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Each year, National History Day® frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for broad application to world, national, or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The 2021-2022 theme is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.
The New Mexico State Library wants to help you with your National History Day Project. Use this guide as a way to explore the types of collections available within our walls, as well as, the digital content we make available to students all over New Mexico. If you don't see what you need, contact us. We have librarians here to help you with your research questions. Don't be shy, we look forward to helping you!
Places to Start
If you have questions regarding your National History Day project, please email us at Ask A Librarian. We are happy to help.
Our collection of ebooks, New Mexico Reads, primarily includes Southwest history and culture titles. It also includes some books on racism in America, and national topics such as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
El Portal provides both primary and secondary resources on a wide variety of subjects.
Researching at the New Mexico State Library
The New Mexico State Library has a large collection of historic New Mexico newspapers, books on the history and culture of New Mexico and the Southwest, and many state and federal documents, including those published by Congress and the New Mexico State Government.
We have in-building wifi, public computers, microfilm readers, in-house databases, and plenty of tables. Bring your I.D. to get a library card!
The New Mexico State Library is located at 1209 Camino Carlos Rey in Santa Fe. We are open M-F from 11 am - 5 pm. If you have a question, please email or call us (505-476-9702); we are happy to help you with your National History Day Research.
We are located in the same building as the New Mexico State Archives and the Office of the New Mexico State Historian.
A lot of research is done in this building, come join us!
Amy Schaefer, Southwest Librarian