New Mexico Directories
A directory is defined as a “book containing names, addresses, and occupations of inhabitants.” It may also be “any list or compilation, usually in book or pamphlet form, of persons, professional organizations, firms or corporations.” Several types of directories have been published in the United States over the last two hundred years including: city directories, telephone directories, county and regional business directories, professional, organizational, and religious directories, post office directories, and street directories. Directories have tremendous value to genealogists as both an original record and as a reference aid.
The sections below provide information about New Mexico directories. For further information about directories in general, see United States Directories.
Resources for New Mexico Directories
Libraries and Archives
The Museum of New Mexico History Library has a good collection of city directories.
Ancestry.com ($) has New Mexico directories available online in its U.S. City Directories collection.
The Family History Library
The Family History Library has directories for:
- 1883 "Albuquerque and Las Vegas business directory for 1883" FHL film 1303032 (Worldcat)
- 1905/06-1935, 1923, 1940, 1960, 1965, and 1970 Family History Library book 978.961/A1 E4h
- 1940, 1960, 1968, and 1983 Family History Library book 978.956/S1 E4h
- US City Directories This web site identifies printed, microfilmed, and online directories and their repositories.
- Henry Campbell Black, Black’s Law Dictionary: Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 415, “directory.”