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History seminar; Brad J. Cartwright, Ph.D.

Mexican troops on the move

Mexican Troops on the Move.

Courtesy the University of Texas at Arlington Library, Special Collections.

The War between the U.S. and Mexico




Primary source materials for the history of the war between the United States and Mexico


Personal narratives:

The UTEP Library has many first-person accounts of those who were involved in the Mexican War, both from the U.S. side and the Mexican side.  A number of resources are also now online, either as e-books or as digitized archival resources.  Look for keywords like journals, letters, papers, correspondence, or diaries. The subject heading used in the library catalog is Mexican War, 1846-1848—personal narratives or Mexican War, 1846-1848—Sources. 


Government documents:

Reports and published speeches by officials about the war are available as printed items, online resources, or on microfilm.  To find contemporary accounts in the online catalog, do a keyword search and sort by date. Subject headings include Mexican War, 1846-1848—Speeches in Congress, Mexican War, 1846-1848—Sources, and United States, Army—Records and Correspondence 

Documents from the Senate and House of Representatives are available online and full-text at ProQuest Congressional Publications (U.S. Serial Set and Serial Set Maps) (ProQuest)


Newspapers and gazettes:

El Periódico Oficial de Chihuahua, Chihuahua.  Microfilm copies of the newspaper that went through several name changes.  MF472.

Periódico Oficial de Durango, Durango, Mexico.(Microfilm)  MF493.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers (Gale) Find under library databases.

Palmer’s Full Text Online (Proquest)  The Times of London. Find under library databases.

Chronicling America:  Historic American Newspapers online.


Contact information: Claudia Rivers, 747-6725; email

Abbie Weiser, 747-6839; email

Special Collections website:


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