Doucmentary Relations of the Southwest
About the DRSW Finding Aids
DRSW Master Index
DRSW Master Index is a computerized guide to several collections of Spanish
colonial documents. The guide has been compiled and analyzed from microfilm copies
of documents, indexes, persons, places, ethnic groups, and keywords, which are cross-referenced
to a precise document and the location of the original. Although the database does
not include transcriptions or translations of the documents, it is a finding aid
or research tool to allow the investigator to know which documents and/or archives
may have pertinent documents. Most of these documents are on microfilm collections
held in major research libraries.
the Master Index Online
Master Index Online Search Help
Archival collections covered by the database are:
- Provincias Internas, Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico City, Mexico
- Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Series II, Santa Fe, Mexico
- Bexar Archives (to 1790), University of Texas, Austin, Texas
- Archivo de Parral, Parral, Chihuahua
- Selected other documents from European and Mexican archives.
- BIOFILE Southwest is a computer generated biographical dictionary of
persons who appear in the historical record of northern New Spain. It is a separate,
auxiliary file to the DRSW Master Index to assist in the identification of persons
with the same or similar names. It is an alphabetical listing of 19,684 persons
living in the greater Southwest during the Spanish colonial period who appear
with frequency in the historical record. Each entry is assumed to be a discrete
person who is assigned a Biographical Identification Number (BID) to distinguish
between persons with the same name.
- BIOFILE Relatives and Household Members Index. This is an alphabetical
index to the names embedded within the biographical sketches of persons in the
BIOFILE Southwest. Included in this list are spouses, family members, relatives,
and household members. Names appearing in this list may or may not appear in the
Master List of BIOFILE.
- BIOFILE Occupations and Titles Index. This index alphabetically lists
all titles and occupations found in BIOFILE. They are arranged in fifty-year sets
so that a researcher may more easily investigate specific occupations for a specific
the Biofile Online
BIODEX and BIODEX 2
Biodex is an index of 44,715 names found in the indexes of 150 major secondary
works on the colonial Southwest. Originally created as an in-house authority file
for established spellings of historic names, this tool is now available separately
as a reference to published works in which important historic persons are discussed. Biodex 2 is broader in that it contains all references from the indexes of
46 historical works. Please contact us to arrange access
to these resources.
N.B. Researchers are cautioned that DRSW has not produced a definitive and comprehensive
list of ALL personal names, nor do these research tools provide ALL references available
for even the most famous persons. BIOFILE, BIODEX, BIOFILE Relatives Index, and
the DRSW Persons Index should all be consulted, paying special attention to possible
alternate spellings of the name.
Geofile is an alphabetical gazetteer of 64,800 place names and geographical
features for the greater Southwest including all of California, Arizona, New Mexico,
Texas (below 32 degrees north latitude) and northern Mexico (above 22 degrees).
Place names were taken from contemporary maps in the USGS, DOD, and Mexico's DETENAL
1:250,000 series and are correlated with three separate geographical references.
First, each name is referenced to the northwest corner of a 15' quadrant of longitude
and latitude. Second, the name is referenced to the Universal Transverse Mercator
(UTM) map number used internationally for map designations. Third, the name is keyed
to an archeological site code established by the Arizona State Museum for geographical
locations in the greater Southwest. Please contact us to arrange access to this
For more information, please contact us:
Arizona State Museum
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
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