The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 518
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
knowledge, enthusiasm, and example, he fired the enthusiasm of his
students, and their fires burned until they ignited those even of a
later generation of students.
Nor should one miss calling attention to the other "archival blood-
hounds" of the Southwest: Eugene Barker, Charles Hackett, and Carlos
Castafieda (looking eastward toward Texas); Lansing Bloom and
George P. Hammond (in New Mexico, though Hammond moved to
California as had Bolton from Texas, and as did other outstanding
scholars of their generation); and Charles Chapman and Herbert
Priestly of California. The work of none of these was confined to a
single state. There were others of that generation that could be named,
and there are now others following them, among them the two speak-
ers to follow me on this program."
It almost seems that to become an historian of standing of the
American Southwest, one had to discover some new body of archival
material or at least describe and exploit hitherto unknown documen-
tary sources in old ones. It seems possible in fact that early south-
western history is more dependent on archival sources than is the
history of any other section of our country, for there were few inhab-
itants in the country who were not there in official capacity-political,
military, or ecclesiastical-and there were few printed sources of pri-
vate character, such as pamphlets, magazines, and newspapers before
the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Not only did the arch-
ival bloodhounds I have named locate, describe, and exploit rich
archival resources in Spain, in Mexico City, in the archives-state,
municipal, and parochial-of the northern provinces of Mexico, and
on the United States' side of the border, but they began the publi-
cation of selected sources, most of them in English translation, that
are basic for the history of the Spanish Southwest. One might name
dozens of titles by Bolton, Hackett, Castafieda, George P. Hammond,
and others. Hammond deserves special mention as the founder and
editor of the Quivira Society in whose publications there have ap-
peared so many volumes of original source materials for southwest-
ern history. Other such volumes edited by Hammond appeared in the
Coronado Cuarto Centennial series, one centennial that really pro-
duced permanent results in the publication of documentary materials
(but let us hope we do not always need to wait for such documentary
publications until the Cuarto Centenniall).
In the contemporary sources selected for translation and publica-
'David M. Vigness and Donald C. Cutter.
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