Answered By: Darren Chase
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014     Views: 24

Archivo de Hidalgo del Parral, 1631-1821, is a large set of microfilm (324 rolls) that contains over 360,000 pages of handwritten documents from the Municipal Archives of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, documenting the history of a Spanish frontier colonial silver mining community in the Parral district of northern Mexico.

The collection begins with the earliest extant documents, in 1631, and continues to the close of the Spanish colonial period in 1821.  Documents are organized by year, each year being subdivided into subject categories relative to civil and military affairs, land and mineral entitlements, judicial proceedings and miscellaneous matters.  Provides primary source material for Indian uprisings, slavery, public entertainment, official residences, crime and punishment.

Our subject guide for Latin American History has a little more information on the contents: http://guides.library.stonybrook.edu/content.php?pid=352778&sid=2886476

The collection is at several libraries in Texas, including UT San Antonio, UT El Paso, SMU, Texas A&M, University of Houston, and UT Austin, in their Benson Latin American Collection, which is probably the foremost collection of Latin American material in the U.S. I would consider contacting them for more information about the Archivo.

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