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National Hispanic Cultural Center


Contact Information



1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Telephone:[2] 505-246-2261
Fax: 505-246-2613

Hours and holidays:[3] Library and Genealogy Center

Archives: Closed on Saturday and Sunday     Open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.
Library: Closed on Sunday and Monday     Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Holidays: New Year’s, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Map, Directions, and Public Transportation

  • Directions:
    • From I-25, exit Avenida César Chávez, follow west over railroad tracks. You can enter the campus on 4th Street or 8th Street SW.
    • From Downtown, follow 4th Street south to Avenida César Chávez. Parking accessible from 4th Street or follow 8th Street SW south directly to NHCC.
  • Public Transportation: ABQ RIDE city bus routes 53 and 54 stop about 500 feet north of the NHCC on Bridge Blvd near 8th Street SW.

Key Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Library and Genealogy Center  has 2,000 rolls of microfilm and important microfiche and CD-ROM collections. This includes microfilms and databases of Mexico and North America, Spanish colonial, Mexican, and American territorial periods of New Mexican history. The NHCC's Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe collection has church records from 1678 to 1950. The Center also has some of the records of the Archdiocese of Durango (Mexico) under whose bishopric New Mexico was before 1850.[4]

The National Hispanic Cultural Center also has the important Ayuntamiento de Hidalgo de Parral, Chihuahua collection. The NHCC collection features early land grant records, and censuses of New Mexico through 1930, including censuses of Arizona and Colorado to 1920. They have books of extracted genealogies, and several finding guides. The Center has identified 50 websites of Hispanic genealogy and heraldry. They also hold all the publications of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, and the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center. Their map collection includes historical maps of New Mexican counties as they have changed over time, and a 1916 map of New Mexico which shows ghost towns and many land grants that no longer appear on more current maps.[4]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
  • New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, Roman Catholic church records, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, family papers, prisons, family and local histories, newspapers. NM's best genealogy repository because of its original territorial, state, and county records.[5]
  • New Mexico State Library, Santa Fe, history, biography, ethnic studies, newspapers, government documents, maps, periodicals, and genealogies. Largest book collection in New Mexico.[5]

Similar Collections

  • UNM Center for Southwest Research, Albuquerque, Includes manuscripts of Southwestern U.S. families, organizations, and businesses, 40,000 books and periodicals, and 120,000 images since the 1850s.[6]
  • Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (HGRC) of New Mexico, Albuquerque, maintains the Great New Mexico Pedigree Database (GNMPD)  for Hispanic ancestors of New Mexico.[7]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.

Neighboring Collections


  1. Contact Us in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 26 January 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Directions in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 26 January 2015).
  3. Hours and Admission Hours and Admission in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 27 January 2015).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogy Resources in National Hispanic Cultural Center (accessed 27 January 2014).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 79. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  6. CSWR Collection Strengths in University of New Mexico University Libraries (accessed 17 Jan 2015).
  7. HGRC Home in Hispanic Genealogical Research Center (accessed 21 January 2015).
  8. Overview - Special Collections in Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library (accessed 20 January 2014).
  9. About the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in Archdiocese of Santa Fe (accessed 20 January 2014).


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