Alamos completes Southwest cataloging project
has 1,800 items
years ago UNM-Los Alamos acquired what has become known as the
Southwest Collection, a collection of books to help
the library support the Southwest Studies program.
time, even though the collection was accessible to the public,
the only way to find a book in the collection was to peruse
the printed list of books or to browse the shelves.
in January 2001 when the UNM-LA Library received a grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the cataloging
of the collection. The project is complete as of this month
and has made items in the Southwest Collection easily accessible
through the online catalog.
are very excited to have this project completed, said
Dennis Davies Wilson, library director. We have already
had inquiries about items in the collection from individuals
as far away as Boston.
Collection contains more than 1,800 items, most of which were
acquired from three different sources, including the Clinton
P. Anderson Collection at Zimmerman Library, W. E. Hammond,
and former UNM-LA adjunct faculty member, Robert Riecker.
includes fiction and non-fiction books and several periodicals.
Some are rare and delicate items, for example, a novel "Ten
Years a Cowboy," published in 1899.
in the collection are available to the public and books designated
as circulating can be checked out for a period of
two weeks. Books that are rare are non-circulating
and may be used in the library. Patrons wishing to use non-circulating
books must make an appointment by calling the library at least
24 hours in advance. For information, call 505-662-0345 or 1-800-894-5919.