Bexar Archives
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Brief Description: Copy books reporting trials of smugglers highwaymen, thieves, traitors, murderers, foreigners, deserters, and others who failed to comply with Spanish and Mexican laws give the reader an eyewitness view of the judicial procedure and the everyday life in Texas over a century ago. Royal orders, official and personal letters from officers, enlisted men, and civilians present a vivid picture of the administrative and financial methods of the government. Reports of occasional inspections, reconnaissance expeditions, explorations, new settlements, diaries, lists of Indian presents and military supplies are other interesting matters recorded in the Bexar Archives. Even duels, love affairs and other bits of intimate life are found in these documents. Many Texans, who are descendants of the early Spanish, Mexican, or Anglo-American settlers of Texas soil would glow with pride if they could read about the deeds of valor and gallantry performed by their forefathers, as preserved in these valuable Bexar Archives.
Held at:
East Texas Research Center
1936 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone: 936-468-4636
Email: asketrc [at]
Record Series Number: B/41
Volume: 0.0

Table of Contents: A table of contents has been prepared for each volume of translations. Along the left margin of the page the date has been typed. Next are given the name of the writer, the place from which he wrote, the name of the addressee, his location, and a brief summary of the contents of the document, followed by a physical description, including its identification, the number of manuscript pages, the number of typed pages, and the number of the page on which the document begins in the volume of typed translations. Identification Symbols: the symbols used in identifying documents are to be interpreted as follows.

ADS Autographed Document Signed (Document written and signed by the same person) ALS Autographed Letter Signed (Letter written and signed by the same person) C A simple copy of another document

cc Certified Copy Df Draft DS Document Signed (Written by one person, signed by another) LS Letter Signed (Written by one person, signed by another) Glossary: Following the last page of translations, the reader will find a list and explanation of Spanish words and phrases for which no concise English translation could be found. Index: At the end of the volume there is an Index of all proper names contained in the translations.

How to Use the Bexar Archives: Consult the Bexar Archives Calendar, which is available in the University of Texas Archive and read the summaries of the documents listed there. Copy the identification of the document desired (its own date, file date, and identification symbols), and call for the volume of Bexar Archives Translations containing that date. Look in the table of contents and glance down the date column to the proper date. Locate the description of the desired document, and in the right hand column you will be given the number of the page on which the translation begins. If no translation has yet been made for the document in which you are interested, the Spanish original may be consulted.

Subject Index
Bexar Archives
Texas -- Archival resources
Texas -- History -- Sources
Trials -- Texas