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Vista (II, 341). Perhaps Mr. Rives was under no obligation to
explore these collections in which the chaff so greatly out-bulks the
grain, but he has done so well what he has done that one cannot
repress the wish that he had done more. The index deserves a
sentence of praise; it is excellent.
Guide to the Materials for the History of the United States in
the Principal Archives of Mexico. By Herbert E. Bolton, Ph.
D., Professor of American History, University of California.
(Washington: The Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1913.
Pp. xv, 553.1)
Mingled with the satisfaction felt in welcoming each new Guide
published by the Carnegie Institution through its Department of
Historical Research is a feeling of regret that Professor Bolton's
substantial volume has fallen upon such troublous times. His task
has been that of a veritable pioneer, achieved midst difficulties
such as beset no similar undertaking. Our natural impulse is to
praise the results accomplished and to express the hope that recent
political disturbances have not vitiated them to any appreciable
At the outset the author devotes a few pages to describing the
conditions under which he worked and to necessary acknowledg-
ments and explanations. He defines many of the technical terms
used, and notes such practical points as working hours and climatic
conditions. He then divides the archives of the country into two
classes, those located in Mexico City and those outside, devoting
to the former a little over four times the space given the latter.
No one reasonably acquainted with the field will quarrel with
him over this division. Many who may never see Mexico will
appreciate the succinct historical sketches of the principal ar-
chives, as well as the appendix containing convenient lists of
viceroys, archbishops, bishops and governors. Such hindrances as
the lack of suitable manuscript lists or catalogues for even the best
repositories, the frequent transfer of material from one archive
1This review is reprinted by permission from the American Historical
Review, XIX, 638-640.


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