Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Research Center Microfilm Collection of the History of the Spanish Southwest

Collection Summary

Title: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Research Center Microfilm Collection of the History of the Spanish Southwest
Call Number: MS 95-08
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Research Center, Canyon, Texas
Processed By: MTK, 1995; JEF, 7-13-1998; MN, 11-2012
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The History of the Spanish Southwest Collection contains documents on microfilm that relate to the Coronado Expedition and to the administration of New Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. The greater portion of the original documents is found in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain. Included are accounts of voyages by Spanish explorers, service records of individual members of the Coronado expedition, a history of New Spain and New Mexico, reports from Coronado and others to the King of Spain, and various legal reviews of appointed officials in New Spain. Additionally, an inventory of maps and plans of New Spain is contained in the finding aid as well as a selected bibliography listing books about European exploration and discovery, Coronado’s expedition, and Coronado’s route.

Administrative History

In 1981 the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society began collecting, primarily on microfilm, documents relating to the Coronado Expedition and to the administration of New Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries.  The bulk of these materials are found in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, the major repository for 16th-century Spanish government documents relating to the New World.  The Society’s History of the Spanish Southwest Collection now numbers greater than 23,000 leaves of documents, maps, and plans on microfilm and in color transparencies. It is the largest single existing collection of Coronado materials.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Reels 1-11 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Expedition. Microfilm.
Series 2 Reels 12-21 General Materials consisiting of the Official Microfilm Publications of the Centro Nacional de Microfilm (Madrid, Spain, 1975), publication number 63. These contains materials relating to the Residencia or official final examination of the administration of Viceroy Don Antonio de Mendoza following his removal from office. Contents include documents examined and testimony taken by the Crown-appointed juez, Francisco Tello de Sandoval, as he investigated Mendoza's official actions as Viceroy.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 -- Francisco Vázquez de Coronado Expedition

Microfilm Cabinet Reel 1 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 2 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 3 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 4 Duplicates of materials on Reels 1, 2, and 3
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 5 Records from the Museo Naval, Madrid
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 6 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 7 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 8 Continuation of Reel 7
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 9 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 10 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 11 Continuation of Reel 10

Series 2 -- General Materials

Microfilm Cabinet Reel 12 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 13 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 14 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 15 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 16 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 17 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 18 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 19 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 20 Archivo General de Indias
Microfilm Cabinet Reel 21 Archivo General de Indias