1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 22, 2021 11:21 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records relating to the Internal Affairs of Mexico

    Kristina Boylan Newbie

      Years ago while in college I used the Department of State Records Relating to the Internal Affairs of Mexico, 1930-1939, using Interlibrary Loan to access them from another school.  I must have used some kind of catalog to narrow down my search, though, because neither in 1994 nor 2021 would it have been practical or feasible to ask for 145 reels of microfilm from another institution!  So my question, since I can't seem to identify anything specific using several catalog searches (NARA's as well as several university libraries)--is there an index to this collection (as there is one for the RRIAM 1910-1929, though this is in print format and can't be lent from the library in whose catalog I found it), and is there a digital edition that I could access during these quarantine times, in order to narrow down how many reels I'd like to try to ILL this time around!  Thanks in advance for your help.

        • Re: Seeking records relating to the Internal Affairs of Mexico
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Boylan,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Central Decimal Files, 1910 - 1963 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that includes files for Mexico filed under the decimal “812”. These records were microfilmed as National Archives Microfilm Publication No. M1370: Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of Mexico, 1930-1939 (165 rolls). Unfortunately, M1370 has not been digitized. The roll list is available by contacting the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.  For more information about how the records are arranged, please see the State Department Filing Manual.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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