We specialize in Americana, especially manuscript materials. We offer manuscript letters and archives, diaries, journals, personal and business correspondence from the 17th century through the 20th.

  • Portion of Mexico-Guatemala Boundary Archive
    Manuscript archive consisting of 119 manuscript letters, memoranda, minutes, letter copy book, totaling approximately 526 pages, plus manuscript map, and other materials.
    The present archive of correspondence, papers, journals and other materials relate to the work of Miles Rock (1840-1901), as Chief of the Guatemala Boundary Commission, to resolve the dispute between Guatemala and Mexico regarding the boundary of the two countries, conflict in the disputed territories of Chiapas and Soconuso almost resulted in an armed conflict between the two countries. The two countries decided to have the dispute arbitrated by the United States. Rock was instrumental in Guatemala’s retention of the department of Petén, today the country’s largest department, Rocks efforts are comprehensively documented in a series of manuscript memoranda and minutes contained in the present archive. Mexico formerly the Viceroyalty of New Spain, declared itself independent from Spain on September 16, 1810. The Captaincy General of Guatemala, which consisted of the provinces of Guatemala, Chiapas, Cost Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, declared its independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Shortly thereafter, Chiapas declared its aggregation to Mexico, but Guatemala refused to accept the incorporation of Chiapas into Mexico until 1882. Guatemala, along with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, was annexed briefly by Mexico, from 1822-23, and between 1824 and 1838 the five states were members of the Federation of Central America. On December 7, 1877, a convention was signed by Guatemala and Mexico providing for a commission… more >