Featured Publications

About Open Access (University Libraries)

The University of New Mexico proudly supports open access. Open access (OA) is the free online distribution of digital literature. OA removes the barriers caused by subscription and licensing fees in order to promote scholarly growth.

This collection holds information about how OA works. A research guide to OA can also be found here.

Abya Yala (Research Collections and Data)

American Studies ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Foremost, among the American Studies Department’s many areas of distinction in research and teaching are:
  • Transnationalism, Globalization, and Colonialism
  • Critical Regionalism and Southwest Studies
  • Critical Race and Class Studies
  • Environmental and Social Justice
  • Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
  • Comparative Cultural and Popular Culture Studies
Students have the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary approach to their specific areas of interest, and receive training in a broad range of historical, literary, visual, and ethnographic theory and methods.

American Studies Faculty and Staff Publications (American Studies)

American Studies is a formal academic discipline that began more than seventy years ago as the United States was undergoing a series of crises over the meaning of the nation. Then, as now, American Studies has posed critical questions to Americans about the meaning of the United States in a global society. UNM's program, one of the first four American Studies programs in the nation, remains a dynamic place of critical inquiry, as well as a leading resource for scholarly explorations of the Southwest and New Mexico in particular.

Anderson School of Management Bulletins (Anderson School of Management)

Anderson School of Management Theses & Dissertations (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Anthropology ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

UNM Anthropology is a highly regarded, affordable program at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Located in the American Southwest, the school is well placed to take advantage of the region’s cultural diversity, deep historic roots, and remarkable archaeology. The Department’s faculty work here, throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of field training and laboratory programs, develop their professional skills, and contribute to Anthropology’s distinctive perspective.

Anthropology Faculty & Staff Publications (Anthropology)

UNM Anthropology is a highly regarded, affordable program at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Located in the American Southwest, the school is well placed to take advantage of the region’s cultural diversity, deep historic roots, and remarkable archaeology. The Department’s faculty work here, throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of field training and laboratory programs, develop their professional skills, and contribute to Anthropology’s distinctive perspective.

Architecture and Planning ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Art & Art History ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Assessment and Statistics (University Libraries)

The University Libraries collects statistics in order to facilitate creation of reports to various entities, as well as informing the UL regarding usage and trends. In-house developed statistical tracing software, along with appropriate documentation, articles and presentations made regarding our data and trends analysis systems, are included.

Best Student Essays (UNM History)

Biology ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

We have strong programs in ecology and evolution that embrace diverse programs in ecosystems ecology, plant population biology, behavioral ecology, metabolic ecology and collections-based studies in the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Lying in intermediate positions are integrative programs in parasitology and comparative immunology that cut across traditional disciplines, and at the cell/molecular end of the spectrum are programs in genomics, fungal biology and Drosophila development that also build on evolutionary themes. We have deliberately fostered the concept of a single, large, interactive department covering the spectrum of modern biology, one that blurs traditional boundaries and favors collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches.

Biology Faculty & Staff Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Biomedical Engineering ETDs (Engineering ETDs)

Established in 2010, the Biomedical Engineering (BME) program at UNM grants both MS (both thesis and non-thesis) and PhD degrees. Within the BME degree, there are two educational emphasis areas (or "tracks"): 1) Molecular and Cellular Systems, and 2) Biomaterials and Biomechanics. Additional emphasis areas are currently under development. Reflecting the BME program's interdisciplinary nature, the home departments of the faculty participating in our BME graduate program span our School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Biomedical Sciences ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is an integrated departmental program. It provides students with a broad-based, one-year core curriculum followed by focused course work and thesis/dissertation research. Research is conducted in faculty laboratories in the various basic science departments in the School of Medicine. In addition to our School of Medicine faculty, the BSGP is complemented by affiliated faculty in the UNM College of Pharmacy, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and Los Alamos National Laboratory who may direct graduate student research. To receive their degree, students fulfill the requirements of the BSGP in one of six Research Areas.

Bureau of Business and Economic Research (Museums and Research Centers)

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) at the University of New Mexico conducts economic and demographic research and analysis related to New Mexico. The BBER also maintains a library of socioeconomic data: the Data Bank, which is open to the public. Staff at the Data Bank represent BBER in the U.S. Census Bureau’s State Data Center/Business and Industry Data Center Program.

BBER products and activities include a monthly statistical report, New Mexico Business-Current Economic Report , available by subscription; sponsorship of the annual New Mexico Data Users Conference; the FOR-UNM Economic Forecasting Service and quarterly FOR-UNM Bulletin, available on a subscription basis; and contract research for clients on a variety of economic and demographic topics. Reports produced from contract research that are available to the public will be disseminated on BBER’s web site and in UNM's Digital Repository.

For information about BBER and access to various socioeconomic data, go to


If you are interested in BBER’s contract research program, please contact the Director, Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, at 505-277-2216 or jeffm@unm.edu

For data requests, please contact the Data Bank staff at 505-277-6626 or dbinfo@unm.edu

Centennial of New Mexico Statehood (Center for Regional Studies)

The Federal Presence in New Mexico: Statehood to 1945

Following sixty-two years as a federal territory, New Mexico became a state on January 6, 1912. Given New Mexico’s long tenure as a U.S. territory and the important roles the government fulfilled after statehood, the topic of federal presence in New Mexico links past to present. But the activities of the federal government are merely the entry point, a framework. A dynamic exchange existed between laws and policies created in Washington, D.C. and their application in New Mexico. Understanding the actions of citizens as well as communities permits us to see how circumstances and conditions in New Mexico had an impact on—and even changed—the federal government’s presence over time.

These brief historical accounts and accompanying scans are intended for a general interest readership. They seek to reveal the very human—and therefore complicated and at times conflicting—aspirations and expectations behind ideas and events that help mold the state in the twentieth century.

The entries are fragments of a larger narrative about twentieth-century New Mexico. During the Centennial of Statehood in 2012, I plan to publish the full version in a book examining the federal presence in New Mexico from 1900 to 2000. Until the book appears, though, this website presents drafts of topical selections. Between the summers of 2008 and 2010, over seventy entries will be posted on these subjects (listed in order of appearance): Oil and the Federal Presence; World War I; Attaining Statehood; The Progressive Era; The 1920s; The Great Depression; World War II.

The Centennial of New Mexico Statehood is a public service project of the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico’s Zimmerman Library. One mission of the Center for Regional Studies is to create new sources of knowledge about New Mexico, and these essays seek to do so. All historical interpretations are solely those of the author, Dr. David V. Holtby, and are derived independent of any official positions of either the Center for Regional Studies or the University of New Mexico. To promote accessibility for nonspecialists, the entries remove all scholarly citations. A list of sources, both archival and published, is found for each topic in the entry “On Your Own.” Comments and queries can be addressed to dholtby@unm.edu.

Chemistry ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Chicana and Chicano Studies Faculty Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Chicano, Hispano, Latino Library Program (Inter-American Studies)

The Chicano, Hispano, Latino Program (CHIPOTLE) of the University Libraries at the University of New Mexico, created 2005, serves the information, collections, and knowledge discovery needs of UNM programs, students, faculty, and the community-at-large. CHIPOTLE provides singular assistance to learn how to use the library and acquire research skills. We are especially committed to promoting those proficiencies required for successful academic pursuits and preparation for being well-informed citizens, leaders, and life-long learners. The collections in this community document the work of faculty research and outreach activities.

Civil Engineering ETDs (Engineering ETDs)

Civil Engineering Faculty Publications (Engineering Publications)

Clinical and Translational Science Center Trainee Scholarly Output (Health Sciences Research Centers)

This collection contains materials created from activities and course work as a result of a UNM CTSC training program.

Communication ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Computer Science ETDs (Engineering ETDs)

CSWR Digitized Books (Center for Southwest Research)

CSWR Reference Tools (Center for Southwest Research)

Dawn of Nations Today (Native American Studies)

Dental Hygiene ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Design and Planning Assistance Center - Projects (Architecture and Planning)

The mission of the Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC) is to deliver design and planning services to low-income communities throughout the state of New Mexico. DPAC was founded at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning (SA•P) in 1969, as part of a national community design movement that linked university design programs and design practitioners with communities in need. Today, DPAC is the second oldest, continuously operating, community design center based in a public university. In its 44-year history, DPAC has completed approximately 1500 projects, serving hundreds of communities—large and small—in every county of New Mexico. The DPAC Studio encourages broad-based thinking about urban design and planning. As Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners, we collaborate in a process that includes research, community participation, asset inventory, analysis, programming, site planning, design and recommendations for project implementation. We tackle the design process at multiple scales as we consider regional trends and characteristics, transportation issues, economic conditions, unique development and architectural patterns, local history, community climate, and community goals via the stakeholders.

Disaster Recovery (University Libraries)

This is a collection of digital objects (reports, spread sheets, plans, news releases, photos, videos, et cetera) that document, describe, and archive the history of recovery, of events, and of community and staff involvement, at the UNM Libraries after various disasters, including a fire, mold prevention, and a flood.

Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Graduate students may pursue studies emphasizing climatology and paleoclimatology; crystallography and materials science; environmental geology; geochemistry; geomorphology; geophysics; geodynamics; geospatial analysis; hydrology; igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary petrology; invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology; mineralogy; paleomagnetism; planetary sciences, sedimentology; soils; stratigraphy; structural geology; tectonics; and volcanology.

Earth and Planetary Sciences Faculty and Staff Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Economics ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

The growing involvement of government in regulating economic affairs in such diverse areas as utility rate regulation, environmental standards, occupational health and safety regulation, medical and other services for the elderly, and assistance to low-income households has created a considerable and growing demand for people with administrative capabilities combined with an understanding of economic incentives, economic systems, and the role of the public sector Students with Master's and Ph.D.'s in Economics are particularly suited to meeting these employment needs of federal, state and local governments. Our department offers a challenging program with the opportunity to work with the faculty more closely and effectively. We hope that your interest in our program will lead you in the right direction to a successful career in graduate school at UNM.

Education Faculty Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

English Language and Literature ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Exhibit Posters (Inter-American Studies)

Exhibits created, sponsored or promoted by the Inter-American Studies Program , University Libraries, UNM

Faculty and Staff Publications (Anderson School of Management)

The Anderson School is proud to archive the intellectual output of its faculty at this site.

Faculty Publications (Cinematic Arts)

Feminist Research Institute Lecture Series (Museums and Research Centers)

Finding Aids (University Libraries)

This collection includes items that help locate materials. Finding aids in this collection include the Chicano Studies Serials on microfilm, the Gigante collection, the Latino comic book and graphic art collection, and Literature of Folklore.

Foreign Languages & Literatures ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

FLL's graduate programs in Classical Studies, Comparative Literature/Cultural Studies, French, and German Studies train students in literary and cultural criticism as well as in language pedagogy, preparing them for careers as researchers and educators. Internationally recognized for their innovative scholarship and teaching, faculty members in our department are strongly interdisciplinary in their research and teaching interests.

General Clinical Research Center Newsletters (Health Sciences Research Centers)

Welcome to the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Community.

The General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The resources of the GCRC are available to faculty, staff and students of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy in addition to other University departments and community physicians. The GCRC provides a support environment for many types of biomedical research projects including those examining the causes, mechanisms, prevention, control, and cure of human disease as well as projects investigating normal human physiology. Located in the University Hospital, the GCRC provides a variety of services for researchers including four inpatient beds, an outpatient clinic, nursing, bionutrition, statistical, and laboratory and Informatics computer services.

The repository contains recent publications from research conducted in the UNM GCRC, and ongoing research projects and it may also be used as a repository for de-identified data that investigators wish to share if HRRC approval is first obtained.

You are able to browse all the contents of the repository, but are required to be a valid user in the system in order to submit content for the archive. You can do this by sending an email to request a user account to gcrc@salud.unm.edu.

Geography ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences ETDs (Education ETDs)

The mission of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences is to positively impact citizens and institutions of New Mexico and other regions through teaching, scholarship, and service pertaining to healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, lifetime physical activity, and/or sport participation. The curricula offered in the program foster understanding in five areas:
  1. Athletic Training.
  2. Exercise Science,
  3. Health Education/Promotion,
  4. Physical Education, and
  5. Sport Administration.

Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas

ISSN 1945-1482

Hemisphere is an annual publication produced by graduate students affiliated with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Hemisphere provides a forum for graduate students to present scholarship and studio practice pertaining to all aspects and time periods of the visual and material cultures of North, Central, and South America, and related world contexts. Through the production of Hemisphere students promote their educational and professional interests as they gain first-hand experience in academic publishing. Although the inaugural issue highlighted essays, reviews, and artwork by graduate students from the Department of Art and Art History at UNM, subsequent editions consist of work submitted by graduate students at other universities in the United States. The journal welcomes and will continue to accept submissions from authors at other institutions in and outside of the United States.

Himalayan Policy Research Conference (Nepal Study Center)

The Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy (HJDD), a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal, invites high quality papers on development, democracy, conflict, and environmental issues relating to the Himalayan or the South Asian region. The submitted papers should provide robust analysis of issues and yield significant policy implications. We consider development issues in a broad socio-economic perspective to include growth, poverty, income distribution, education, environment, industrial and labor issues, trade, technology, regional development, health care, gender and ethnicity, and child labor. HJDD also welcomes papers on democracy, conflict resolution, and political transition.

Himalayan Research Papers Archive (Nepal Study Center)

Nepal Study Center's research repository initiative --Himalayan Research Papers Archive-- is designed to showcase policy research work related to the Himalayan region, Nepal, and the countries in South Asia. The topics are broadly defined to cover development, democracy, conflict and the environment. Researchers from around the world are urged to upload their manuscripts and working papers. We consider development issues in a broad socio-economic perspective to include growth, poverty, knowledge economy, income distribution, education, environment, industrial and labor issues, trade, technology, regional development, health care, GIS analysis, urbanization, gender and ethnicity, and child labor. We also welcome papers on democracy, conflict resolution, state restructuring, and political transition. To learn more about the NSC's repository, submission policies, and the registration requirements please visit its official site.

History ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

HSC Office for Diversity (HSC Offices and Programs)

Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs (Education ETDs)

Our more than 400 students working towards Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees study alongside a distinguished faculty, active in grant-funded research, experts in teaching, contributors to their communities, and leaders in their disciplines. The five programs of IFCE — Counselor Education, Educational Psychology, Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Family Studies, and Nutrition — represent unique domains of expertise while sharing common values for human development, the importance of diversity, and excellence in scholarship and teaching.

INLP Events & Lectures (Indigenous Nations Library Program)

INLP Pictorial Archive (Indigenous Nations Library Program)

Photos from the Indigenous Nations Library Program at UNM.

Institute for Medieval Studies Spring Lecture Series (Museums and Research Centers)

The Institute's Thirty-Second Spring Lecture Series, "Medieval Animals," will take place April 24-27, 2017. Click for full schedule.

InterProfessional Education Research Posters (UNM Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education)

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs (Education ETDs)

Our department offers a rich and diverse set of courses and programs that address the needs of the increasingly complex world that is faced by teachers, scholars, and others interested in furthering their own knowledge and contributing to a deeper understanding of languages, literacy processes, diverse cultures, and educational thought. Work within Language, Literacy, & Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) cultivates deep understandings, strategies, and expertise in: Language (including bilingual education and English as a second language Literacy (including reading, writing, language arts, digital studies, 21st century literacies, and literature studies) Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies (including race, gender, class, and sexuality) American Indian Education Social Studies Education Qualitative Research Methodologies

Latin American Collections Publications (Inter-American Studies)

Latin American Studies Courses (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Latin American Studies ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

The LAS program is administered by the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, which confers LAS degrees. The LAS program draws on UNM's cross-campus excellence in research, scholarship and teaching on Latin America, and is dedicated to advancing knowledge in, and service to, the field.

Liberal Democracy Nepal Bulletin (Nepal Study Center)

Liberal Democracy Nepal Bulletin (LDNB) focuses on the contemporary political economy, democratic development, good governance, international relations, and conflict resolution in Nepal and invites high quality essays and commentaries for publication. To learn more about the mission, editorial board, and the submission guidelines, please visit its official site.

Linguistics ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

The UNM Department of Linguistics is the only degree-granting linguistics program in one of the most multilingual and multicultural states in the U.S. As such, it bears particular responsibilities both to the field of linguistics and to the residents of the region it serves. The department thus has two concerns: (1) teaching and research on language structure and use, and (2) service to society on language-related issues. The department's approach to linguistic theory takes a primarily cognitive-functional perspective that focuses on language structure as interacting with language use. Data-driven and fieldwork methods are emphasized to support usage-based analyses of dynamic language phenomena. This orientation emphasizes the study of language typology, change, discourse, interaction, variation, interpreting, processing, and acquisition. The department is particularly concerned with the study of regional languages (especially Navajo, varieties of Spanish, and indigenous languages of the Americas) and signed languages (American Sign Language, in particular). This theoretical approach provides the foundation for effectively addressing our commitment to the application of linguistics to social concerns, including minority language maintenance and empowerment of minority communities.

Long Term Ecological Research - Reports (Long Term Ecological Research (LTER))

Mathematics & Statistics ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Mechanical Engineering ETDs (Engineering ETDs)

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Publications (Engineering Publications)

Mechanical Engineering Student Publications (Engineering Publications)

Mirage 1898-1903 (Daily Lobo)

Monthly Newsletters (Indigenous Nations Library Program)

Music ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Native American Libraries Special Interest Group (NALSIG) (Indigenous Nations Library Program)

NALSIG is a special interest group of the New Mexico Library Association. NALSIG supports the development of library service to Native Americans through libraries both on and off reservations.

Natural Resources Journal (Law Journals)

ISSN 0028-0739

The Natural Resources Journal (NRJ) is published by the University of New Mexico School of Law and is an international, interdisciplinary forum devoted to the study of natural and environmental resources. The Journal is policy oriented, and seeks to overcome the isolation of scholars in various disciplines who are concerned with natural and environmental resources. Interdisciplinary collaboration in solving resource-related problems was a formative principle in the creation of the Journal and, for 50 years, the Journal has been guided by that principle. The NRJ's contributors come from various disciplines, represent many countries, and provide many approaches to the complex issues raised by the need to balance resource development and environmental concerns.


Authors may receive download statistics through Digital Commons.

Navajo Studies Conference 2006 (Indigenous Nations Library Program)

An archive of the planning and presentation documents of the 16th NAVAJO STUDIES CONFERENCE, "In the Sacred Manner We Walk as Diné," held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 1-4, 2006. The first Navajo Studies Conference was held at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1986. It is returning to the University of New Mexico on its 20th Anniversary. The Conference promotes Navajo Studies including the study of the Navajo language, culture, history and all aspects of Navajo life. The theme is all inclusive.

New Mexico Anthropologist (Anthropology)

First published in 1937, the New Mexico Anthropologist was the first version of the Journal of Anthropological Research, followed by the Southwestern Journal of Anthropology.

New Mexico Composers' Archive (Research Collections and Data)

New Mexico Quarterly (University of New Mexico Press)

A publication of the faculty and students at the University of New Mexico between 1931 and 1968.

Nuclear Engineering ETDs (Engineering ETDs)

Nursing ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Occasional Papers (Museum of Southwestern Biology)

Occupational Therapy ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Optical Science and Engineering ETDs (Engineering ETDs)

The Optical Science and Engineering (OSE) Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is jointly administered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We offer both the M.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree in Optical Science and Engineering.

Organization, Information and Learning Sciences ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences Student Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

The Organization, Information and Learning Sciences (OILS) interdisciplinary program focuses on adult learning; learning sciences; instructional design and technology; organizational learning and development; evaluation; distance education; eLearning; human performance technologies and data management. The program (formerly known as Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology or OLIT) is now part of the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences.

Pharmaceutical Sciences ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Philosophy ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Physics & Astronomy ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Physics & Astronomy Faculty and Staff Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Political Science ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Political Science Faculty Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Prevention Research Center Newsletters (Health Sciences Research Centers)

Psychology ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Public Administration ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Research Papers (Latin American and Iberian Institute)

The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at The University of New Mexico (UNM) is one of the nation's leading foreign language and area studies centers. More than 130 UNM faculty specializing in Latin American research and teaching are members of the Faculty Concilium on Latin America and Iberia and are the primary constituency of the LAII. The LAII's Research Paper Series and Occasional Paper Series provide refereed forums for the timely dissemination of research on Latin American topics. Authors also gain the benefits of comment and criticism from the larger research community if they intend to later submit their work to other publications.

Section 1000: Organization (University Administrative Policies and Procedures)

The official, current versions of all policies can be found on the UNM Policy Office website, http://policy.unm.edu. The historical versions included here are up to date as of 12-31-2016; for other historical documents, please contact the UNM Policy Office at policy@unm.edu.

Selected Images from the Albuquerque Tricentennial Exhibit (Center for Southwest Research)

These are selected images from the Center for Southwest Research exhibit, which was on display from March through August of 2006 in the Waters Room of Zimmerman Library. The exhibit featured materials from the CSWR collection and was curated by Nancy Brown-Martinez. Audio and video from the exhibit event is available here.

SHRI Publications (Southwest Hispanic Research Institute)

Sociology ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Sociology Faculty and Staff Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Spanish and Portuguese ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Spanish Colonial Research Center (Center for Southwest Research)


A Partnership of the National Park Service and the University of New Mexico

As a way of recognizing our Spanish colonial past in the area of present-day United States and in commemoration of the Columbus Quincentennial in 1992, the National Park Service established the Spanish Colonial Research Center in 1986 as a partnership with the University of New Mexico. The Spanish Colonial Research Center's primary purpose is to develop a computerized data base from Spanish colonial documents to serve the research needs of the National Park Service's Spanish Colonial Heritage sites as well as other appropriate federal, state and local organizations. The Spanish Colonial Research Center cooperates with research entities in Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

The Resources of the Spanish Colonial Research Center
Under the direction of Dr. Joseph P. Sánchez, the Center has accumulated over 85,000 pages of microfilmed Spanish colonial documents and approximately 4,500 maps, architectural plans, and sketches of North America from Spanish and Mexican archives. Additionally, the Center has compiled computerized indices of its collections and prepares transcriptions and translations to form its research sources. Concurrently, a renewed Memorandum of Understanding originally signed in summer 1997, enables the Center to coordinate its research activities with appropriate faculty and graduate students. In association with the University of New Mexico, the Spanish Colonial Research Center provides opportunities for national and international scholarly exchanges. In partnership with the University of New Mexico, the Spanish Colonial Research Center publishes the Colonial Latin American Historical Review, a quarterly journal.

The Spanish Colonial Research Center maintains and increases its data base collection, which historically reflects significant aspects of our national story. The data base assists the National Park Service and sister agencies in the interpretation/preservation of its programs. The Spanish Colonial Research Center assists National Park Service parks with Spanish-language translations of wayside exhibits, General Management Plans, brochures, correspondence, etc. Accordingly, the Spanish Colonial Research Center has created a standardized usage of Spanish grammar, syntax, and vocabulary through its translation services for National Park Service parks which ensures accessibility for Spanish-speaking visitors. The Spanish Colonial Research Center also provides research assistance for new area studies in various states.

Our Spanish Colonial Heritage
Nearly 22 summers had passed after Christopher Columbus' first voyage in 1492, when Spanish explorers under Juan Ponce de León stood on the shores of Florida and claimed it for Spain. By the middle 1540s other expeditions such as those led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and Hernando de Soto, had explored from California to Florida. These and other expeditions caught a first glimpse of North America for Europeans in the first half century since the European discovery of the New World. The legacy of the encounter between early Europeans and Native Americans throughout the New World is still with us today.

Spanish colonial exploration, settlement and development of vast regions of North America are a part of our national story, which has made a major contribution to North America's settlement patterns, law, history, culture, and language. Long before there was a Jamestown, Virginia, or a Plymouth Rock, there was a San Agustín in Florida and a San Gabriel in New Mexico. Between 1492 and 1821, the Spanish claim to North America extended from Alaska to Florida and the Caribbean as well as Mexico, Central and south America.

The National Park Service's Spanish Colonial Heritage sites range from Alaska to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and from California to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas--all areas in North America once claimed by Spain. Among the many historically significant sites in the continental United States are Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, the site visited by Rodríguez Cabrillo, 1543; El Morro National Monument ("Inscription Rock") in New Mexico where early Spanish travelers such as Juan de Oñate (1604) carved their names; St. Augustine established by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés (1565) in Florida; and, other mission and fortification sites in the greater Southwest and Southeastern states.


Albuquerque, New Mexico

Spanish Colonial Research Center Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131

(505) 346-2890

The Spanish Colonial Research Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Spanish & Portuguese Faculty and Staff Publications (Scholarly Communication - Departments)

Special Education ETDs (Education ETDs)

The Special Education Program offers a range of rigorous degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. We prepare educators, leaders, and policy-makers who strive to assist individuals with exceptionalities and their families create personally satisfying lives across a variety of school and community settings. Our outstanding faculty have developed courses, degrees, and certificates that can meet your needs whether you are exploring special education for the first time, investigating a possible career change, or seeking advanced professional development.

Special Publications (Museum of Southwestern Biology)

Speech and Hearing Sciences ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy ETDs (Education ETDs)

The department prepares students to become qualified teachers, effective leaders, change agents and academic researchers in the diverse schools and universities of New Mexico. TEELP offers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educational degree programs that prepare graduates to be teachers, principals and educational leaders who make a difference.

Theatre & Dance ETDs (Electronic Theses and Dissertations)

The IPE Insight (UNM Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education)

The Rio Chama Basin: Land, Water and Community (Center for Regional Studies)

Research Reports & Archives Compiled and edited by José A. Rivera and Moises Gonzales

Center for Regional Studies, University of New Mexico
Resource Center for Raza Planning, UNM School of Architecture & Planning


The body of work presented in this volume resulted from a National Science Foundation multi-year award in the fall of 2010 as part of the NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural-Human Systems Program, Grant No. 101516. The project was titled: Acequia Water Systems Linking Culture and Nature—Integrated Analysis of Community Resilience to Climate and Land Use Changes. The grant was made to New Mexico State University with a sub-award to the Center for Regional Studies (CRS) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). The main purpose of the research was to study the components of resilience within coupled hydrologic and human systems in the northern Rio Grande watershed of New Mexico with a focus on traditional uses of water by acequia communities. The study sites for the project included the Rio Hondo Valley in Taos County, the Alcalde stretch of the main stem Rio Grande near Española, and the El Rito Valley in the Rio Chama basin.

At the Center for Regional Studies, the UNM research team selected the Rio Chama drainage as a geography that lent itself to the study of a multicultural society in a regional basin reflecting the dynamics of change at temporal and spatial scales. In the CRS sub-award scope of work, the major deliverables included graduate student research reports, a journal article co-authored by a team of faculty and graduate students, a social-ecological history of the Rio Chama basin, and an inventory of land covers and water bodies in maps. All of these goals were accomplished by the fall of 2015, and most of the work was subsequently compiled into this 2016 edited volume titled: The Rio Chama Basin--Land, Water, and Community. From inception, the Resource Center for Raza Planning (RCRP) at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning collaborated with the Center for Regional Studies providing mapping and technical support. With grants from the McCune Foundation, RCRP organized summer programs that were based in El Rito and other locations along the lower Rio Chama and its confluence with the Rio Grande. The RCRP projects complemented the NSF coupled natural and human systems research program and were subsequently edited for inclusion in this compiled volume.

The first section of the volume features two monographs, one that narrates the social-ecological history of the Rio Chama basin from Pre-Columbian times into the modern era, and a second one that focuses on land claims and homesteads within the Santa Fe National Forest from 1906-1937. The second section contains articles on the roots of community in the historic Rio Arriba region with a focus on mutualism, cultural endurance and resilience; a case study of the Petaca land grant at the time of review by the U.S. Court of Private Land Claims; and a published journal article on the use of qualitative and visualization methodologies as tools for regional water planning. The third section includes a series of graduate student projects that examined the cultural evolution, landscape morphology and land use change in Rio Arriba County. This section also contains a field school report for the economic development of the Rio Arriba Indo-Hispano homeland; a related study that documents querencia and place-based community planning,; and a preservation plan for the Pueblo de Abiquiú developed by a summer urban design studio. The fourth and last section of the volume incorporates geographic mapping data for the reader to consult as supplementary material: (a) an aerial imagery and figure ground study of local communities; (b) a series of land cover maps with river systems, natural features and place names; (c) 1935 aerial maps of Rio Arriba County; and (d) hydrographic survey maps of Rio Chama sections and tributaries.


The principal investigator for the NSF award at New Mexico State University was Alexander Fernald, assisted by co-principals José Rivera at UNM, John Wilson at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Vincent Tidwell at Sandia Laboratories. Other partners in the research included the New Mexico Acequia Association, the Taos Valley Acequia Association, the El Rito Acequia Association, the El Rito Regional Water and Waste Water Association, and the Alcalde Acequia Association. At UNM we thank the Center for Regional Studies Director, Tobías Durán, for sponsoring the NSF CNH sub-award and also for his many years of support that funded a multitude of land and water projects in context of the American Southwest. The sub-award budget was administered by Marina Cadena, CRS Unit Administrator. We thank Marina for processing the accounting documents and other paperwork needed to implement the Rio Chama study. We also acknowledge the UNM graduate students who conducted research for the project during the five-year NSF award and whose work we incorporated for inclusion in this volume: Sam Markwell, J. Jarrett García, Marcos A. Roybal, Sophia Thompson, and Roberto H. Valdez. Assistant Professor Moises Gonzales, Director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning, served as a collaborator and along with many of his graduate students he provided mapping and other technical support to the research team. A special thanks to graduate student Alex Ochoa who assisted with the production of maps and figures selected for this volume.


José A. Rivera, Research Scholar, Center for Regional Studies and UNM Professor of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning

Moises Gonzales, Director of Resource Center for Raza Planning and UNM Assistant Professor of Planning, School of Architecture and Planning

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