A Continent Divided: The U.S.-Mexico War

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Link to the Digital Archive

A Continent Divided: The U.S.-Mexico War -- the digital archive website.

About the Project

A Continent Divided is committed to digitizing primary source materials drawn from the UT-Arlington Library's Special Collections, long recognized as one of the premier repositories on the 1846-1848 conflict. Given the archive's strengths in U.S. and Mexican materials, UT Arlington is uniquely positioned to take on this project. Though fought entirely on soil claimed by Mexico, the war remains very much an American story for historians in the United States. This website, as its title suggests, seeks to address this imbalance, adopting a binational focus to examine the war as part of a larger and more integrated North American narrative.

Just as this project aims to bridge the histories of two very different nations, it also seeks to serve two separate audiences. Scholars actively engaged in research and teachers looking for ways to engage their students tend to approach the same subject in very different ways. It is hoped that this project will be of benefit to researchers by making available for the first time online one of the largest collections of primary source materials on the U.S. - Mexico War. At the same time, this website is also designed for teachers, by providing educational resources that can be used in the classroom. Ultimately, the goal of A Continent Divided is to promote interest at every level in the issues that confronted the two North American republics as they struggled to define themselves during their early national periods.

About the Collection

UT Arlington Library's Special Collections serves as the repository for one of the most comprehensive archives relating to the U.S. - Mexico War in either the United States or Mexico. The core of these holdings was acquired by Fort Worth attorney Jenkins Garrett, who in 1973 donated to UT Arlington his collection of more than 10,000 discrete items on Texas and the war with Mexico, including broadsides, sheet music, manuscripts, maps and graphic materials. In 1995, Garrett and Special Collections librarian Kit Goodwin compiled a bibliography of the collection entitled The Mexican-American War of 1846-1848: A Bibliography of the Holdings of the Libraries. Garrett continued to add to the collection until his death in 2010. The UT Arlington Library is also committed to expanding these holdings. See About the Collection for more information.

This archive was compiled by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and is composed of materials held in the University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Center's Director, Prof. Sam W. Haynes.

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