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Current Issue: November 11, 2002
Volume 38, Number 9

UNM-Los Alamos completes Southwest cataloging project
Collection has 1,800 items

Several 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.

At the 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.

That changed 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.

“We 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.”

The Southwest 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.

The collection 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.

All items 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.