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Archivo General de Centro America fonds. -- 1544-1821. -- Microfilmed 1970-1978; re-mastered in 2005. -- 3,832 microfilm reels.

The Archivo General de Centro America (General Archive of Central America) was founded in Guatemala City, Guatemala to hold the government records of this region. These records outline the conquest and governance of Central America by Guatemala and its provinces: Chiapas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The archive in Guatemala contained records which were deteriorating from the effects of moisture and insects. In 1970, at the urging of Dr. John Browning, then Associate Professor of Spanish at McMaster University, University Librarian William Ready, along with Business Manager Arthur Lawrence visited Guatemala. A contract was signed allowing the archives to be microfilmed for scholarly studies. This microfilming, done by McMaster University, was supplemented by microfilming done by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at an earlier date. In 2005 UMI/ProQuest made high-quality microfilm reproductions of the fonds.

The microfilmed documents are arranged and were filmed by province (later country): Chiapas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Within each geographical location, arrangement is by type of document: A1, Superior Gobierno (Central Government); A2, Capitania Generale (Judicial, Economic, and Military); A3 Real Hacienda (Exchequer, Court Documents, Accounts, and Taxation).

Title based on content of the fonds.
Finding aid: A database has been created by Ross Publishing LLC, the sole distributor of the microfilms. In addition, an earlier hard copy listing of the microfilms is available in the Research Collections reading room.
There are no access restrictions.
Further accruals are not expected.

 

Contact: archives@mcmaster.ca
Last Reviewed: February 27, 2013
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