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Library: Southwest Research Center

A Home for Local History, Genealogy, and More

What is the Southwest Research Center?

The Southwest Research Center is a partnership between the Harwood Museum of Art, the Millicent Rogers Museum, and the Taos Historic Museums. The partners were able to pull their resources and collections together to form the Southwest Research Center-UNM-Taos (SWRC). The Research Center is a non-lending library.

What Does this Center Contain?

Through exceptional partnerships, the Southwest Research Center has compiled over 12,500 publications. The materials focus on art, history, ethnology, and archeology of the southwest. The SWRC has an extensive Native American collection, legal documents pertaining to water rights and land grants, the D.H. Lawrence Collection, and American fur trade documents. The SWRC also contains genealogy records such as census records since 1823 and baptismal, marriage, and burial records for Taos County since 1701. Information on historical figures in New Mexico, historical maps of New Mexico, private collections, thousands of books including first editions and original issues of "The Laughing Horse" are also contained in the SWRC.

Search the catalog for materials held by the SWRC, and see a listing of some of SWRC's research materials here.

Contact the SWRC

Nita Murphy, Archivist

(575) 737-6229


Hours of Operation:

The Southwest Research Center is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 PM to 4 PM.

Mailing Address:
1157 County Road 110
Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

Physical Address:
115 Civic Plaza Drive
Taos, NM 87571