The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 612
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them for purposes of research. In Chapter II she outlines the
establishment, growth and present status of the archives. And
finally in Chapter III, Preliminary Inventory of the Archives,
she divides the records of the Catholic Archives of Texas into
four groups: General Records, Records of the Spanish Regime,
Records of Texas as a Republic and a State, Records of a Mis-
cellaneous Nature. This inventory is given in an unusual man-
ner. Since the material is not yet filed in individual indexed
items, the extent and volume of each group of materials is de-
scribed as "comprising about 244 ft. of documentary records,
2oo ft. of books and periodicals, and about 150 ft. of newspapers,
ranging over a period of nearly 450 years." They are grouped
under the various archives from which they were gathered and
are arranged chronologically within the period in which they were
produced. Bolton's Guide for the Mexican archives and Shep-
herd's Guide for the Spanish archives were used for background
history of the sources of these records, as stated by the author.
At the very beginning the commission set for itself the highest
standards: "All were in accord that this history must be 'a work
worthwhile, comprehensively and truthfully written, a scientific
work worthy of the respect of the scholars of the world and one
that could be quoted without the least fear of contradiction'
(Commission Report, Austin, 1926, p. 16)."
The archives cover a wide range of historical material. Among
the various sources covered are records from the various archives
in Texas, the Bexar Archives, Nacogdoches Archives, Records of
Texas as a Republic and a State, to mention only a few. Appended
is also a list of the Members of Texas Knights of Columbus His-
torical Commission 1923-1959, a list of the historiographers in-
cluding Carlos E. Castafieda, a list of the sponsors of the resolution
by which the Historical Commission was created. There are also
added short biographies of selected members of the Commission
including Carlos E. Castafieda, Joseph I. Driscoll, Bishop Fitz-
Simon, Rev. Dr. Paul F. Foik, Bishop Mariano Garriga, James
Patrick Gibbons and Rev. Dr. Peter Guilday. Mentioned also is
Msgr. W. H. Oberste, Texas historian. Last but not least there are
listed the members of the Texas Catholic hierarchy, among them
Most Rev. Archbishop R. E. Lucey, Archbishop of San Antonio,
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