The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 63
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Book Reviews and Notices
presented to the Catholic University of America by its compiler,
the eminent Brazilian historian and diplomat, Manoel de Oliveira
Lima. It contains 40,000 volumes and numerous manuscripts,
engravings, and paintings. As a result of this acquisition it has
been authoritatively stated: "Washington today rivals Rio de
Janeiro in the number and value of its Portuguese books. In-
deed, it now possesses literary treasures, Portuguese and Span-
ish, not to be found in all Latin-America."
Collections less notable, or at best less known than the three
aforementioned ones, but extremely valuable in the aggregate,
have, during recent years, been acquired as entities, or built up,
at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, Michigan, Chicago,
North Carolina, Duke and Stanford universities; at the New
York Public Library; at the Henry Huntington Library in
California; and at the Newberry Library at Chicago. The
Library of Congress has recently been enriched by the acquisi-
tion of photostats and transcripts of numerous documents in the
Spanish and Mexican archives.
It is with the above data as a background that the acquisition
of the Harkness Collection by the Library of Congress may be
considered. It was presented to the Library of Congress in 1929
by Mr. Edward S. Harkness. It comprises two groups of manu-
script material of approximately equal magnitude-"the one con-
sisting of materials relating to the early history of the Spaniards
in Mexico, and the other to their early history in Peru." The
collection has been described by Dr. J. F. Jameson, Chief of the
Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress, as "one of the
most valuable and important gifts of manuscripts ever made to
this or any other library."
The volume under review is a descriptive and chronological
calendar of the Peruvian manuscripts in the Harkness Collec-
tion. It was prepared under the general direction of Dr. Jame-
son by Miss Stella R. Clemence, and may be regarded as a model
calendar of manuscript materials. In it are calendared 1,030
separate manuscripts (comprising 1,405 folios, or 2,810 pages).
They fall into four classes: Notarial instruments, covering the
years 1531 to 1618, and containing 1,004 folios; royal cedulas
for the period 1555 to 1610, containing eight folios; viceregal
decrees (1556-1651, 1740), containing 166 folios; and two
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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/m1/71/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.