The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 494
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Austin in 1820, the establishment of the Anglo-American col-
onies under the new Mexican independent regime in 1821, the
Fredonian Rebellion in Nacogdoches in 1827, and, finally, the
independence of Texas in 1836.
Copybooks reporting trials of smugglers, highwaymen, thieves,
traitors, murderers, foreigners, deserters, and others who failed
to comply with Spanish and Mexican laws give an eyewitness
view of the judicial procedure and everyday life in Texas over
a century ago. Royal orders, official and personal letters from
officers, enlisted men, and civilians present the administrative
and financial methods of the government. Reports of occasional
inspections, reconnaissance expeditions, explorations, new set-
tlements, and Indian and military affairs are other interesting
matters recorded. Even duels, love affairs, and other bits of
intimate life may be found.
Realizing the, research value of the Bexar Archives, the Uni-
versity of Texas has meticulously complied with all the stipu-
lations of its contract. The documents have been carefully
arranged in chronological order and stored in a fireproof vault.
A calendar was completed in 1932. Several hundred pages of
the manuscripts had already been translated prior to 1933, when
the Board of Regents of the University, in order to comply more
fully with the contract, appointed a translator and a typist on
a full-time basis. Subsequent aid was given the translator by
the employment of student assistants under the Civil Works
Administration, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration,
and the National Youth Administration, and by the purchase
of special typewriters and other materials. The staff in 1947
consisted of one full-time translator and two part-time typists.
By the end of 1946, a total of 9,626 pages of typed transla-
tions had been completed, bound, and placed on file in the Bexar
County courthouse and the University of Texas Archives. Six
volumes (1,140 pages) cover the period between September 30,
1699, and April 30, 1735; thirty-eight volumes (8,486 pages)
are dated between January 1, 1804, and September 30, 1808.
A table of contents accompanying each volume gives the date,
the name of the writer, the place from which he wrote, the
name of the addressee, his location, and a brief summary of the
contents of the document, and a physical description of the
document, including its identification, the number of manuscript
pages, the number of typed pages, and the number of the page
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947, periodical, 1947; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101117/m1/605/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.