Local History

Describes archival holdings that illustrate Albuquerque's growth and development from 1883 - 1960. Most materials are from the 1940s and 1950s.

Grappling with Growth

Albuquerque Plans 1950

Page 5

Annual Report 1959-1960

Page 8

Annual Report 1959-1960

Page 13

All Years

Links to Planning Initiatives and Initiators

Planning for Albuquerque's growth is a constant juggling act to balance the city's unique geography, multifarious development patterns and constituent communities. Take a look at Albuquerque's past and ongoing attempts to achieve this balance, then refine and improve it for generations to come.

Links to Planning Initiatives and Initiators

Relevant Reads Gallery

City at the End of the World

An impassioned and loving critique of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Price distills his philosophy of what makes Albuquerque such an attractive place to live in and shows us how to keep it that way.

Clyde Tingley's New Deal for New Mexico, 1935-1938

Often referred to as Mayor of Albuquerque, Clyde Tingley may have had more influence on Albuquerque's history as Governor of New Mexico. Lucinda Lucero Sachs tells the story of how Tingley's networking talents helped him capitalize on the New Deal programs that built Albuquerque's infrastructure and kept its people working during the Great Depression.

Historical Background of Albuquerque, New Mexico

A quick and readable guide to Albuquerque's history from 1706 through 1961. Good as an overview, but not a definitive resource. Image credit: Historic Postcard Collection of ABQ-BERNCO Library - Copyright protected image.

The Postwar Transformation of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1945-1972

From the end of World War II to the closing months of 1972, Albuquerque, New Mexico, underwent as dramatic a transformation as any American city ever has in such a short time. Its population exploded from about 50,000 to more than five times that number, and the median income of its citizens adjusted for inflation doubled...Ex-Governor Clyde Tingley, Pete Domenici before he became a U.S. Senator, County Commission Chairman Dorothy Cline, Chicano activist Reies Tijerina and many others come to life on these pages.

Shining River Precious Land

Oral history of Albuquerque's North Valley, with excerpts from interviews conducted during the North Valley Oral History Project.