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Welcome to the State Records Center and Archives

The NM Commission of Public Records preserves, protects and facilitates access to public records that are held in trust for the people of New Mexico.
In 1959 the Commission was charged with establishing  the State Records Center and Archives.

We are responsible for the administration of the Public Records Act and the State Rules Act, as well as portions of other statutes.  We ensure rules decreed by State agencies are published and accessible.

New Mexico Register

The official publication of all notices of Rulemaking and all Adopted Rules by the State of NM

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New Mexico Administrative Code

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Notices and Announcements

New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board Fiscal Year 2017 Regrant Program:

Grant Workshops

The NMHRAB administers a regrant program to improve preservation and access to New Mexico's historical records.  Learn about NMHRAB's regrant program, changes to the Fiscal Year 2017 application and tips for submitting a successful application.  NMHRAB will hold 2 Free Statewide workshops on December 2, 2015 in Santa Fe, NM and on January 15, 2016 in Las Cruces, NM. 

Please read flyer (opens in new window) for more information.


General Memorandum FY16-001:

Storage of paper records at the State Records Center and Archives

Effective immediately, the Records Management Division will no longer accept Electronic Storage Transmittal forms for the pre-approval of paper records storage. Electronic Storage Transmittal forms for microfilm will be processed as usual. As regularly scheduled destructions resume and additional space is created, records center staff will first notify those agencies that have already received their storage labels. This will be in effect for both the Santa Fe and Albuquerque records centers. These changes are necessary due to on-going space shortages at both locations.  

Read the full memorandum here.




Historical Materials at SRCA Now Available to Public During Morning Hours

The Research Room at the State Records Center and Archives, located at 1205 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe, is now open on weekday mornings. The expanded hours will allow the general public and researchers more hours during the day to work on their projects.

The Research Room now opens at 9 a.m. and provides for an extra three hours for people to pull items from the archives vault or utilize the many other research tools available at the facility, according to Melissa Salazar, Deputy State Records Administrator at the SRCA. The Research Room previously opened at noon and the new hours took effect on April 1.


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The Importance of the Constitution

By Rick Hendricks, State Historian

No constitution no statehood, for New Mexico it was as simple as that.  more...



Government records are created with public funds and belong to the citizens of the State of New Mexico. Chapter 14, Article 5 NMSA 1978 - Public Records Recovery Act (will open in new window) governs the recovery of public records in New Mexico.

The Council of State Historical Records Coordinators released a statement in 2004 with regard to this issue. The Council requested eBay's assistance in alerting customers who seek to purchase and collect public records.


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The State Records Center and Archives offices will be closed for most Federal holidays.

January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day
January 19, 2015 - MLK Birthday
May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day
July 3, 2015 - Independence Day
September 7, 2015 - Labor Day
October 12, 2015 - Columbus Day
November 11, 2015 - Veterans Day
November 26-27, 2015 - Thanksgiving Day
December 25, 2105 - Christmas Day


Records Management

Another priority for us is providing records management programs for State agencies. 

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