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municipal record books of frontier towns-Chachapoyas (1538-
1545) and San Juan de la Frontera de Guamanga (1539-1547)-
comprising 227 folios.
The reviewer is not disposed to question Dr. Jameson's judg-
ment in characterizing the Harkness Collection as "one of the
most valuable and important gifts . . . ever made to . . .
any . . . library." Instead, that appraisal may heartily be
acclaimed by all critical students of Latin-American history.
That being true, it might be appropriate to make a comparative
appraisal of the 400,000 folios of original manuscripts in the
Garcia Collection at the University of Texas. Briefly, it may be
said that the character of the documents in the Garcia Collec-
tion, many of which date from the sixteenth century, is similar
to that of the documents in the Harkness Collection. Moreover,
the volume of the manuscript materials in the Garcia Collection
is 142 times greater than those constituting the Harkness Col-
lection. One of the greatest services which the University of
Texas could perform would be to publish an exhaustive cata-
logue of its Latin-American materials, the most distinctive and
unique part of which is the Genaro Garcia Collection of Mexicana.
It is the intention of the Library of Congress to publish in a
second volume the "full text and translations . . . [of]
those documents from early Peru which are thought most inter-
esting and important to the public of scholars, the hundred
pieces originating with or relating to the Pizarros and Almagros.
. . . The third [volume] will be a calendar of the documents
in the Mexican division of the [Harkness] collection."
Indian Labor in the Spanish Colonies. By Ruth Kerns Barber.
(The University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque
[1932]. 135 pp. $2.00.)
From the day Las Casas published his Breve descripcidn de la
destruccion de las Indias in 1552 in an earnest effort to alleviate
the sufferings of the conquered races of Spanish America there
has waged an endless controversy as to the treatment accorded
the natives by the Spanish conquistadores. Impulsive and pas-
sionate by nature, La Casas purposely exaggerated the cruelties

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