Luis Alberto Guajardo Collection of Músquiz, Mexico Records
Scope and Contents
The Luis Alberto Guajardo Collection of Músquiz, Mexico Records contains administrative records from the town of Músquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. The records were collected by Luis Alberto Guajardo, a general in the Mexican Army. Guajardo's military travels allowed him to visit local record offices in Coahuila to research the history of the region, collect documents, and make copies of original documents. This research led to the formulation of Guajardo's Apuntes Datos y Noticias Para la Historia de Coahuila, a history of the Coahuila region. Much of the material contained in this collection appears to have been used in the creation of the Apuntes Datos y Noticias.
The collection is arranged in five overlapping chronologies, apparently created by Guajardo. In some areas of this collection, his manuscript notes are present and indicate how he has grouped material.
The First Chronology is the largest and includes administrative records, particularly census records, land records, legal records, and records pertaining to the administration of Indian affairs.
The Second Chronology is very similar to the First Chronology and includes administrative records and circulars issued by the Coahuila government.
The Third Chronology includes religious, census, property, and legal records pertaining to Músquiz and the Coahuila region.
The Fourth Chronology contains administrative records for the Coahuila region, including census, land, and water records; census rolls, including rolls of Indian (particularly Seminole and Apache) residents; records pertaining to mining in the Santa Rosa region; an account of the founding of Piedras Negras; and records pertaining to the military budget.
The Fifth Chronology includes indices of correspondence and decrees in Coahuila, wills, and court proceedings. The land petitions, citizenship, and legal proceedings of Thomas Jefferson Chambers are especially well documented and include manuscripts in English. This chronology also includes material on the founding and history of the Texas region.
Luis Alberto Guajardo's Folders (now empty) consists of folders Guajardo used. When the collection was processed in 1993 these folders were empty, but the folders have been kept with the collection because they include Guajardo's notes and may provide information regarding how he organized the collection.
- 1553 - 1889
- Majority of material found within 1801 - 1889
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Luis Alberto Guajardo Collection of Músquiz, Mexico Records is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Charles and Lindley Eberstadt, 1961.
7.09 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Luis Alberto Guajardo Collection of Músquiz, Mexico Records contains administrative records from the town of Músquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. The records were collected by Luis Alberto Guajardo, a general in the Mexican Army. Guajardo's military travels allowed him to visit local record offices in Coahuila and research the history of the region. This research led to the formulation of Guajardo's Apuntes Datos y Noticias Para la Historia de Coahuila, a history of the Coahuila region. The Records are arranged in five overlapping chronologies. This order has been maintained from an earlier, unknown processor, perhaps Guajardo himself. The chronologies include circulars issued by the Coahuila government; religious, legal, military, land, water, and mining records pertaining to Musquiz and the Coahuila region; census records, including the documentation of Indians, widows, slaves, and vassals; legal records, including records administering issues of violence against women; documents pertaining to the administration of Indian affairs, particularly those of the Seminole and Apache tribes; and indices of correspondence and decrees in Coahuila, wills, and court proceedings. Also included is material on the founding and history of the Texas region, as well as English language manuscript land petitions, citizenship records, and legal proceedings of Thomas Jefferson Chambers.
Biographical / Historical
Luis Alberto Guajardo (1872-1925) was a general in the Mexican Army. He was born in Músquiz, Coahuila and participated in the Mexican Revolution. His military travels allowed him to visit local record offices in Coahuila and research the history of the region, as well as make copies of original documents. This research led to the formulation of Apuntes Datos y Noticias Para la Historia de Coahuila, a history of the Coahuila region.
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This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and minimal organization. Prior processing in the summer of 1993 found that the papers had been arranged in five chronological series. Many documents were dated in pencil by an earlier unknown processor. Without disturbing these series, the chronological order within each series was improved, and the material was placed in archival folders and boxes. No bound documents were disbound.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Apache Indians
- Cattle trade -- Mexico
- Chambers, Thomas Jefferson, 1802-1865
- Cholera -- Mexico
- Coahuila (Mexico : State)
- Coahuila and Texas (Mexico) -- Colonization
- Coahuila and Texas (Mexico) -- Politics and government
- Comanche Indians
- Guajardo, Luis Alberto
- Indians of Mexico -- Mexico -- Coahuila and Texas
- Indians of North America -- Southwest, New
- Land grants -- Mexico -- Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)
- Land grants -- Texas
- Mexico -- History -- 1821-1861
- Mexico -- History -- To 1810
- Mineral industries -- Mexico
- Mines and mineral resources -- Mexico
- Mining engineering -- Mexico
- Músquiz (Mexico)
- Provincias Internas (New Spain)
- Public health -- Mexico -- Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)
- Seminole Indians
- Texas -- Emigration and immigration
- Texas -- History -- To 1846
- Women -- Mexico
- Women -- Social conditions -- Mexico
- Women -- Violence against -- Mexico
- Guide to the Luis Alberto Guajardo Collection of Músquiz, Mexico Records
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff and Alison Clemens
- August 1993
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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