Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In summary, Caponigri has gathered together and trans-
lated the works of Mexican scholars whose contributions deserve
the careful scrutiny of Americans interested in Mexican thought
and whose language limitations have closed them off from serious
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The Indian Papers of Texas and the Southwest, 1825-1916.
Edited by Dorman H. Winfrey and James M. Day. Austin
(The Pemberton Press), 1966. Vols. I-V. Illustrations, indices
(one for each volume). $37.50.
Four of these five volumes are reprints of volumes published
serially under the title of Texas Indian Papers and have already
been reviewed in this journal (Vol. 63, No. 3; Vol. 65, No.
4; Vol. 66, Nos. 1 and 2). As the earlier editions were limited,
they soon went out of print. To these four volumes a fifth has
been added, and a new publisher now presents the set under a
different and somewhat misleading title. Volume V departs from
the plan of the first four volumes, which covered in chronological
order a collection of documents in the Texas Archives long
known as the "Indian Papers." The fifth and final volume con-
tains additional documents drawn from state executive corre-
spondence files for the years 1846-1859 and hence must be used
along with Volume III, which covers the same period.
These five volumes contain 1,614 documents and run a total
of 2,o31 pages. The documents, which are not annotated, cover
a wide range of activities, but certain kinds of documents are
particularly numerous, such as accounting records of goods and
services, reports of Indian raids ("depredations") and subsequent
punitive expeditions, and letters about administrative and per-
sonnel problems connected with "Indian Affairs" in Texas.
Treaties and records of conferences with Indian leaders are also
included. Some documents are rich in detail and very informa-
tive; others are relatively barren and of little interest to anyone.
Needless to say, these documents tell us far more about Texans
than about Indians. What the Indians thought, said, and did is
recorded indirectly, incompletely, and with expectable distortion.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101199/. Accessed November 26, 2014.