The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 83, July 1979 - April, 1980 Page: 426
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the beginning of settlement in the early 16oos to the mid-nineteenth century.
A large order, and one which Beers has admirably filled. But the Beers
guide is much more than an historical account of the gathering of Span-
ish and Mexican records. Rather it is an excellent guide to where
records are located, how the records are arranged, the relationships be-
tween groups of records, finding aids, and available publications.
The four main parts of the text deal with the Spanish and Mexican
records of New Mexico, Texas, California, and Arizona. Within each of
these divisions Beers discusses the history and government of the prov-
ince and changes which took place during the period covered. He then
turns to his main topic, the records themselves, and for each province
or state describes the provincial, legislative, departmental, and ecclesi-
astical records; land records and records of local jurisdictions; and
archival reproductions, documentary publications, and manuscript col-
lections. The history and government sections, which were prepared
from older, secondary sources, are rather superficial and occasionally
contain minor inaccuracies. However, in describing the records, their
acquisition, preservation, and publication, Beers is detailed, specific,
and wonderfully helpful. Although Beers's narrative approach makes
the guide somewhat more difficult to use than more familiar reference
approaches, the reader will, nonetheless, find it helpful to know some-
thing of the background and history of the records and to see them
within an integrated framework. As often happens with books of this
kind, changes have occurred since the writing was completed. Thus
some of the newer collections at the University of Texas at Arlington
and the University of Texas at San Antonio are not included. However,
the guide does accurately reflect the collections of the various deposi-
tories and their publications to 1975-1976.
The final section, "Reference Material," is not in narrative form. It
provides lists of repositories, a documentary list of California archives, a
brief inventory of United States Surveyor General records, and a list of
Spanish materials in the San Francisco land office. In addition the book
provides an extensive bibliography and a detailed index. The volume is
available in both paper ($8.95) and cloth ($18.5o).
Anyone interested in the Spanish and Mexican records of the South-
west will find the book informative and helpful. For researchers in the
field it is an essential research tool.
University of Texas, Arlington
SANDRA L. MYRES
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