1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 28, 2021 2:24 PM by Rachael Salyer

    seeking records from US Treasury on Mexico in 1906

    Patrice Robitaille Newbie


      I am having trouble posting a thank you from a previous question from my work laptop, so have switched to a personal account.


      Someone helped me locate information on the US Mint in Philadelphia's production of Mexican gold coins (which occurred between February and October 1906).  The Philly mint has a folder with over 300 pages, so this may be the best that I can do, but I wondering if less detailed information might be in the archives of the U.S. treasury's international affairs department or the State Department.


      Using the search engine, I found under "general records of the U.S. Department of State, notes to foreign missions" some relevant material.  There are several letters from a Mr. Elihu Root of the U.S. State Dept to the Mexican ambassador, but that file ends in August 1906. The letters referenced a letter of instruction from the U.S. Treasury.  Would anyone have any idea whether there is any record of the U.S. treasury instructions to the State Department on the Mexican request on minting Mexican gold coins in Philadelphia?  Or whether there are State Department files of the sort that I found in the "notes to foreign missions file" but after August 15, 1907?  Thank you for any suggestions.


      P.S. as I now have 2 accounts, please let me know how to consolidate them to avoid any confusion.



        • Re: seeking records from US Treasury on Mexico in 1906
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Ms. Robitaille,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Card Index to the Numerical and Minor Files, 1906-1910 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that contains multiple references to Mexico AND treasury that might be of interest to you. It serves as an index to the series Numerical Files, 8/1906-1910 and to the series Minor Files, 1906-1910 in Record Group 59. These records have been digitized and can be viewed online using the Catalog.


          We also located 44 series of consular records related to Mexico in the early 1900s in the Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the United States (Record Group 84) that may contain some relevant information. These records have not been digitized. For access to and information about these and similar records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          In addition, we located your original History Hub post if you wish to review the discussion there.


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