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Speaker Series LogoThe 2014 Speaker Series at Special Collections Library puts the spotlight on New Town, the city that grew to the east and the north as the railroad arrived and changed Albuquerque forever. 

What did it take to turn a town of 1,300 into a city of 200,000 in just 80 years? Ponder the progress and the pitfalls as ABC Library and Oasis-Albuquerque go From New Town to the Nuclear Age: Albuquerque 1880-1960.

Presentations are scheduled on the second Saturday of each month in Botts Hall, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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Upcoming Program Listing


Slides from Our Earlier Presentations

For those who weren't able to attend Assistant Chief Herman Bishop's talk on the history of the Albuquerque Fire Department, you might enjoy a look at the timeline on the AFD Retirees web site.


Albuquerque by the Book

Albuquerque - Marc Simmons
ISBN: 0826306276
Publication Date: 1982-01-01
New Mexico’s biggest metro area deserves a book all its own. And what a book it is! Simmons gives a rich, detailed, and colorful history of the area from its beginnings in Old Town, the emergence of New Town, to the rise of the military bases.

Albuquerque - Erna Fergusson
Publication Date: 1947
Erna Fergusson, granddaughter of Franz Huning, tour guide, author, and library advocate, presents vignettes from Albuquerque's history, circa 1947. A very personal account of Old Town, New Town, and the social and cultural boundaries between.

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Albuquerque - Tomas Atencio (Contribution by); Jayne Aubele (Contribution by)
ISBN: 1574160877
Publication Date: 2006-07-01
Compiled as the city celebrates its Tricentennial, Albuquerque: Portrait of a Western City celebrates the city's rich history and culture while helping visitors and residents become aware of what makes the city and its attractions unique.

Albuquerque : 100 Years in Pictures - George Fitzpatrick and Harvey Caplin
Publication Date: 1975
In 1975, retired New Mexico Magazine editor George Fitzpatrick and photo illustrator Harvey Caplin collaborated on a beautiful photo review of Albuquerque's history.

Albuquerque City Clerk Scrapbooks - Albuquerque City Clerk's Office
Publication Date: 1922-1974
Collections of newspaper clippings documenting news, issues and events that involved Albuquerque City Government (1922-1974). Preservation and photocopy reproductions of the press clippings scrapbooks that were made possible by a grant awarded by the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board and by the support of the University Libraries, Center for Southwest Research, and Center for Regional Studies, Friends of the University of New Mexico Libraries, Inc., and the Albuquerque Historical Society. Permission to photocopy was granted by the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune.

Albuquerque City Manager Scrapbooks - City Manager C.E. Wells
Publication Date: 1946-1949
Preservation and photocopy reproductions of the C.E. Wells scrapbooks that were made possible by a grant awarded by the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board and by the support of the University Libraries, Center for Southwest Research, and Center for Regional Studies, Friends of the University of New Mexico Libraries, Inc., and the Albuquerque Historical Society. Permission to photocopy was granted by the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune.

Albuquerque Progress - Albuquerque National Bank
Publication Date: 1934-1964
Published by Albuquerque National Bank from 1934 through 1964, Albuquerque Progress chronicles Albuquerque's growth and development and includes black and white photos of residential, commercial, and community buildings.

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Albuquerque Remembered - Howard Bryan
ISBN: 0826337821
Publication Date: 2006-04-22
An informative and entertaining history of 'The Duke City'. Under the flags of Spain, Mexico, the United States, and for a brief period, the Confederate States, Albuquerque grew from a small farm and ranch village in the northern reaches of New Spain to the thirty-fifth largest city in the United States. Howard Bryan devotes special attention to some of the colourful characters who have populated the city's history, and also includes business and civic leaders who helped shape the city's growth and character. Humorous episodes and anecdotes, as related in early newspapers, are scattered throughout the text to balance some of the dramatic and often violent events that occurred in Albuquerque over the years.

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Albuquerque Then and Now - Mo Palmer
ISBN: 1592236553
Publication Date: 2006-11-29
Side-by-side then-and-now photographs showcase landmarks like Kistler's department store (now demolished), the Old Bernalillo County Courthouse (rumored to be haunted), and the beautiful California Mission-style Alvarado Hotel, considered the finest railroad hotel of its time. From Old Town across the tracks to New Town, you'll discover a thriving, modern city filled with remarkable architecture and culture.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, Resources and Reseach Collections
ISBN: 0979061903
Publication Date: 2006-10-01
Jan Dodson Barnhart's update to Albuquerque Bibliography: a Guide to Published and Archival Materials.

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Los Arabes of New Mexico: Compadres from a Distant Land - Monika Ghattas
ISBN: 0865349118
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
"Why were they attracted to this area? What conditions in New Mexico facilitated their rapid and almost seamless acculturation? Hardworking, imaginative, and enterprising, Los Árabes of New Mexico became successful businessmen and prominent entrepreneurs, who enriched this state with their unique culture, their cheerful perseverance, and boundless enthusiasm." -- Sunstone Press

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Atrisco to Zena Lona: a Snappy Survey of Selected Albuquerque Street Names - Judy Nickell
ISBN: 1890689742
Publication Date: 2012
A recent update of Judy Nickell's essential reference guide to how Albuquerque streets got their names.

Balloons to Bombers: Aviation in Albuquerque, 1882-1945 - Don E. Alberts
Publication Date: 1987
Covers Albuquerque's aviation scene from balloonists and barnstormers at the Territorial Fairs through World War II bombardment squadrons.

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City at the End of the World - V. B. Price
ISBN: 082631371X
Publication Date: 1992-07-01
An impassioned and loving critique of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Price distills his philosophy of what makes Albuquerque such an attractive place to live in and shows us how to keep it that way.

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Clyde Tingley's New Deal for New Mexico, 1935-1938 - Lucinda Lucero Sachs
ISBN: 0865349185
Publication Date: 2013-03-01
Often referred to as Mayor of Albuquerque, Clyde Tingley may have had more influence on Albuquerque's history as Governor of New Mexico. Lucinda Lucero Sachs tells the story of how Tingley's networking talents helped him capitalize on the New Deal programs that built Albuquerque's infrastructure and kept its people working during the Great Depression.

Do Remember Me 2 : Black Seniors of Albuquerque & Western New Mexico - Maisha Baton
Publication Date: 2004
The book and its accompanying CD "[explore] the lives of African Americans residing in Albuquerque and in the western region of the State." -- introduction

Decades of Destiny - P.F. McCanna
Publication Date: 1973
A compilation from the scrapbooks begun by P. F. McCanna and continued by Raymond J. McCanna. Quirky layout, and a fascinating chronology of when businesses were established and buildings built from 1860 to 1973.

Do You Remember? : a Series of Articles on Old Albuquerque, Printed in the Albuquerque "Herald", 1922-1923 - Erna Fergusson; indexed by Paul Gagne and Joe Sabatini
Publication Date: 2002
The index by Sabatini and Gagne turns these transcriptions of Fergusson's newspaper columns into a great research tool for Albuquerque historians.

For Me, the Sun : the Autobiography of Roy A. Stamm, an Early Albuquerque Business Leader - edited by James S. and Ann L. Carson.
Publication Date: 1999
"Roy Stamm, entrepreneur, prominent Albuquerque businessman..., sportsman, writer, potato farmer, dedicated family man, patriot, scholar, athlete, balloon, aviation and bicycle enthusiast, newspaper promoter, camp cook for construction crews, horseman, and director of the New Mexico Territorial Fair, has given us a picture of life in Albuquerque 1882 to 1957." -- introduction by Jim and Ann Carson

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Forgotten Albuquerque - Ty Bannerman
ISBN: 0738559679
Publication Date: 2009-01-21
In 1706, Spanish colonists founded the Villa de Alburquerque on the wooded banks of the Rio Grande. Three hundred years later, that once quiet farming community has grown to become Albuquerque, the largest city in the state of New Mexico. Over the centuries, this fascinating city’s identity has metamorphosed many times. In 1862, it briefly became the western capital of the Confederate States of America, before Confederate hopes for the territory were destroyed at the Battle of Glorieta Pass. In 1880, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad brought industry and wealth from the east, as well as tuberculosis-infected “lungers” who came by the thousands to seek a cure in “the Heart of Health Country.” Then, in 1926, Route 66 transformed the city into a neon-decked oasis for automobile travelers journeying through the newly accessible West. Though many of these identities have faded, their legacy lives on in the beating heart of an ever-changing city.

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Historic Albuquerque - Carleen Lazell; Melissa Payne
ISBN: 1893619753
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Commissioned by the Albuquerque Conservation Association.

Historic Albuquerque Today: an Overview Survey of Historic Buildings and Districts - Susan Dewitt
Publication Date: 1978
A compilation of the work of the Historic Landmark Survey in Albuquerque from 1975-1978. Includes overview histories as well as illustrations and brief descriptions of residential, public, and commercial buildings.

Historical Background of Albuquerque, New Mexico - Alan J. Oppenheimer for the City Planning Department
Publication Date: 1962
A quick and readable guide to Albuquerque's history from 1706 through 1961. Good as an overview, but not a definitive resource.

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Italians in Albuquerque - Nicholas Ciotola
ISBN: 0738520543
Publication Date: 2002-05-02
Told in their own words and showcased in nearly 200 vintage images, these are the stories of the families who established a foundation for the growth and development of a vibrant Italian community in New Mexico's largest city. Readers will recognize names like Alessandro and Pompilio Matteucci, Antonio and Cherubino Domenici, Ettore Franchini, and Orseste Bachechi, who is known as the "Father of the Albuquerque Italian Community." Also included are images of Colombo Hall, the city's first Italian-American organization, and the Italmer Club, founded in the late 1930s. Collected largely from members of the Italian-American community, these photographs also document integral aspects of the immigrant experience including work, leisure, religion, and family life.

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Jewish Albuquerque - Naomi Sandweiss; Noel Pugach (Foreword by)
ISBN: 0738579777
Publication Date: 2011-03-21
During the expansive railroad days of the 1880s, Jewish citizens were poised to take on leadership roles in business, government, and community life. Henry Jaffa, a Jewish merchant and acquaintance of Wyatt Earp, served as Albuquerque's first mayor. From launching businesses along Central Avenue, to establishing the Indian Trading Room at the famed Alvarado Hotel and founding trading posts, Route 66 tourist establishments, and the Sandia Tram, Jewish businesspeople partnered with their neighbors to boost Albuquerque's already plentiful assets. Along the way, community members built Jewish organizations-a B'nai B'rith chapter, Congregation Albert, and Congregation B'nai Israel-that made their made their mark upon the larger Albuquerque community.

Making the Most of It : Public Works in Albuquerque During the Great Depression, 1929-1942 - Charles D. Biebel
Publication Date: 1986
Roosevelt Park, Conservancy (Tingley) Beach, Jefferson Junior High -- these are just three buildings Albuquerque owes to the WPA. Biebel chronicles how the Great Depression changed the face of Albuquerque.

Reflections on Black heritage in New Mexico - Albuquerque Human Rights Office
Publication Date: 2006
Includes brief biographies, information on early African American settlement in Albuquerque, church histories, housing discrimination, and civil rights. Expands earlier editions published in 1995,1996, and 1999.

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Stories Behind the Street Names of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos - Donald A. Gill
ISBN: 1566250048
Publication Date: 1994-06-25
Ten years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock, settlers were already moving into the American Southwest, building houses, planning towns - & laying out streets. The names of the streets of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, & Taos reflect a long history of contrasting cultures: Spanish, Anglo, Native American. The stories behind the names are surprising, funny, & compelling, like the tales Native American storytellers pass down.

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Uncovering the History of the Albuquerque Greek Community, 1880-1952 - Katherine M. Pomonis
ISBN: 0865349061
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
"...begins with the first Greeks coming, at the turn of the nineteenth century, to Albuquerque with the railroad. It details how they began immigrating to the town in large numbers after the First World War, and shows how, by the 1920s, these indomitable men owned and operated numerous businesses in the heart of new Albuquerque. It also shows how their brides made their own unique contribution by transforming the Greek population into a community." -- Sunstone Press


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