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Southwest Natural History Resources: State and Federal Publications

State Publications Digital Collections

The New Mexico State Documents collection contains documents with SW natural history content from various agencies including:

  • New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  • New Mexico State University Coop Extension Service
  • Environment Department

These publications can be found in the New Mexico Digital Collection. Many more can also be found in our physical collection. To see our full collection, see our catalog.

Possible search terms for this subject area:  "natural history", specific names of animals and plants (ie. dragonflies, wolves), and general terms like wildlife, botany, insects, rivers, etc.




Federal Resources

The New Mexico State Library has served as a Federal Depository Library for the State of New Mexico since 1960 and is one of three libraries sharing the New Mexico Regional Depository duties; the New Mexico State Library, the University of New Mexico, and the New Mexico State University. Federal titles published after 1976 are included in the State Library's online catalog as well as on the Library of Congress site Congress.Gov and via FedSys. The State Library catalog lists titles that are available electronically as well as those in our paper collection. In addition to publications published after 1960, the State Library has several historical sets from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Only a few of these historical documents are included in the State Library's online catalog. The New Mexico State Library reference staff can help you determine the library’s holdings of these pre-1976 works. Contact us at Ask a Librarian .

Federal Government Agencies to look for include:

  • BLM
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • US Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

and so many more!






Report upon the extinct Vertebrata obtained in New Mexico by parties

of the expedition of 1874.Washington, D.C.,1877. Public domain.