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HIST 360 Mexico: Aztecs to Narcos: Primary Sources

This guide is designed to assist students with their research for Professor Yannakakis's Fall 2017 course

Primary Sources

â–ºWhat is a Primary Source?              

    Original, first-hand account of an event or time period

    Usually written or made during or close to the event or time period

    Original, creative writing or works of art

    Factual, not interpretive


    Diaries, journals, and letters

    Newspaper and magazine articles (factual accounts)

    Government records (census, congressional reports, marriage, military)

    Photographs, maps, postcards, posters

    Recorded or transcribed speeches

    Interviews with participants or witnesses (e.g., The Civil Right Movement)

    Interviews with people who lived during a particular time (e.g., genocide in Rwanda)

    Songs, Plays, novels, stories

    Paintings, drawings, and sculptures


What is a Secondary Source?         

    Analyzes and interprets primary sources

    Second-hand account of an historical event

    Interprets creative work




    Literary Criticism

    Book, Art, and Theater Reviews

    Newspaper articles that interpret

Free Digital Primary Sources for Mexico

500 anos de Mexico en documentos  Extensive collection of online documents related to Mexican History (SPANISH)
Bracero History Archive  More than 2,500 items including oral histories and photographs pertaining to the mid-20th century Mexican guest worker initiative
Castas Paintings  Website with links to 16 castas paintings of ethnic/racial groups in Mexico
Codices de Mexico  Website by Mexico Instituto Nacional de Antropologia with 44 digitized codices--(You must register to download)
Corridos sin Fronteras  Smithsonian site with audio, lyrics, to these Mexican ballads.; site can be viewed in English or Spanish
Hermoteca Digital Nacional de Mexico   Portal to the Digital Newspaper Collection of the Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico. Contains a searchable database of millions of pages of digitised newspapers from the early 18th to the early 20th century (SPANISH)
Historical Mexican and Mexican American Press  Portal to the Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of Arizona from the early 18th to the early 20th century ( MAINLY SPANISH)
Mexican-American War and the Media Transcriptions of more than 5,000 articles dealing with the Mexican-American war of 1846-48 from the Times of London plus four American newspapers.
Mexican Political Pamphlets 1808-1832 Information on more than 10,000 pamphlets; digitized images of over 1,000. (SPANISH)
Mexican Presidential Messages  Collection of presidential messages from the 19th through 20th centuries. (SPANISH)
Mexico Photographs, Imprints, Manuscripts  Provides digital access to some of the items relating to Mexico that are held in Southern Methodist University's DeGolyer Library.
Mexico Revolution 1910-1917  Portal offering digital access to photographs and translated documents dealing with the Mexican Revolution.
Tlatelolco Massacre 1968  Collection of 30 declassified US government documents on the 1968 massacre of student demonstrators.
Zapatistas! Documents of the New Mexican Revolution  !Zapatistas! contains the full, English language text of every communique published (along with several that were not published, as well as many interviews, letters, and essays) from the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) from December 31, 1994 through June 12, 1994.


Emory Only Primary Sources

Sabin Americana Sabin Americana, 1500–1926 is a fully searchable online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s. 

Latin America Print Confidential 1833-1969 The documents of Confidential Print: Latin America, issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices, cover the whole of South and Central America, plus the non-British islands of the Caribbean, from just after the final Spanish withdrawal from mainland America in the 1820s to the height of the Cold War in the 1960s

The Making of the Modern World: The Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic LIterature (1450-1850) This database is a collection of legal and literary publications from the mid-fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth century.

World Scholar Latin America Archive Database contains over 1 million pages of primary source material dealing with Latin America. The materials come from both the colonial and national periods.  Click on the Historical Collections tab for the complete list of collections

Archivo Historico del Arzobispado de México  This image database contains 9550 documents and 319 books related to the administration of the archdiocese of Mexico during the colonial period. The AHAM include three major record sets: Fondo Episcopal, Fondo Cabildo, and Fondo Juzgado Eclesiástico de Toluca.

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