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Two Years in the Making: SRT Mexican Manuscript Collection digitized and open for online access

July 8, 2019

I am excited to announce that the two-year project digitizing the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) Mexican Manuscript Collection has come to a close. Virtually all of the manuscript documents (more than 4,000 of them) have been scanned, and they are now available in our digital library.  This collection comprises 30 linear feet of printed and manuscript documents, periodicals, pamphlets, and broadsides ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th centuries. It includes government documents, financial records, legal petitions, political and ecclesiastical decrees, wills and legal testaments, and personal and business letters. These manuscripts cover a broad array of topics, including information on government, politics, finances, work, religion, social status, marriage and family, and numerous other subjects of social and historical interest.

Over the past two years, I have been scanning each document and uploading them to our digital library. Digitization of the SRT manuscripts actually began in 2011, and I’m to thrilled that as of July 2019 – it is complete. As more and more documents have been added to our digital library, we have seen massive growth in users from Mexico and Latin America visiting our Special Collections website and engaging with the SRT materials. I like to think that my work in refining and improving the descriptive metadata associated with each document has also improved digital access to these unique materials.

In May 2019, I had the opportunity to present about the closing of the project at two conferences. First, I traveled to Tucson, Arizona and spoke at the joint conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists & Society of Southwest Archivists. It was great to share the work on this project with individuals from across the Southwest United States who have similar collections that cross borders. Additionally, I presented at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries in Austin. These experiences were a wonderful way to bring the project to a close and share our work with peers across the state of Texas and the western US.

Here are some blog posts I’ve written over the past two years that examine parts of the collection in more detail:

I look forward to continuing to build our digital collections here at Special Collections.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Julianna Barrera-Gomez permalink*
    July 16, 2019 11:17 am

    Excellent work, from the students who initially started scanning for this project and from Alyssa’s major (& awesome) efforts to finalize it!

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