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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

Search, Browse and explore the official site containing adopted rules.

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Notices and Announcements

New NMAC/NM Register Site Announcement:

The Commission of Public Records (NMCPR) announces that they have updated both of their official sites for all notices of rulemaking and all adopted rules.  The State Rules Act mandates that the creation of the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) to compile all rules and to assist the public in finding current rules. Since 2002, NMCPR has assumed responsibility for and published the New Mexico Register.  All notices of rule hearings and all newly adopted, repealed or amended rules are published in the New Mexico Register.  Once those rules become effective, the electronic copies are then posted on the NMAC.


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Recent budget cuts, an unsuccessful infrastructure capital improvement request, and the decision to place a New Mexico State Personnel Office Center for Excellence in the Carruthers Building in Santa Fe add to the growing crisis that threatens our state with the loss of our priceless historical records.


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Building Hours:

The State Records Center and Archives/Garrey Carruthers State Library building is open from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday, except holidays or other times specified by the Commission of Public Records.  Customers having business with Administrative Law may contact their rules analyst to make earlier appointments.



The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board has scheduled a regular meeting for Friday, November 9, 2018, to begin at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the State Records Center and Archives, 1209 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 meeting, please contact Dr. Thomas Shumaker at 505-476- 9782. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible formats.

A copy of the agenda is available at the Office of the State Historian, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507 or HERE.

The agenda is subject to change up to 72 hours prior to the meeting.



August 29, 2018

The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board (NMHRAB) is conducting a search for qualified archivists, conservators and records managers to do consulting work with historical records repositories.  NMHRAB intends to compile a list of qualified consultants for publication in conjunction with a call for grant proposals to be issued in October 2018.  The purpose of the list is to provide potential applicants for NMHRAB grants with an available pool of professional archivists and records managers who might render consultant services for grant projects.

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The State Archives of New Mexico research room, located at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe, is now open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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, 2018 - New Year's Day
January 15, 2018 - MLK Birthday
May 28, 2018 - Memorial Day
July 4, 2018 - Independence Day
September 3, 2018 - Labor Day
October 8, 2018 - Columbus Day
November 12, 2018 - Veterans Day
November 22-23, 2018 - Thanksgiving Day
December 25, 2018 - Christmas Day


Records Management

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

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