Tony Hillerman photo courtesy of Kelly Campbell
Tony Hillerman photo courtesy of Kelly Campbell


University Libraries will host a preview event for the Tony Hillerman Portal on Friday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the Willard Room in Zimmerman Library. The demonstration of the portal will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to all.

In 2005, Hillerman donated his manuscripts, papers and notes to Zimmerman Library. It was immediately clear that they represented a treasure trove of unique historical anecdotes and an insightful roadmap into his creative process. Given Hillerman's stature as an icon of New Mexican culture, combined with the exhaustive nature of his collection of papers, it is clear that there existed an amazing opportunity to make them available for research, education and public enjoyment.

In 2011, the University Libraries received an anonymous gift to provide the funding to fulfill this goal. This is the first phase of the three-year project.

Recent advances in interactive technology offer exciting ways that we can make Hillerman's papers available electronically. Using hyperlinked text, digital images, audio and video, making his work come alive in ways never before thought possible.

Users of this resource will be able to:

  • Read Hillerman's manuscripts online, and view them in his own handwriting

  • Learn about his life and career

  • View interviews with Hillerman, and experience New Mexico and the Southwest through his eyes

  • See his notes and idea books, and learn how he worked and developed his literary ideas

  • Learn about New Mexico life, history and culture


This project will help further education in the Humanities, provide researchers an extensive new resource with which to investigate Hillerman's life and works and help secure his legacy for future generations.

Media Contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; email: kwent2@unm.edu