Excerpt from Index of Publications, Articles and Maps Relating to Mexico, in the War Department Library
This finding list of titles of publications in the War Department Library relating to Mexico results primarily from difficulties experienced from time to time in locating Mexican data required for official purposes. The catalogues of this library having been in part printed in alphabetical form on the author system, and in part arranged on the card system, have made it necessary heretofore to search through a series of catalogues and appendixes, with great loss of time and an uncertainty as to whether any particular publication would be eventually found.
The Library of the War Department has an almost unbroken file of Governmental publications in all the various Executive Departments in addition to its Congressional publications, which are complete from the Thirteenth Congress. Under these conditions it seemed advisable to pre pare a finding list which should cover all publications relating to Mexico in this library, and to put it in such permanent form that it would be of abiding value to the Army, to the War Department, and also to such libraries of the country as might have large collections of Government documents upon their shelves.
It is but justice to acknowledge an indebtedness to Mr. David Fitz Gerald, the Librarian of the War Department, for his activity in the past in accumulating works relative to Mexico, and to recognize the fund of accurate knowledge he has acquired as to their contents and relative value.
It should be borne in mind that this finding list is not a complete bibliography of works pertaining to Mexico, but it is believed that there are missing very few articles or publications that have appeared in'the United States, either in serial form or as publications of the Government. It seemed advisable to divide the finding list into four parts, so that such special subjects as Inter-oceanic Canals and Railroads (part the Mexi can War of 1846 - 48 and T exan-mexican War (part and the French Intervention, or Maximilian Period (part might be more conveniently consulted by officers of the Army and others interested in these special topics.
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