The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938

Book Reviews and Notes

J. Dohmen of a letter written by John O. Meusebach to his
daughter Emily and of a brief note by W. von Schoenberg to
Meusebach. Another translation is that of a resolution adopted
in Biebrich, Germany, on July 23, 1847, by the Association for
the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas (German Emi-
gration Company) expressing their confidence in John 0. Meuse-
bach, their commissioner-general of colonization in Texas. The
last item is a reprint of a letter written by Prince Solms to
Meusebach from New Orleans on June 11, 1845.
The University of Texas.
A Chec7i List of Manuscripts in the Edward E. Ayer Collection.
Compiled by Ruth Lapham Butler. (Chicago: The New-
berry Library, 1937. Pp. x, 295.)
Another great library of Americana has been made more acces-
sible with the publication of this guide to the manuscripts, pho-
tographs, photostats, and transcripts in the Ayer Collection of
the Newberry Library. Although "it claims no merit beyond
that of a finding list . . . it is hoped that it will offer adequate
clues so that the student in a particular field may be able to
recognize in every case materials on his subject." Within these
limits, it is difficult to see how the volume could have been
The compiler has classified the 1769 collections in the library
into five divisions: North America, Spanish America, the Philip-
pine Islands, the Hawaiian Islands, and aboriginal linguistics.
The first two classifications, which are by far the most important
and extensive part of the check list, include several collections
pertaining to the Southwest. Besides transcript and photostat
material of the Spanish period, much of which is duplicated in
the University of Texas Library, the Ayer Library has the extensive
papers of William Bollaert (1807-1876), rich in Texana of the
1840's, and single items relating to Texas Indians, French coloni-
zation, and Henri Castro.
The publication of the Ayer check list emphasizes the great


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