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

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

the research student in American history with necessary tools will
find it worth while to examine this book.
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
Historical Documents Relating to New Mexico, Nueva Vizcaya,
and Approaches Thereto, to 1773. Collected by Adolph
F. A. Bandelier and Fanny R. Bandelier. English Trans-
lation. Edited with introduction and annotations by Charles
Wilson Hackett, Ph. D. Vol. III. (Washington, D. C.:
Published by Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1937.
Pages xii, 532.)
Between 1912 and 1914 Adolph F. and Fanny Bandelier explored
the archives of Mexico and Spain and collected many documents
on the history of the Southwest. Being almost the first American
workers to explore these archives in recent times they obtained a
rich harvest. This material has only now been sifted and prepared
for publication under the editorship of Dr. Charles W. Hackett
of the University of Texas.
This volume, the third and last of the Bandelier series, is of
the same high quality as its predecessors. The first two contained
the Spanish text as well as English translation, whereas the final
volume has only the latter. In view of the slight use for the
original text and the fact that scholars do have access to such tran-
scripts, the omission of the Spanish version is of no great moment.
Adolph F. Bandelier was a notable pioneer. His first visit to
New Mexico was about 1880, and from that time till his death in
Seville in 1914 he labored without ceasing to learn about the early
peoples of the Southwest, Mexico, and Peru. His final search for
material included The Archives of the Indies at Seville, Spain,
where he collected the material for these volumes.
This Bandelier collection is notable in that the translations
were based on handwritten or typed copies. The transcripts are
sometimes made from other transcripts, increasing the possibility
of error. It is unfortunate also that a great many of the documents
are excerpts. This was Bandelier's method of work, however. Since
his time cheaper and faster means of copying have been developed
through micro-photography, which makes it practicable to obtain
complete copies of lengthy documents.

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101103/. Accessed August 28, 2014.