The Spanish Colonial Research Center (SCRC) was established by the National Park Service in 1986 as a partnership with the University of New Mexico. The SCRC facilitates the research requirements of Spanish colonial and American Latino Heritage Sites of the National Park Service as well as other pertinent local, state, and regional entities. The SCRC also cooperates with research organizations in Spain, Portugal, Mexico and other Latin American countries to further the study of colonial Luso-Hispano and contemporary American Latino history as a part of our national story. To that end, the Spanish Colonial Research Center publication program includes the Colonial Latin American Historical Review (CLAHR), a peer-reviewed scholarly with world-wide distribution.
The SCRC Documentary Collection numbers over 350,000 pages of microfilmed colonial documents and over 6,000 maps, architectural plans, and sketches from Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, French, Italian, and English archives as well as U.S. depositories. This invaluable collection provides essential sources of information for those interested in Spanish colonial and contemporary American Latino history in North America. The SCRC is hopeful that the user of this collection will find the documents to be significant sources of information for research, interpretation, and cultural resources management. Genealogists, educators and students will also find that the documents in this collection provide an enlightening view of our national story.