The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941 Page: 499
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In a letter dated January 25, 1941, Mr. Wilcox wrote:
I have not had much time lately to work with local
history, as much as I like it. I have been and still
am giving most of my spare time to assisting with the
transcription of the Spanish Archives of Laredo, which
is being done by the Historical Records Survey. At
present the first draft of the entire Archives has been
completed, and these copies are now being compared
with the originals, in order to eliminate as many
errors as possible. . . . When completed, the work
will consist of somewhere near 15,000 pages of type-
writing. . . . This will be an important addition to
Spanish material for the student of Southwest history,
and is a field that has never been open to the stu-
dent before . . .
When this work is finished and the copies placed in
the two libraries [State Library and University Li-
brary; there will be two other copies, one in Laredo
and one in Washington], I will then feel that I have
had a small part in preserving and making available
some interesting data that may have been lost as so
much of our material has in the past.
I have been working on these records for the past
six years in my spare time. Being interested in our
local history, I started a search for the original archives
of our old town, and in the fall of 1934 was so for-
tunate as to find these old records stored in the base-
ment of the Webb County courthouse where they
had been for years without being disturbed. Many
were mildewed and faded from water and others torn
and dirty. With the assistance of Rev. Father Florencio
Andres, O. M. I., of San Agustin church here, and a
wonderful historian, we cleaned off the dust, dried out
those that were wet and assembled them in chrono-
logical order, placed them in folders and filed the whole
lot in steel boxes.
Thus it happened that the Laredo archives were ready for
transcription when the W. P. A. was instituted. I quote the
following from Mr. Wilcox's letter to Mrs. Vera Enckhausen,
In the old state of Coahuila and Texas there were
three central points of government --San Antonio,
Nacogdoches, and La Bahia del Espiritu Santo. San
Antonio and Nacogdoches continued as centers of gov-
ernment until the close of the Texas Revolution, but
La Bahia, as a center of government, ceased to function
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