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A significant aspect of our mission is to preserve New Mexico’s historical records and make them accessible to the public. Please visit HERITAGE, our online catalog, to search our collections and research your history.


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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

Proposed New Rule:

UPDATED: Proposed New Rule 1.21.2 NMAC – Retention and Disposition of Public Records

A copy of the proposed new rule, 1.21.2 NMAC – Retention and Disposition of Public Records, can be accessed here (PDF will open in new window).  A crosswalk tool is available for reference and can be accessed here (will open in new window).



The New Mexico Commission of Public Records (“Commission”) has scheduled a regular meeting for Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, which is an accessible facility, at 1205 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing, please contact Joseph Lovata at 476-7913 by August 17, 2015.  Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats.


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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, director of the Historical Services Division 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...



New Mexico has lost many historical government records from the Spanish (1598-1821), Mexican (1821-1846) and Territorial (1847-1912) periods to private collections, most of which are outside the state. The New Mexico State Records Center and Archives is concerned about the number of official government records - especially county and municipal records that have recently appeared for sale on eBay and other commercial web sites. The disappearance of government records into private hands deprives the public of access to important historical information that helps us to understand the history our state and our nation.


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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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