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Southwestern Mission Research Center records, 1965-1994 MS 443

Collection Number: MS 443

Creator: Southwestern Mission Research Center
Title: Southwestern Mission Research Center records
Inclusive Dates: 1965-1994
Quantity: 3 linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains materials documenting the activities of the Southwestern Mission Research Center (SMRC) from 1965-1994. This collection is comprised of SMRC daily operational documents including; correspondence, business records, conference information, publication information, and tour information. The bulk of the material contains correspondence either to or from Rev. Charles W. Polzer, S.J. focusing on activities of the SMRC.
Identification: Collection Number: MS 443
Language: English
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Historical Note

The Southwestern Mission Research Center was created in 1965 mainly through the determination of Rev. Charles W. Polzer, S.J. It is a nonprofit organization which was originally set up for the purpose of locating for Father Kino’s grave and to conduct related research on this topic. After the discovery of Father Kino’s gravesite in 1966, the Center became dedicated to promoting, coordinating, and developing research studies pertaining to the Spanish Borderlands.

SMRC began publishing a Spanish colonial newsletter in 1967 to help bridge the gap between anthropologists and historians who were interested in the history of the southwest. In 1974 the Center started to offer tours of the Kino missions which introduced people to the history and culture of the Pimeria Alta, in the Sonora Desert of Mexico and Arizona. SMRC also sponsored the Gran Quivira Conferences from 1972-1988, and the conference of Spanish and Latin American Archivist (SPARCON) from 1984-1986. The center published numerous publications about the history of Pimeria Alta, the most popular being the Kino Guide I and II written by of Rev. Charles W. Polzer, S.J.

Scope and Content

The collection include financial records, meeting minutes, projects, SMRC tours information and other materials relating to the daily operation of SMRC. The materials focusing on specific conferences, such as Gran Quivira and SPARCON are contained in the series of the Conference, which includes the planning, invitation, correspondence, and conference schedules. The Board of director meeting minutes, miscellaneous correspondence, history of the center, and business financial records are arranged in the Organization series. The newsletter, books SMRC published and promoted, and newspapers collected by SMRC are under Publication series. Projects and proposals are included in Research series. All information related to tours is contained in Tours.


This Collection is organized into 5 series.
Series I: Conference, 1972-1988
Series II: Organization, 1965-1994
Series III: Publication, 1966-1996
Series IV: Research, 1966-1988
Series V: Tours, 1974-1991


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Controlled Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Kino, Eusebio Francisco, 1644-1711.
Polzer, Charles W.

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona State Museum
South western Mission Research Center (U.S.) .

Explorers -- Southwest, New.
Explorers – Spain.
Frontier and pioneer life – Arizona
Indians of North America -- Missions -- Southwest, New
Indians of North America -- Missions -- Southwest, New.
Spanish mission buildings -- Southwest, New.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Southwest Mission Research Center records (MS 443). Special Collections, University of Arizona, Special Collection.

Container List

Series I: Conference, 1972-1988
Series note: This series is organized by conference title and arranged alphabetically. Each conference contains business correspondence, registration list, conference schedule information, and meeting notes. The first, Gran Quivira, is arranged by conference number then by dates. The SPARCON conference is divided to correspondences, papers and conferences at specific location.
11 Conference:Gran Quivira I-V 1972-1976
12 Conference:Gran Quivira IV-X 1978-1981
13 Conference: Gran Quivira XI-XVII 1982-1988
14 Conference: Lereto conference on Baja California and symposium 1976
15 Conference: SPARCON information 1984-1985
16 Conference: SPARCON correspondence 1985-1986
17 Conference: SPARCON research paper 1986
18 Conference: SPARCON USIA 1986
Series II: Organization, 1965-1994
Series note: This series is arranged alphabetically. It contains organization related materials including Arizona Corporation Commission, Board of Director meeting minutes, correspondence, financial documents, historical documents and miscellaneous information.
19 Organization: Arizona Corporation Commission 1965-1987
110 Organization: Board of Director meeting minutes 1987-1993
111 Organization: Correspondence 1964-1975
112 Organization: Correspondence 1976
113 Organization: Correspondence 1977
114 Organization: Correspondence 1978
115 Organization: Correspondence 1979
116 Organization: Correspondence 1980
117 Organization: Correspondence 1981-1982
21 Organization: Correspondence 1983-1984
22 Organization: Correspondence 1985-1986
23 Organization: Correspondence 1987-1988
24 Organization: Correspondence 1989
25 Organization: Correspondence 1990-1994
26 Organization: Correspondences DRSW-SMRC 1981-1983
27 Organization: Financial SMRC expense 1968-1986
28 Organization: Financial SMRC income and expense 1971-1986
29 Organization: Financial Tax return 1968-1990
210 Organization: Historical document 1965-1993
211 Organization: Miscellaneous
Series III: Publication 1966-1996
Series note: This series contains the books’ information that SMRC published and promoted, SMRC newsletters related correspondences, drafts and invoices, articles published on newspapers and magazines, and the copyright issue occurred on Kino Guide book 1.
212 Publication: Gallardo Affair (Book 1 copyright issue) 1973-1975
213 Publication: Cabat book I-III 1979-1983
214 Publication: Kino Guide I-II 1972-1984
31 Publication: Jose Velasquez/Ronald L. Ives 1981-1984
32 Publication: Newspaper article 1974-1983
33 Publication: Newsletter correspondences, draft and invoice 1976-1996
34 Publication: Stepchild + Tucson – Old Pueblo + Westerner’s smokes
35 Publication: Tumacacori (plant)
Series IV: Research 1966-1988
Series note: This series contains research related proposals, projects and miscellaneous materials.
36 Research: Miscellaneous
37 Research: Projects 1986-1988
38 Research: Proposal 1966-1987
Series V: Tours 1974-1991
Series note: This series is arranged alphabetically by the tours location. SMRC has conducted annual Kino Mission tour for different groups as well as the tours to different location for different people. This series contains California Baja tour, California Mission Tour, and Kino Mission Tour.
39 Tours: California Baja tour 1977-1981
310 Tours: California Mission Tour + Miscellaneous 1975-1978
311 Tours: Kino Mission tour correspondence 1974-1978
312 Tours: Kino Mission tour correspondence 1979-1988
313 Tours: Kino Mission tour directories 1978-1987
314 Tours: Kino Mission tour financial report 1986-1991
315 Tours: Kino Mission tour promotional and newsletters 1977-1981
316 Tours: Kino Mission tour St. Benedict’s and SAH 1981-1983