For several years the SHMC
hired a registered archivist to search the original records stored in the
"Archives of the Indies" in Seville, Spain, for correspondence between Montecristi, the
Governor of Santo Domingo and the Spanish government.Almost 900 pages of documents have been
photocopied, and organized by year, with a short summary in English.These records begin with Colon's arrival in
Hispaniola and continue through the Second Founding of Montecristi as "San
Fernando de Montecristi" in the 1750's.
The SHMC has copies of some
maps from the Archives, as well as maps of the early period obtained from other
sources.There are also modern maps
(with GPS corrections) of Montecristi Province, including marine charts and
topographic maps (military and aerial). Google Earth is also useful for showing the lagoons and estuaries, and particularly for showing the tectonic plates that are responsible for the region's frequent earthquakes.
The Research Center library contains books written or
based on early eye witness reports of the island and its inhabitants.(Las Casas, Pane, Fernando Colon, Benzoni,
Martyr, Oviedo, etc.)Additionally, there are books on the recent work done at Puerto Real (Fort Liberte, Haiti) and La Isabela, as well as many contemporary books and compendiums which are basic reading for understanding that early period, and these include excellent
bibliographies for additional study.
The Library contains an extensive collection of periodicals. These include the "Boletin del Museo del
Hombre Dominicano" (the National Museum), publications by the Archaeological Institute of America, the Institute of
Nautical Archaeology, Archaeological Conservancy, Nature Conservancy, Sierra
Club, Smithsonian, National Museum of American Indian, and Fisher Maritime Heritage Society.There
are also popular and technical magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American, Sea
Technology -- in short, a wide variety of sources that may at times have
information useful to the research goals of the Sociedad.