The Manuscript Division holds microfilm and photocopies of archival and manuscript collections held in archives throughout
the United States and abroad. For example, “Spanish Archives of New Mexico (1621-1821)” on twenty-two reels of microfilm includes
the official documents of the central and local government then under Spanish control. The East Florida Papers (65,000 items;
1737-1858) has marriage licenses for 1785-1803 as well as proceedings from the town council of Saint Augustine from 1812 to
1821. In 1905, the Library established a Foreign Copying Program that brought together many types of reproductions—hand-copied,
photostats and photocopies, and microform—from the millions of pages found in archives from around the world. The copies and
films from the Archivo General de la Nación of Mexico are excellent sources for the Latina past. Manuscripts filmed at the
Archivo Histórico Nacional and the Archivo General de Indias in Spain are also fruitful sources for researchers interested
in searching for the context of women's lives during the period of Spanish colonial rule in what has become the United States.
An excellent guide to these materials is found in The Hispanic World, 1492-1898/El Mundo Hispánico, 1492-1898: A Guide to the Photoreproduced Manuscripts from Spain in the
Collections of the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico, edited by Guadalupe Jiménez Codinach (Washington: Library of
Congress, 1994; Z663.32.H54 1994 MRR Alc).