The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903

Some Materials for Southwestern History. 103
SOME MATERIALS FOR SOUTHWESTERN HISTORY IN
THE ARCHIVO GENERAL DE MEXICO.
HERBERT EUGENE BOLTON.
A little more than a year ago there appeared in The Nation1 a
description of the contents of the first thirty-two volumes of the
history section of the Archivo General y P6blico de la Naci6n
housed in the Palacio Nacional at the City of Mexico. The his-
torical introduction to the article made it plain that these thirty-
two volumes, known as the Golecci6n de Memorias de Nueva
Espaia, far from being identical and co-extensive with the Archivo
General, form only a small fraction" of the great mass of manu-
scripts properly known by that name, and thus cleared up a point
in bibliography upon which a prominent historian, if no one else,
had fallen into confusion. During the past summer I examined
thirty-one additional volumes, Nos. 33 to 62, inclusive, and No.
100, taken out of order, to ascertain their contents, and more espe-
cially to find what they contain bearing on the history of the South-
west. Some of the results in the latter particular, with the empha-
sis upon matter relating to Texas, will be stated here, those of a
more general bearing being reserved for another place.
Owing partly to the different circumstances attending their col-
lection, the general character of the introductory volumes of the
Secci6n de Historia is somewhat different from that of those that
follow. The first thirty-two are a systematic compilation, made
for a definite purpose within a short space of time, and have a
certain unity and completeness; succeeding volumes have accumu-
lated gradually, in fulfillment of a more general purpose, and as
a result are less organized and unified in character than the fore-
going, manuscripts in them having very little relation to each
other often being bound together. Some of the volumes are even
fragmentary in make-up. A second difference, probably to be
'May 30, 1901. An article by Professor George P. Garrison, entitled
"The Archivo General de Mexico."
'The Secei6n de Historia, only one of the smaller of about twenty
branches of the Archivo General, alone contains 335 bound volumes of
manuscripts.

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