, grantor and grantee indexes, indexes to court actions actions, and abstracts of titles.

Bridgers & Paxton Collection - documents regarding the engineering firm Bridgers & Paxtion, including the Solar Building, which was the first active solar-heated commercial building, finished in 1956.

Calendar Collection - includes past Balloon Fiesta calendars, and more.

Citizen's Record Collection - includes records of a variety of civic projects such as Petroglyph National Monument and Albuquerque's Open Spaces.

City Engineer's Office Collection - maps, plans and records relating to Albuquerque infrastructure projects. 

Colligan Collection - personal papers, manuscripts, photos, and related material documenting John B. Colligan's research on the genealogy of the Armijo, Borradile, and Colligan families.

Corrales Art Association Collection -- newsletters, correspondence, photos, ephemera. Includes references to Tony Armijo, Nick Abdalla, Bette Casteel, Max F. Chavez, Betty Colbert, Max Flatow, Peggy Hooker, Neal Putman, Doris Steider, Tom Thomason among others.

Darrow Collection -- includes a route driver's log book from French's Dairy (1951) and corporation records for Darrow Ice Cream Company.

Don Quixote Collection - includes a variety of editions of Don Quixote over the years, as well as statuary and recordings.

Erna Fergusson Diploma Collection - includes Erna Fergusson's degrees from the University of New Mexico and Columbia University.

Federal Works Agency Collection - includes publications: Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Adults, Housekeeping Aide Project Work Book, Rules of all Games to be Used in the City School N.Y.A. Program.

Fergusson-Robinson Letters - three letters from Erna Fergusson to Caroline Hadley Robinson; one letter to Louis Robinson. Uniquely personal glimpses into the life and concerns of Albuquerque's First Lady of Letters.

Ralph Freese Scrapbooks - collections of clippings related to the career of Albuquerque choral musician Ralph Freese. 

Elizabeth Garrett Sheet Music CollectionMusic by Elizabeth Garrett, song writer who wrote "O, Fair New Mexico." Related collection: New Mexico Sheet Music.

Earl Grasser Collection - newspaper clippings mostly pertaining to New Mexico issues, particularly political issues, largely from the 1930s.

Hetzel Civilian Conservation Corps CollectionBooks, maps, certificates, and teaching material related to Peter Hetzel's work as a cooking instructor for the CCC.

History of Petroglyph National Monument - A gift from FOTAP Keepers Issac C. and Sharon Eastvold, this collection of over 20 boxes contains documents relating to the establishment of the Petroglyph National Monument.

Independent Publishing Company Collection - Corporation record book of the company from incorporation in 1939.

Ralph Jones Collection - Jones was the proprietor of Jones Motor Company on Central Avenue (now the site of Kelly's Brew Pub). The collection includes photos, correspondence, and memorabilia related to Jones's participation in civic affairs, particularly his participation in the Armed Forces Advisory Committee.

Jones Motor Company Building Collection - From Automobile Showroom to Kelly’s Brew Pub – The Evolution of an Architectural Gem

Gladys Kingston Collection - This collection is a gift from Nancy Tucker, and consists of a scrapbook called The Girl Graduate: Her Own Book, a copy of the UNM Mirage yearbook from 1934, a high school scrapbook, a college scrapbook, and a signed copy of Rhymes from New Mexico by Charles E. Hodgin, all belonging to Gladys Kingston.

El Kookoóee - Festival de Otoño Files - contains letters, receipts, and papers documenting Rudolfo Anaya's efforts to introduce the annual El Kookoóee celebrations in the South Valley.

Kurt's Camera Corral, Inc. Collection - contains documents and artifacts pertaining to Kurt’s Cameral Corral, Inc., an Albuquerque business that Kurt Kubie began in 1950 in the Nob Hill shopping center.

Daniel Angus MacPherson, Jr. Collection - contains items related to the military service, legal career and Albuquerque social life of Daniel Angus MacPherson, Jr. and his family.

Map Collection (Uncataloged) - a listing of maps not currently found in the library catalog, but available for viewing.

Marigold Parade Collection

Mayor of Albuquerque Scrapbooks - administrations of:

  • David Rusk 
  • Louis Saavedra

Menu Collection - variety of menus and coasters from local restaurants.

John "Mike" Michnovicz Collection - contains newspaper clippings, memorabilia from John "Mike" Michnovicz, “Through his photographs, John J. "Mike" Michnovicz documented Los Alamos during the building of the first atomic bomb, but he's probably better known for his accordion performances.” (ABQ Journal obituary)

Chuck Mittlestadt Collection - newspaper clippings, correspondence, and publicity items generated by freelance Albuquerque publicist and journalist Chuck Mittlestadt. 

New Mexico and Albuquerque Sheet Music - sheet music about or published in Albuquerque or New Mexico. Related collection: Elizabeth Garrett Sheet Music Collection.

New Mexico Council of Administrative Women in Education - meeting minutes and treasurer's reports (1917-1974).

New Mexico Federation of Women's Clubs - four scrapbooks concerning the Federation of Women’s Clubs and Frances M. (Mrs. R.W.) Goddard, President and Director of the New Mexico Federation of Women’s Clubs, 1937-1941.

New Mexico Promotional Materials Collection - tourism and "booster" publications.

New Mexico Promotional Pamphlets - tourism and "booster" publications.

Newspaper issues - Albuquerque - A collection of individual issues of newspapers from Albuquerque.

Newsapaper issues - Albuquerque Journal & Tribune - A collection of individual issues of the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune.

Newspaper issues - New Mexico - A collection of individual issues of newspapers from various parts of New Mexico.  Dates range from 1894-1938.

Nob Hill Main Street Project - information about the Nob Hill Main Street, INC., a not-for-profit corporation established in 1985 to develop and carry out the economic revitalization of the Nob Hill Neighborhood commercial district. 

Okie Joe's Petition - a petition created in 1979 to "Preserve Okie's."

T. M. Pearce Scrapbooks - collections of reviews and correspondence relating to the work of writer and scholar T. M. Pearce, perhaps best known for New Mexico Place Names: a Geographical Dictionary

Postcard Images of New Mexico - featuring Albuquerque sites and Southwestern Native American pueblos.

Public Works of Art Donations (1934), including:

 Louis Ewing serigraph collection

Ernie Pyle Collection - newspaper clippings, some original documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and realia.

Quijotes de America, Inc. -

Joel Tito Ramirez Collection -

Alan B. Reed Collection - correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings and other items related to the political career of Albuquerque city councilor Alan B. Reed.

Janet Rontz Collection - illustrations of homes and other buildings in the Greater Albuquerque Area. 

Smith & Cantelou Plat Archive - plats of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County from 1887 to 1948. "The plats of subdivisions and additions to the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, contained in this volume, have been compiled from official data, and are true and correct copies of the original plats, filed in the Office of the County Clerk and Recorder of Bernalillo County, to the best of our knowledge and belief.  L.W. Contelou & Co."

The Sun Newspaper Archive - the collection contains newspaper issues from both The Sun and The Albuquerque Morning Journal from May and June of 1908.  Also included is an issue of The Sun in which the editor reports an assault on himself by an Albuquerque police officer.

Nurse Florinda Thais (1905-1989) - information about Nurse Thais who was active in healthcare in Albuquerque.  She received a nursing degree from St. Joseph’s Sanatorium, Albuquerque in 1919. She attended/worked for St. Joseph’s from 1917-1923, Women’s and Children’s Hospital in 1924, St. Antony’s Hospital in Las Vegas in 1925, and at Presbyterian Sanatorium/Hospital from 1946-1958. 

Vertical Files - folder sets containing newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets, photographs, documents, event programs and related ephemera. 

W.P.A. Collection - correspondence, applications for approval, plans, quotes from vendors, receipts, blueprints, and pay reports related to Works Progress Administration projects undertaken in Albuquerque between (1931-1942). Related collections: Federal Works Agency Publications, Hetzel Civilian Conservation Corps Collection and City Engineer's Office Collection.

Youth Concerts of New Mexico Collection - business records and some publicity information (1969-1971).

What Is an Archive?


An archive is "a place in which public records or historical documents are preserved; also the material preserved (often used in plural)" - or "a repository or collection especially of information." Source:  merriam-webster.com

Some archival boxes housing the Ernie Pyle Collection

Archival holdings are a rich and growing resource at Special Collections. Archive collections are available for in-house use only.

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