About the Reference Library
The Reference Library serves scholars, students, and artists as a comprehensive resource on many topics of study in the Spanish Colonial world. This is a non-circulating library, so all use must be on-site. There are a few carrel desks available to reserve a place for temporary storage of materials used in repeated or long-term research.
Our archives, next door to our library, are also open to researchers. The archives, composed of ten file cabinets of ephemera, include early documentation on the founding of the Society and its first large preservation project.
That project was the historic purchase of Sanctuario de Chimayo and its contents at a time that the Sanctuario was in the process of being dismantled and sold piece by piece. This purchase set the groundwork for historic preservation in New Mexico and across the Southwest.
The archives also include documents not found elsewhere relating to the founders of the Society, early collecting and promotion of the arts, the objects in the collection, and the Spanish Market. Founded in 1926, Spanish Market was the earliest market in the country created to promote and sell the work of Hispano/Latino artists—a market that continues today.
Use of the Library
Researchers must have a scheduled appointment to use the library. For an appointment, please click here.