National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Bexar Archives, 1717–1836

(Microfilm Edition)

University of Texas at Austin

Additional information at

The Bexar Archives are the Spanish and Mexican records of Texas, assembled in San Antonio during its history as the capital of Texas. The Bexar Archives are the single most important source for the history of Hispanic Texas up to 1836. The Archives, housed at the University of Texas at Austin, constitute more than eighty linear feet of materials, in a quarter million pages. The documents are rich in sources about the administrative, legal, military, religious, economic, and social life of Texas and surrounding areas from the founding of the presidio of San Antonio de Béxar in 1718 to the independence of Texas from Mexico in 1836.

The Briscoe Center for American History is publishing the Bexar Archives Online at

NHPRC supported microfilming in segments:

  1. 1717–1803, 31 reels and 31-page guide at

  2. 1804–1821, 38 reels and 51-page guide at

  3. 1822–1836, 103 reels and 83-page guide at

  4. Archives Translations, 26 reels with guide at

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A stamp used for official correspondence from Coahuila y Tejas.


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