The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 62
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
University of Texas, acquired in 1921; and the Oliveira Lima
Collection, acquired by the Catholic University of America in
The range of the Bancroft Collection is the vast region of the
Pacific Slope, from Alaska, down through Central America, but it
contains much material upon Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana
under Spanish dominion, and most of the islands of the West
Indies. In appraising this collection in 1905, Reuben Gold
Thwaites said: "There is . .. much manuscript material
upon Spanish governmental and commercial affairs in North -and
Central America and relative to the later Mexican regime.
Graduate students in American and Spanish-American history
and allied studies . . . are to find here a practically unique
collection of material of the highest order of excellence. Facili-
ties for this sort of graduate work will be unsurpassed in the
The Garcia Collection consists of some eleven thousand vol-
umes, approximately fifteen thousand pamphlets, four hundred
thousand pages of manuscripts, many broadsides, and magazine
and newspaper files. The manuscript materials are particularly
notable, 65,000 folios (130,000 pages), consisting of the archives of
prominent men of letters and of public affairs, ecclesiastics, poli-
ticians, and militarists. Among these archives are those of the
counts of Pefiasco (1,938 folios, covering the years from 1757
to 1847); the historian and foreign minister, Lucas AlamIn
(430 folios, covering the years 1810 to 1853); President Vicente
Guerrero and the Riva Palacio family (26,000 folios, covering
the period from 1810 to 1897); President Ignacio Comonfort
(2,650 folios, covering the quarter of a century beginning in
1838); Acting President G6mez Farias (4,300 folios, covering
the years 1820-1856); Jose Maria Luis Mora (570 folios, cover-
ing the years 1803-1836); the centralist leader, Servendo de
Teresa Mier y Guerra (1,008 folios, covering the years 1820-
1823); and General Juan Pablo Anaya (635 folios, covering the
years 1824-1869). Chiefly because of the Garcia Collection the
Catalogue of The University of Texas states: "For the study
of Mexica and general Latin-America, the University's equip-
ment is equal to that of any library in the United States."
The Oliveira Lima Collection of Ibero-American history was
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/70/: accessed May 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.