The Online Archive of New Mexico is a source of information about archival collections in New Mexico. The finding aids formerly found in OANM are now part of the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. Limited searching is available from the OANM home page. For advanced search and browse functions, use RMOA.
Initiated in 2001, the OANM project was designed to provide integrated, consistent, and expanded online access to information about the archival collections held by the four major repositories in New Mexico: the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico, the Fray Angelico Chavez History Library at the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, and the Archives and Special Collections Department at New Mexico State University.
The OANM project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant helped the participating repositories to create standards-based finding aids. The standard, called Encoded Archival Description, was created and maintained by the Society of American Archivists and the Library of Congress. OANM was based on UC-Berkeley, Bancroft Library developed procedures as used for the American Heritage Virtual Archive Project (Berkeley, Duke, Stanford, and Virginia) and the Online Archive of California Project .
The success of OANM led to a decision to include more repositories in New Mexico and to expand to institutions in Colorado and Wyoming. An NEH grant was awarded to the University of New Mexico in 2004 to develop the Rocky Mountain Online Archive, building on the infrastructure originally developed for the Online Archive of New Mexico. Subsequent funding for the RMOA project was provided by the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico.
The RMOA web site, launched early in 2007, incorporates all of the finding aids that were part of the Online Archive of New Mexico, as well as new contributions from New Mexico repositories and our partners in Colorado and Wyoming.
In addition to the finding aids project, three institutions in New Mexico have created new digital collections as part of the Rocky Mountain Online Archive project. Those collections, along with many others from Colorado and Wyoming, can be accessed via the Collaborative Digitization Program's Heritage West, or via the UNM University Libraries Digital Collections.
The Rocky Mountain Online archive is managed by a representative from LYRASIS in Colorado, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, and University Libraries at the University of New Mexico, which serves as the administrative and technology center for the project.