When the Great Depression knocked America to its knees during the 1930s, New Mexico was able to survive, thanks largely to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, a plan he promised would "aid the forgotten man." The New Deal employed at least 167 New Mexico artists who produced more than 1,000 works of art across the state, improving courthouses, city halls, libraries, schools and other public buildings with paintings, murals and interior design elements that included hand-carved furniture, tin work, pottery and other items.
This non-circulating, closed-stack research facility is part of the Palace of the Governors and provides an excellent collection of historical material relating to the history of New Mexico, the Southwest and meso-America from pre-European contact to the present. It also houses the Photo Archives of the Palace of the Governors, where more than 750,000 historic photos, negatives, slides and other visual records document New Mexico's history as well as the history of Latin America, Europe, Oceana, the Far East and the Middle East.
Located just west of the Plaza, the New Mexico Museum of Art (formerly the Museum of Fine Arts) displays an extensive permanent collection of Southwestern artists, including major pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe. New exhibitions are always being mounted that cover the works of contemporary artists of all kinds.
Santa Fe Plaza
Bordered by San Francisco Street and Washington, Palace and Lincoln avenues, Santa Fe, NM 87501
The heart of downtown Santa Fe for nearly 400 years, the Plaza remains the central part of the city, hosting Indian and Spanish markets and other annual events as well as community gatherings, concerts and more.