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The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives in WorldCat

The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has announced that its book and digitized photograph collections have gone global, through WorldCat, the world’s largest and most comprehensive catalog.

The Photo Archives has digitized historic photographs for several years using digital content management software, and posted digitized materials online at New Mexico’s Digital Collections, at http://econtent.unm.edu/cdm4/indexpg.php, hosted by UNM libraries. This site now has 14,000 searchable records in the Photo Archives collection.

Also noteworthy is the Photo Archives’ holdings of 3,000 books on photography, that has just been cataloged and is now available on WorldCat. The Photo Archives book collection covers subjects such as the history of photography, artistic photography, travel photography, works by individual photographers, and exhibit catalogs. As well as its books collection, the Photo Archives has begun to process and catalog its unique historic photograph collections of individual photographers as manuscript collections, also now searchable on WorldCat.

In today’s library world, searchers expect to not only discover but also to take delivery of digital items at their desktops. This is now possible as part of an ongoing effort to maximize the Web visibility of the unique primary source material held by the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives.
WorldCat is free and searchable by anyone simply by going to http://www.worldcat.org.

To search the other catalogs of the Photo Archives collections, as well as the collections of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, go to the Library’s web site at http://www.palaceofthegovernors.org/catalogue.html. The Photo Archives and the History Library are open to the public from Tuesday through Friday from 1-5 PM, and by appointment. Please note that collections are non- circulating. Free wireless is available on site.

The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library and Palace of the Governors Photo Archives are part of the New Mexico History Museum campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For further information contact Daniel Kosharek at 505-476-5092 or daniel.kosharek@state.nm.us.

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