The Latin American library collections at the University of New Mexico are among the top in the nation. Music collections include manuscripts from as early as 1849, audio recordings of folk songs from Spanish America, sheet music from various countries in Latin America and lyrics published in broadsides. This presentation will highlight several collections within our archives by following musical and narrative forms in Alabanzas and Corridos from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas with specific references to Mexico and the American Southwest. Examples will include audio and visual recordings, manuscripts, sheet music, advertisements and block prints. While highlighting specific collections, the presenters will discuss donations, purchases, and concerns about formats, preservation, and copyright of these materials. Audience members will gain a greater understanding of the links between the musical and narrative cultures of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Southwest while gaining a basic overview of policies and issues surrounding special music collections.