WorldCat Identities

Simmons, Marc

Works: 143 works in 346 publications in 1 language and 19,048 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Guidebooks  Diaries  Pictorial works  Anecdotes  Art  Illustrated works  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Other, Contributor, Illustrator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Marc Simmons
Most widely held works by Marc Simmons
Massacre on the Lordsburg road : a tragedy of the Apache wars by Marc Simmons( )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 2,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simmons recounts the raids leading up to the massacre and Gen. George Crook's subsequent Sierra Madre campaign. This was the first use of the "Hot Pursuit Treaty" signed between the United States and Mexico in 1882, allowing troops of either country to follow hostile Indians across the border. The reason why a reputably wise and able man like Judge McComas would lead his family into such grave danger, the pursuit of the Apaches into Mexico by General Crook, and the ironic circumstances of Charley McComas's death during an attack by Crook's troops on the Apache camp illustrate that past events were as complex and sometimes as confusing as those today
Witchcraft in the Southwest : Spanish and Indian supernaturalism on the Rio Grande by Marc Simmons( )

21 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening with a succinct review of the meaning and evolution of witchcraft in Europe and Spain, Simmons establishes the existence of many similar beliefs among native inhabitants of the New World. Moving chronologically to Spanish colonization, the author vividly conveys Spanish reactions to Pueblo life and religion, the fears of witches and other supernatural forces that plagued Spanish colonists. Emphasizing the beliefs and nature of witchcraft rather than the actual mechanics (which are secret), he follows Hispanic communities into the late 19th century. Readers learn how witchcraft fits into the Pueblo world view and how it compares and contrasts with European and Spanish varieties in such areas as motivation, types, powers, beliefs and means of acquisition
New Mexico : a Bicentennial history by Marc Simmons( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history and development of New Mexico and discusses the state and its people today
Coronado's land : essays on daily life in colonial New Mexico by Marc Simmons( )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1998 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last conquistador : Juan de Oñate and the settling of the far Southwest by Marc Simmons( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juan de Oñate (1552-1626) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico to Cristóbal and Doña Catalina de Salazar y de la Cadena de Oñate. Both of his parents were originally from Spain. Cristóbal was of Basque ancestry and Doña was from southern Spain. The de Önates were a wealthy and powerful family in Zacatecas and Juan used the family's prominence to his advantage. In 1598 Juan led a large expedition of settlers into the upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. He became the first governor of New Mexico, an administration that was filled with successes and failures and ultimately brought disgrace to Juan. In his final years he traveled to Spain and was able to retrieve some of the prestige he had known. He died in Spain while acting as mining inspector for all of Spain
The Mexican War correspondence of Richard Smith Elliott by Richard Smith Elliott( )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When General Stephen Watts Kearny's Army of the West marched into Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 18, 1846, Richard Smith Elliott, a young Missouri volunteer, was included in its ranks. In addition to Lieutenant Elliott's duties in the Laclede Rangers, he served as a regular correspondent to the St. Louis Reveille. An entertaining and educated observer, Elliott provided readers back home with an account of the grueling march over the famous Santa Fe Trail, the triumphant entry of the army into Santa Fe, the U.S. occupation of New Mexico, and the volunteers' eventual return to St. Louis."--BOOK JACKET. "Noted southwestern scholars Mark L. Gardner and Marc Simmons present here, for the first time, all of Elliott's letters published in the Reveille under his nom-de-plume, John Brown, using passages from his autobiography for the same period to fill in a break resulting from a few missing letters. Also included are Elliott's literary sketches, drawn from his Mexican War experiences and the people he met and served with. The editors' introduction and comprehensive notes provide insight into Elliott's political, social, and literary milieu and into the historical background of the people and places he portrayed."--BOOK JACKET. "Elliott's correspondence invokes the hopes and fears of the men, the drudgery and hardship of the long march to Santa Fe, and the comraderie of the troops. Including details of the resistance to U.S. occupation, the bloody Taos Revolt, and the military campaign that crushed the insurgents, Richard Smith Elliott's writings provide a fascinating firsthand account of the American Southwest during perhaps its most tumultuous period."--BOOK JACKET
Treasure trails of the Southwest by Marc Simmons( )

3 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The old trail to Santa Fe : collected essays by Marc Simmons( )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The trail experience begat a fierce passion for prairie travel," wrote Josiah Gregg after journeying overland on the Santa Fe Trail in the 1840s. That same appeal is evoked anew in the pieces by Marc Simmons collected in this volume. Drawing upon his own many trips along the Trail, Simmons re-creates trail life as experienced by the original travelers. He begins with an overview of the Trail's history to conjure up images of the journey west in rumbling wagons. He further kindles our imagination with twenty vignettes of people, places, and events. Still visible today, especially in northeast New Mexico, are ruts cut by wagon wheels carrying America's pioneers to the Southwest. These tracks remain as sentinels, forever guarding the past and the memory of those who journeyed over the Trail; for Simmons they are a link to the adventure, discovery, and tragedy faced by everyone making the six-week trip to Santa Fe. His recreation of life in a wagon train, the trip, and the travelers brings all these vividly and memorably to life
Spanish government in New Mexico by Marc Simmons( Book )

19 editions published between 1965 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Juan Domínguez de Mendoza : soldier and frontiersman of the Spanish Southwest, 1627-1693( )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, the final volume in the Coronado Historical Series, recognizes the career of Juan Domínguez de Mendoza, a soldier-colonist who was as instrumental as any governor or friar in shaping Hispano-Indian society in New Mexico
Following the Santa Fe trail : a guide for modern travelers by Marc Simmons( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historic pioneer trails serve as some of the most fascinating links to our nation's past. Although the era of the Santa Fe Trail ceased, its glory-days are still part of the collective imagination of America. Complete with directions, maps, anecdotes, and historical information Following the Santa Fe Trail can take the traveler on an authentic historic journey. Modern paved highways now parallel much of the old wagon route and with this guide a modern adventurer can retrace large sections of the trail. Since Following the Santa Fe Trail by Marc Simmons first appeared in 1984, the trail was designated a National Historic Trail under the National Park Service and public interest has mushroomed. This completely revised third edition now updates all directions and clarifies the changes that have taken place in the last 15 years -- Back cover
The Little Lion of the Southwest : a life of Manuel Antonio Chaves by Marc Simmons( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Manuel Antonio Chaves' life straddled three eras of New Mexican history: he was born (1818) at the tag end of the Spanish colonial period, he grew to manhood in the rough and heady days of the Santa Fe trade during the quarter century of Mexican rule (1821-1846), and he spent his mature years under the territorial regime established by the United States. Manuel Chaves' long career (died 1889) was interwoven with almost every major historical event which occurred during his adult life -- the Texan-Santa Fe Expedition, the Mexican War, the Civil War, skirmishes with Utes, Navajos, and Apaches. He was called El Leoncito, The Little Lion, having earned the name as an Indian fighter. He lived for two years in St. Louis and was a well-travelled man, doing business in New Orleans, New York, and Cuba. A hundred years ago when men still gathered around campfires and storytelling was a well-developed art, Chaves' exploits were known to all New Mexicans. But history has a capricious memory and his name became virtually forgotten. Around the turn of the century, Charles F. Lummis' flowery pen recalled brief attention to Chaves' life, and in 1927 he appeared as a minor character in Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop -- but otherwise was virtually forgotten. Alas. Too few of our Spanish frontiersmen have been studied in depth. Manuel Chaves and his life should not be lost. He was one of the legendary but real men who pioneered and built the 19th century Southwest. Howard R. Lamar laments: "The Spanish-American population of New Mexico still lacks a historian." Marc Simmons' biography of Manuel Chaves helps fill that gap
Along the Santa Fe Trail by Joan Myers( Book )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Santa Fe Trail was one of the most important overland trade routes in the nineteenth century. For nearly sixty years, from 1822 to 1880, it carried traders, army troops, and pioneers from the Missouri until it was superseded by the railroad. This book presents two personal, contemporary views of the trail, both of which pay tribute to the trail's role in westward expansion and document what remains today after a century of disuse. Joan Myers's haunting, evocative photographs depict both the landmarks and the vast empty space of the trail. She captures the sense of what these places must have felt like to voyages facing 900 miles of treacherous desert, mountains, and prairie. As he retraces the trail, Marc Simmons remembers trials and courage of those who cut this path. He relates modern sites to the people and events connected with them a century ago. The result is an engaging history and a personal exploration of a romantic legend: the Santa Fe Trail. This book is unique in combining two contemporary visions of the trail with historical references drawn from diaries, journals, and newspaper accounts. Not just another history of the trail, it juxtaposes nineteenth- and twentieth-century experiences, giving history a personal dimension -- Back cover
On the Santa Fe Trail( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kit Carson & his three wives : a family history by Marc Simmons( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this family centered biography, independent scholar Simmons describes the lives of the three women who were married to frontiersman Kit Carson. They include Arapaho woman Waa-Nibe, who died three years after their marriage; Cheyenne woman Making Out Road, who divorced Carson after 14 months; and Josefa Jaramillo, the fourteen year old daughter of a prominent Taos family and mother of Carson's seven children
Santiago : saint of two worlds by Joan Myers( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exhibition catalogue is devoted to the history and contemporary presence of St. James, or Santiago as he is called in Spanish, whose exploits continue to be celebrated in Spain and the United States. Joan Myers has photographed the route in Spain, showing us both the landscape through which the route passes and the details of architecture and sculptures along the way. She also includes photographs showing Santiago as he is depicted in the New World in sculpture, painting, crafts, and ritual. Marc Simmons examines Santiago's manifestations in the New World, and Donna Pierce writes about the art historical significance of Santiago in Spain.--Adapted from jacket flap
Albuquerque : a narrative history by Marc Simmons( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here at last is a book that thoroughly chronicles the city's distinctive mix of landscape, climate, architecture, cultural tradition, and history. Through an engaging text and striking illustrations, Simmons presents the major events and personalities in Albuquerque's past. Albuquerque traces the history of the city from ancient times to the present. The account begins with an overview of the geology and geography of the Middle Rio Grande Valley and then describes the successive waves of settlement by Indians, Spaniards, and post-1846 immigrants. Since its founding in 1706, the city has faced conflict, turmoil, and natural disasters that have challenged but not impeded its steady civic progress. In a compelling blend of the dramatic and the ordinary, Simmons brings to life the characters and incidents that have shaped Albuquerque, capturing for the modern reader what its people have thought, felt, and done throughout the generations. Albuquerque is the product of three centuries of continuous settlement, yet it is one of the West's new boom towns, owing to an eightfold increase in population since 1945 and its location in the mineral-rich Southwest. Thus this book has significance as more than a model of study of a city's growth. By placing Albuquerque in historical and cultural context, it gives residents a valuable perspective on their heritage that will help shape their response to contemporary and future challenges -- Book jacket
People of the sun : some out-of-fashion Southwesterners by Buddy Mays( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southwestern colonial ironwork : the Spanish blacksmithing tradition from Texas to California by Marc Simmons( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Murder on the Santa Fe Trail : an international incident, 1843 by Marc Simmons( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Full-length account of the 1843 murder of wealthy merchant Don Antonio Jose Chavez by outlaws on the Santa Fe Trail, a murder which threatened to disrupt the profitable overland trade between the 3 countries of Mexico, Texas, and the United States
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.19 (from 0.03 for Massacre o ... to 1.00 for J. Richard ...)

Massacre on the Lordsburg road : a tragedy of the Apache wars
Witchcraft in the Southwest : Spanish and Indian supernaturalism on the Rio GrandeCoronado's land : essays on daily life in colonial New MexicoThe Mexican War correspondence of Richard Smith ElliottTreasure trails of the SouthwestThe old trail to Santa Fe : collected essaysFollowing the Santa Fe trail : a guide for modern travelersThe Little Lion of the Southwest : a life of Manuel Antonio ChavesOn the Santa Fe Trail
Alternative Names
Simmons, Marc Steven.

English (134)