The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 23, July 1919 - April, 1920

The Southwestern Historical Quarterly

BOOK REVIEWS AND NOTICES
Catalogue of Materials in the Archivo General de Indias for the
history of the Pacific Coast and the American Southwest.
By Charles E. Chapman. University of California Press,
Berkeley, 1919.
Although this work bears the title of a catalogue, it is more
than that. It differs from catalogues of Spanish, Mexican and
other archives which have recently appeared, in that it purports
to calendar all the documents in the Archive of the Indies which
refer to the subject at hand. It attempts no general description
or partial list of what the author conceives to be the most im-
portant documents in the Archive of the Indies, but it does
describe and enumerate in chronological order those relating pri-
marily to California, the Pacific Coast and the Southwest. It
includes all that the author has found, great and small, long and
short, of greater and lesser consequence.
The first part of the book contains a description of the Archive
of the Indies at Seville, and gives an estimate of the total num-
ber of documents there, even attempting a computation of the
number of pages. While other investigators who have worked at
Seville may differ with Dr. Chapman as to the size of the bundles
and the number of pages contained therein, all will agree that
the collection is immense and that it is of the utmost importance
as a fundamental source of material for an understanding of
Spanish-American history and institutions. The author also
gives a very useful and graphic illustration of the comparative
value of materials in Spain, Mexico and California.
Owing to the fact that the research which made this Catalogue
possible was supported financially by the Order of Native Sons
of the Golden West, the author probably felt impelled to devote
more space than would otherwise be fitting to a description and
history of the Native Sons' Traveling Fellowships of the Uni-
versity of California. As a result of the generosity of this Order,
Dr. Chapman points out, men have been prepared for university
positions, and have thus been enabled to go forth and "spread
the gospel 'of the Golden West' throughout the country." The
direction of the research work in question was in the hands of

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