Geography

The Spanish Colonial Settlement Landscapes of New Mexico, 1598-1680

By Elinore M. Barrett

Presented for the first time is a detailed picture of the Spanish settlement landscape of New Mexico during the period from the beginning of colonization in 1598 up to 1680.

An Atlas of Historic New Mexico Maps, 1550–1941

By Peter L. Eidenbach

Eidenbach has compiled a collection of New Mexico’s historic maps, navigating through a varied terrain of research and discovery, even securing permissions for colonial-era maps held in special collections with limited public access. This collection, featuring beautifully rendered diagrams of New Mexico’s landscape, allows exploration of the past as seen by that past’s inhabitants.

Salt Dreams

Land and Water in Low-Down California
By William deBuys
Photographs by Joan Myers

A history of the Salton Sea, which has become a prophetic story of mounting environmental crises that impinge on the water supply of southern California's sixteen million people.

Sonora

An Intimate Geography
By David Yetman
Photographs by Virgil Hancock

This informal account of the people, culture, land, and history of Sonora, Mexico, is now available in paperback.

The Way to the West

Essays on the Central Plains
By Elliott West

Elegantly assembles the environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic history of the Great Plains in the 19th century.

An Unsettled Country

Changing Landscapes of the American West
By Donald Worster

In these four essays, which were presented as the 1992 Calvin P. Horn Lectures in Western History and Culture, Donald Worster incisively discusses the role of the natural environment in the making of the West--and often in its unmaking and remaking.

Mayordomo

Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico
By Stanley Crawford

This memoir of the author's experience as a mayordomo, or ditch boss, is the first record of the life of an acequia by a community participant.

Stopping Time

A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe
By Peter Goin

The Tahoe basin--then and now.

The Southwest

By David Lavender

A historical and cultural overview, including discussions of present-day racial, conservation, and economic problems.