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Library Resources: Latin American Collections

Latin American library resources at the University of New Mexico (UNM) are among the best in the nation.

The Latin American Collections, housed within UNM's University Libraries, represent the strongest single part of UNM's library print materials with nearly 600,000 books in English, Portuguese and Spanish. A small but growing collection of sources in Latin American indigenous languages supplements these holdings, which are spread across all libraries at UNM. As one of the major repositories of Latin American resources in the United States, the Latin American Collections cover all of the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts as well as professional fields, including Business Administration. UNM's holdings for Latin American Art, Art History and Photography are widely recognized among the best in the United States. .

There are significant manuscript collections as well as substantial compendiums of silkscreen and photo-offset posters, engravings, lithographs, block prints, photographs and other creative and graphic works such as chapbooks and artists' books. These materials are held in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR), located in Zimmerman library. Unique archival holdings on New Mexico as a contested territory of the Vice Royalty of New Spain (1598-1821) and independent Mexico (1821-1848) offer excellent opportunities for research in Latin American, Indigenous, Chicana/o and Southwest studies.

For more information, please visit the Latin American Collections website or contact Suzanne Schadl, Associate Professor and Collections Curator, at