The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 18, July 1914 - April, 1915 Page: 113
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Book Reviews and Notices
to another, and the inaccessibility of portions of certain collec-
tions have in a measure been overcome by the author's long and
patient personal investigations. The index of seventy-two pages
and frequent cross-references will do much to correlate the ma-
Vast as this material is in bulk, Dr. Bolton points out that the
greater part of it relates to the eighteenth and nineteenth cen-
turies and that he has given little space to what does not specifically
belong to territory within the present limits of the United States.
He has described some important collections in sufficient detail,
including dates and proper names, to enable investigators on the
spot to determine what he wishes to examine. In most cases these
descriptions are not sufficiently definite for the ordering of copies
except through a trained intermediary. In other cases he devotes
only a, brief comment to an archive, especially one of the minor
The author devotes a third of his entire space to that most
valuable and complete of Mexican repositories-"El Archivo Gen-
eral y Pfiblico de la Nacion." Most of those who work in Mexico
will wish that he had devoted more space to it, even at the ex-
pense of minor collections elsewhere. An historical sketch with a
brief description of the present archive serves to introduce its
various divisions. Two of these, the "Correspondence of the Vice-
roys" (344 vols.), and "Royal Cedulas and Orders" (419 vols.)
are treated in a general way, at once clear and accurate. The
late Professor George P. Garrison briefly described the section
known as "Historia" (530 vols.), in the Nation for May 3'0, 1901.
The present author supplements this with a forty-page commentary
in which every important volume receives due mention. In addi-
tion he devotes fourteen pages to the subdivisions of this section,
known as "Military Operations" and "Missions," comprising to-
gether more than a thousand volumes. He describes in detail
only nine of the former, but the careful manuscript calendar
of this and other collections made by Sr. Elias Amador and
associates is accessible in the National Museum,. To many who
knew of the previous collections the hundred pages devoted to
classifying and cataloguing the contents of the division "Interior
Provinces" (254 vols.) and that of "Californias" (81 vols.) will
prove a most valuable and unexpected source of information. The
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