Mexican Microfilming Project

Trinity's Mexican mircofilming project was a part of a much larger program called the Texas Consortium for Microfilming Mexican Archival Resources. The main goal of this project was to make the archives in Mexico more accessible to the greater project, and to do so by having several Texan schools utilize their own archival resources to microfilm various materials across the states in Mexico. Below, you can see a more detailed description of the project, in both Spanish and English. The first text was written by Trinity University's Librarian Robert Houze and translated by Carlos Garrocho Sandoval, and the second was written by Special Collections Librarian Katherine Pettit. 

Microfilm is essentially shrunken down photographs which allow you to keep a lot of information in a small space, and they are typically organized as a long strip of images in a roll.

Trinity's focus in the project came to fruition via a partnership with Instituto Tecnologico of Monterrey, as well as assistance from the University of Houston to focus on archives from Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.

In the end, Trinity managed to mircofilm thousands of rolls of information. Microfilm provided the advantage of allowing the various Mexican archives to keep their materials while increasing the accesibility of those resources. 

Article about the microfilming project published in the Archivos de Historia Potosina journal in 1970. Originally appeared in the Texas Library Journal in fall of 1969.

Finding Aid description of the Mexican Microfilming Project by Katherine Pettit, Special Collections Librarian from 1979-1989.