Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Nancy P. Hickerson:

A Collection of Historic Documents, 1572-1996 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hickerson, Nancy P.
Title: Nancy P. Hickerson Collection of Historic Documents,
Dates: 1572-1996 and undated
Abstract: The Nancy P. Hickerson Collection contains photocopies of historic documents from the Archivo General de Indias, as well as samples of her publications.
Collection # S 1727.1
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Nancy P. Hickerson retired from teaching after serving many years as Professor of Anthropology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where she taught courses in Anthropological Linguistics and Ethnology. In her later career Dr. Hickerson focused her research on native populations in Texas and the American southwest during the Spanish colonial period, especially the Jumanos. In addition to her many journal articles on linguistics, teaching, and ethnology, Nancy Hickerson is known for her books The Jumanos: Hunters and Traders of the South Plains and Linguistic Anthropology, a widely-used linguistics textbook.

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection is comprised of photocopies of historic documents from the Archivo General de Indias (A.G.I.) in Seville, Spain. The documents, written in 16th and 17th century Spanish, include reports, letters, etc. from the audencias de Guadalajara and Mexico, and address conditions and relations with native populations, especially in present-day Texas. In the inventory, each document is identified according to the accompanying A.G.I. designators. No attempt was made to translate or further identify the contents of the documents, although at least some reference the Presidio Bahia Espiritu Santo and some mention the Jumanos (Humanos). The collection also includes a photocopy of Dr. Hickerson’s article: “The Servicios of Vicente de Zaldívar: New Light on the Jumano War of 1601” (Ethnohistory, 43:1) and associated research material.


The Sharps Rifle Company Records are organized by the following series:


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Hickerson, Nancy Parrott.
Subjects (Organizations)
Archivo General de Indias.
Subjects (Places)
Guadalajara (Mexico)
Jumano Indians.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nancy P. Hickerson Historic Document Collection, 1572-1996 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2006

Processing Information

Processed by: Karen Hicks, 2006


Nancy P. Hickerson. An Acoustic Analysis of Shawnee speech. Dissertation. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1957.

Nancy P. Hickerson. “Ethnogenesis in the South Plains: Jumano to Kiowa?”, History, Power, and Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Americas, 1492-1992. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1996. pp. 70-89.

Nancy P. Hickerson. The Institution of Slavery in Societies of North-Western North America. Thesis. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1950.

Nancy P. Hickerson. The Jumanos: Hunters and Traders of the South Plains. The University of Texas Press, 1994.

Nancy Parrott Hickerson. Linguistic Anthropology. Wadsworth Publishing, 2000.

Nancy P. Hickerson. "The Servicios of Vicente de Zaldívar: New Light on the Jumano War of 1601," Ethnohistory. 43 (1): 127–144, Winter 1996.

Nancy P. Hickerson. “The Visits of the 'Lady in Blue': An Episode in the History of the South Plains, 1629," Journal of Anthropological Research. 46: 67-90, 1990.

Collection Inventory

Literary Production

box folder
1 1 The Servicios of Vicente de Zaldívar: New Light on the Jumano War of 1601, Nancy P. Hickerson, Ethnohistory 43:1, P. 1267-144. (includes Research Material: Guadalajara 252:103), 1996 and undated

Research Material- Guadalajara 6

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1 2 Document R.8, N.65, 1584
3 Document 4.25, N.145.a – Memoria de los Clerigos, 1601
4 Guadalajara 28 – Document R.2, N.9 – Carta de R_______, 1591

Research Material - Guadalajara 55

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1 5 Relacion de las Cosas Eclesiasticals Obispado de la Nueva Galicia, undated
6 El Obispo de Nueva Galicia, 1572
7 Guadalajara 64 – Carta/Nueva Galicia, 1599

Research Material - Guadalajara 116

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1 8 Carta de Diego de Vargas, 1705
9 Cert. de Nuevo Mexico, 1705-1707
10 Carta de Fray Juan Albares, 1706
11 Guadalajara 134 – Document; f. 389-394, 1685
12 Guadalajara 138 – Cartas, Nicolas Lopes, 1686

Research Material - Guadalajara 143

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1 13 Cartas de Parral, f. 5-8, 1650
14 Document 1655-I, f. 37-42, 1655
15 Guadalajara 145 – Copra, Carta de D. Francisco Gorraaez y Veaumont, 1672

Research Material - Mexico 616

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1 16 Document 125, 1684
17 Document 129, 1685
18 Document 20, 1686
19 Document 26, Julio 26, 1686
20 Document 25, 25’, Julio 1686-Aug. 1686, 1686
21 Document 29, 19 de Ag. De 1686, 1686
22 Document 62, 10 Feb. de 1689, 1689
23 Mexico 617 – Document 13z – Testimonio, f. 45-48, 1691

Research Material - Mexico 1933A

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1 24 Testimonio, 1763
25 Document 25a, f. 12-19 – Testimonio – San Antonio de Vexar, 1763
26 Document 26a, Testimonio, 1763
27 Mexico 1933B – document 13a, f. 1-20 – Testimonio (Miciones de la nacion Apache), 1763
28 Estado 43, N. 1 – Situacion de Quivira y Teguayo Provincias Cercanos de Nuevo Mexico, 1630
29 “Sello Segundo, Seis Reales” (no A.G.I. designators), 1647-1648