Spanish Colonial and Mexican Documents

Spanish Colonial Research Center


The SCRC was originally a National Park Service research office at UNM doing interpretive work for Spanish colonial historical sites. The SCRC continues as a UNM division processing thousands of those documents today. These SCRC collections are available for use at CSWR.

SCRC document collection, 1530s - 1820s, microfilm, copied from the archives of Spain and Mexico, for sites from California to Florida, Washington, D.C., Alaska, Cuba, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, with some crossover to New England, New France, and early U.S. areas. Mainly referring to Spanish military fortifications, troops, campaigns, supplies, correspondence, service records, associated towns, missions, Indian and community affairs, including Negros - Mulatos, Acadians, American Revolution, American filibusters, Pike, etc. Some for New Mexico - Onate, settlers, missions, bishop and college for New Mexico, Peralta, Luis Rosas, De Vargas, Galisteo villa, Cruzat, Apaches, Navajos, Arkansas River, Santiago Abreu, Manuel Delgado, Facundo Melgares, Pimas, Northern Mexican provinces, etc.  At CSWR Anderson E18.82 S63 2000, 14 reels. Detailed guide at same Call # and online on UNM Repository. These documents are scanned on the NMDC

SCRC map collections (2 sets) - issued in 1990 and 1994, microfilm, copied from the archives of Spain, maps, architectural plans, background details, illustrations, sketches, churches, town plans, charts, horse gear, soldier uniforms, etc. 

Set 1,1990, 1550 - 1801, 289 items, at CSWR Anderson GA195 A32 S62 1990, 1 reel, finding guide, 2 vols. at same Call #. Not online. Sites include Alabama, Alaska, Washington state, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Also Pacific Islands, St. Lawrence, Cape Cod, Chesapeake, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Great Lakes, Midwest, Puerto Rico, Gulf islands, St. Croix, Peru, Strait of Magellan, South America. Also  some for Arizona, Pimeria Alta, California, Kino, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Quivira, Apaches, De Anza, Texas, Nueva Vizcaya, Cualiacan, Guaymas Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Sonora, Campeche, Nayarit, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Yucatan, Veracruz.

Set 2,1994, 1743-1856, 809 items,at CSWR Anderson GA 401 S63 1994, 1 reel, finding guide, 7 vols. at same Call #. Also at MAGIC. Not online. Sites include Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, War of 1898, Panama, and Cuba. Some material for Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, West Point, U. S. Civil War, Staten Island, St. Lawrence, Alaska, Arctic, New England and New France.  Some material for Southwest, among them, Vol. 1, California; French map New Spain interior, troop count, includes New Mexico; and map of Texas, Nuevo Santander, Leon and Extremadura; Mexico, 1817 Cerro Colorado, Puebla; 1817 Zanja Ranch, Salvatierra; Colorado River proposed fort; Guazaqualcos River and Tepexi de la Seda fortifications. Vol. 3 California 1841-2; Vol. 7 Californias and Alaska, 1750s-90s; Texas 1807;  rivers, Rio Grande, Colorado, Mississippi and Missouri, in late 1700s.

Tip:  The SCRS 1991 collection for Puerto Rico, 19th century engineering, architectural plans, maps, infrastructure, is at CSWR, on 4 reels microfilm. 

From NMDC, SCRC document, ID: 3453