The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 73, July 1969 - April, 1970 Page: 55

Herbert E. Bolton: His Guide in the Making

Jameson, read the galleys, went through the page proofs, pored
over the index pages.
Months lengthened into years, and it was now Bolton's turn to be
a bit impatient. Then, events in Mexico became distinctly worrisome,
as the first weeks of 1913 piled up. It was reported that the Sec-
retaria de Gobernaci6n had been used by General Felix Diaz as
his command post during the Decena Trdgica in February. Con-
cern turned to high apprehension in Bolton's office in Berkeley and
Jameson's in Washington. What was happening to the archives in
Gobernaci6n, and to others elsewhere in the strife-ridden capital?
Were other archives outside the Federal District also threatened?
Would there be historical materials left to which the scholar might
be "guided"? There was even some question of Bolton's making a
quick trip to Mexico, to ascertain the state of things. But this might
be fruitless and even dangerous. It was decided to go ahead with
the publication of the Guide and to hope for the best.
On November 5, 1913, Jameson wrote: "The first paper-bound
copies of the Guide came to my desk the morning of November 1."
At long last, it was a reality!
There is little need to comment on this remarkable bibliographic
production. Bolton's later translations and editions of source materials,
diaries, memoirs, letters official and otherwise, his monographs, his
biographies, his textbooks, all contribute to his fame as a top-rank
American historian. But, possibly, no one of his efforts in scholarship
has served so many history students so often and so well as this
volume. It was in 1913, and it still remains, a monumental piece.

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