The Benson Latin American Collection

Harry Lund Collection, 1594-1967 (bulk 1820-1876)

Descriptive Summary

Creator Lund, Harry, 1911-
Title Harry Lund Collection
Dates: 1594-1967 (bulk 1820-1876)
Abstract Manuscripts and printed material pertaining to the history and government of Mexico, particularly the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, collected by historian Harry Lund.
OCLC Record No. 33329052
Extent 12 linear ft.
Language Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Historian, professor. Born July 29, 1911, in North Mankato, Minnesota. Lund received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1942, and a Ph.D. from the University of Madrid in 1953. He worked as an English teacher and interpreter, and was a professor of Spanish at Pan American College in Edinburg, Texas. He wrote and published several works, including a biography of Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

Scope and Contents Note

Manuscripts and printed material pertaining to the history and government of Mexico, particularly the states of Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. The collection includes decrees, proclamations, broadsides, circulars, correspondence, reports, inventories, minutes of ayuntamientos, marriage records, wills and testaments, and card files. Three-and-a-half linear feet of the collection concern the state of Nuevo León from 1747 to 1931; two-and-a-half feet relate to the state of Tamaulipas from 1768 to 1895; and one-half foot consists of items originating from the central government in Mexico City, materials relating to states other than Nuevo León and Tamaulipas, and documents or fragments thereof whose point of origin or subject is undetermined.

Municipalities prominent in the collection are Linares, Monterrey, Hualahuises, and Hidalgo ‪(‬formerly Santo Domingo de Hoyos‪)‬. Some materials relate to Texas and other states of the southwestern U.S. Marriage records are mostly from Linares, Nuevo León; testamentary materials are largely those of Doña Matiana de León y Vallejo of Santo Domingo de Hoyos from circa 1792. The collection contains business correspondence of the Reynosa office of the Transportes de Oriente bus company from 1960 to 1965. Over five linear feet of card files contain descriptive information about documents in the collection and notes on 25 towns in northern Mexico and Texas. Assorted material includes unattributed and fragmentary items; visual materials; newspaper clippings; notes and correspondence; and a scrapbook of clippings concerning bullfighters in Reynosa.

Organized into five series: I. Nuevo León. II. Tamaulipas. III. Central government and other states. IV. Assorted material. V. Card files. Arranged chronologically.


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Index Terms

The Harry Lund Collecton is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
León y Vallejo, Matiana de--Will
Transportes de Oriente
Marriage records--Mexico--Linares ‪(‬Nuevo León‪)
Nuevo León ‪(‬Mexico : State‪)-‬-History
Nuevo León ‪(‬Mexico : State‪)‬--Politics and government
Tamaulipas (Mexico : State)--History
Tamaulipas (Mexico : State)--Politics and government
Mexico--Politics and government--19th century
Linares ‪(‬Nuevo León, Mexico‪)-‬-History
Linares ‪(‬Nuevo León, Mexico‪‬)--Politics and government
Monterrey (Mexico)--Politics and government
Hualahuises (Mexico)--Politics and government
Hidalgo (Tamaulipas, Mexico)--History
Hidalgo (Tamaulipas, Mexico)--Politics and government
Texas--History--To 1846
Lund, Harry, 1911-

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The Harry Lund Collection was purchased by the Barker Texas History Center from Mrs. Lund in 1972; a portion was transferred to the Benson Latin American Collection on October 4, 1982.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Harry Lund Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Harry Lund Collection

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