Little-Known Latin American Manuscripts at the University of Texas
Copyright 1992 by Latin American Research Review
Reprinted from LARR Volume 27 Number 3
LITTLE-KNOWN LATIN AMERICAN
MANUSCRIPTS AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
Donald L. Gibbs
University of Texas at Austin
Back to Benson Collection Publications and Archival Guides
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas is internationally known as a major repository of primary source material on colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico. Specialists may also be aware of its collections of historical documents on the Río de la Plata and Central America. The best-known manuscripts were acquired before 1940 and have been described in widely distributed published guides.1
This collection of documents has grown steadily since 1940, having doubled in size in the last quarter- century. Few researchers are aware of this expansion, however, partially due to the lack of printed guides. In a few years, it may be possible to compile a more complete indexed guide to these materials. The purpose of the present list is to describe a broad selection of the more recent acquisitions and to inform interested researchers of their availability. Some of the more recently received and newly opened collections are described here publicly for the first time.
The pre-1940 collections totaled about half a million pages of manuscripts, maps, photographs, and associated materials ranging from a 1524 letter by Hernán Cortés to revolutionary broadsides of the Victoriano Huerta period. Most of this material arrived in five collections: the Joaquín García Icazbalceta Collection (50,000 pages on early colonial Mexico), the Genaro García Collection (300,000 pages on colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico), the W. B. Stephens Collection (20,000 pages on northern Mexico and the southwestern United States), the Justin Smith Collection (10,000 pages on the U.S. war with Mexico), and the Manuel Gondra Collection (20,000 pages on colonial and nineteenth-century Paraguay). The first four collections document early Mexican history in almost every aspect from exploration, Indians, missions, land holdings, mining, commerce, and education to government and church administration, foreign relations, and even a small section of plays and poetry. The material varies widely in nature and source, but perhaps the richest files for research are the sixteenth-century "Relaciones geográficas" for central and southern Mexico and Guatemala and the correspondence of nineteenth-century political leaders including Vicente Guerrero, José María Luis Mora, José Servando Teresa de Mier, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Ignacio Comonfort, Lucas Alamán, Vicente and Mariano Riva Palacio, and Valentín Gómez Farías. The Manuel Gondra Manuscript Collection (mostly typed copies of archival documents but with some originals) includes detailed reports of economic, political, and social conditions, military campaigns, Indians, Spanish settlements, missions, governmental and ecclesiastical administration, commerce, and international relations in the Río de la Plata region.
In the "newer" manuscripts described in this research note, colonial papers are also numerous, particularly church and hacienda records, but nineteenth- and twentieth-century materials predominate. While papers on international relations, politics, and the military abound, business and literary materials are growing in significance. Geographically, Mexico continues to be the primary focus of the Benson Collection, but most South and Central American countries are also represented in documentary sources.
These records include several noteworthy individual collections: correspondence of Lord Thomas Cochrane, Antonio Guzmán Blanco, Gabriela Mistral, and Pedro Henríquez Ureña; archives of the St. John d'El Rey Mining Company of Brazil and the Probert Collection on the Real del Monte Mines in Mexico; transcripts of the 1985 Argentine investigations of the desaparecidos; and drafts of major works by Julio Cortázar and José Vasconcelos.
Many of the collections fall into thematic groups that offer substantial research potential. Among the stronger groups are materials related to politics and business during the Mexican Revolution, including the William F. Buckley Papers, records of the Ferrocarril Noroeste de México, papers of Lázaro de la Garza (Pancho Villa), and numerous records of companies and private investors from the United States. Another important and expanding group comprises the files of businesses, haciendas, ingenios, gremios, and mines from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. Similarly, the literary files are growing into a significant collection.
The materials to be described here are, with few exceptions, original documents, whether manuscript or typescript. Excluded are the library's extensive collections of photographs, broadsides, archival microfilms, and Mexican American archival collections, each of which has or will have a separate guide.2
The list of papers is organized in two series: history and social sciences first, followed by a second section on literature, humanities, and the arts. Within each series, the arrangement is alphabetical, first by country and then by author or title of each collection. Papers relating to several countries are alphabetized in both series under the heading "Latin America."
- The basic guide is Carlos E. Castañeda's Guide to the Latin American Manuscripts in the University of Texas Library (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1939). Detailed indexes to some sections of these collections are found in Carlos Eduardo Castañeda and Jack Autrey Dabbs, A Calendar of the Juan E. Hernández y Dávalos Manuscript Collection, Independent Mexico in Documents: Independence, Empire, and Republic, vol. 1 (Mexico City: Editorial Jus, 1954); Pablo Max Ynsfran, Catálogo del Archivo de Don Lucas Alamán que se conserva en la Universidad de Texas, Austin, reprinted from Historia mexicana, nos. 14-15 (1954-55); Pablo Max Ynsfran, Catálogo de Los manuscritos del Archivo de Don Valentín Gómez Farias, obrantes en la Universidad de Texas, Colección Latinoamericana, Independent Mexico in Documents: Independence, Empire, and Republic, vol. 3 (Mexico City: Editorial Jus, 1968); and Jack Autrey Dabbs, The Mariano Riva Palacio Archives: A Guide, Independent Mexico in Documents: Independence Empire, and Republic, vol. 2 (Mexico City: Editorial Jus, 1967-1972). Professor Dabbs is currently compiling a guide to the Vicente Riva Palacio Papers. The La Plata material was also indexed by Carlos Eduardo Castañeda and Jack Autrey Dabbs in Calendar of the Manuel E. Gondra Manuscript Collection (Mexico City: Editorial Jus, 1952).
- See María G. Flores, Mexican American Archives at the Benson Collection: A Guide for Users, edited by Laura Gutiérrez-Witt (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, General Librories, 1981); Jane Garner, Archives and Manuscripts on Microfilm in the Nettle Lee Benson Latin American Collection: A Checklist (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, General Librories, 1980); and Gerald E. Poyo and Jane Garner, Inventory of the Records of the Cuban Consulate, Key West, Florida, 1886-1961, on Microfilm (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, General Librories, 1983). Ann Hartness is also preparing a bibliography of the large Guatemalan broadside file in the Benson Collection.
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS WITHOUT PUBLISHED GUIDES AT THE BENSON LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTION, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
HISTORY, SOCIAL SCIENCES COLLECTIONS
Adams, Richard N.
Research materials on migrants to Buenos Aires. 20 inches. Interviews, field notes, and supporting documentation on Bolivian and Argentine immigrants to Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s.
Desaparecidos. Argentina, Cámara National de Apelaciones en lo Criminal
Transcripts of 1985 testimony by more than 800 witnesses regarding "disappeared" political prisoners during the military regime from 1976 to 1983. 39 inches. Name index of witnesses.
Friedman, James Isadore, 1900-197?
"Muttersprache: Das Vaterland der Heimatlosen, Erinnerungen und Dokumentation einer Verlagers in der Emigration." 319 leaves (Misc. ms. 90). Hand-corrected draft of memoirs of German publisher associated with Editorial Cosmopólita in Buenos Aires. Essays on German-Jewish life, culture, publishing, and politics in Argentina, 1939-1946.
Marco del Pont, Ventura Miguel
Papers, 1799-1879. 191 documents. Primarily commercial activities of an important Buenos Aires merchant, 1806-1810.
Partido Demócrata Progresista, Movimiento de Afirmación Demócrata Progresista
Papers, 1930-1964. 1 inch. Typed correspondence from party officials, printed announcements, propaganda sheets, posters, and newsclippings.
Cochabamba, Bolivia. Consejo Municipal and Consejo Departamental
"Libro copiador de oficios del Consejo de Gobierno y demás autoridades políticas y civiles desde octubre 15 de 1875 haste octubre 30 de 1881." 411 leaves. Table of contents. Letters to national officials regarding taxes, road building, education, and similar matters.
Cochabamba, Bolivia. Prefectura del Departamento
"Libro de proviciones [sic], tome 3." 231 leaves. Table of contents. Official resolutions, circulars, orders, appointments, and decrees, received or sent by the prefecture, 1845-1851.
Compagnie Aramayo de Mines en Bolivie
Annual reports of directors and speeches of chairmen, 1931-1959. 60 printed documents.
O'Brien, W. D.
"Report on the Physical and Technical Features, Funds Required to Equip, and Earning Power of the Placer Gold Deposits Situated in the Tipuani River Basin, Republic of Bolivia, South America." Dec., 1930. 93 leaves. Includes 25 original photographs, 5 maps, and 7 earlier reports.
Oruro, Tesorería Real
"Libro manual de la Sta. Cruzada del cargo de Los oficiales reales de la villa de Oruro...." 68 leaves (Misc. ms. 7). Amounts received from priests for sale of religious bulls, 1698-1722.
Superior Oil Company
"Testimonio de la escritura de contrato de servicios para exploración y explotación de yacimientos petrolíferos otorgada par Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos a favor de the Superior Oil Company (California) año 1946, no. 81." Also, carbon copy of decree approving contract, signed by President Tomás Monge Gutiérrez, 1946. 34 leaves.
Amazon Wireless Telegraph and Telephone Company
"Petition to U. S. Secretary of State for aid in protecting Company's rights and concessions in Brazil." 99 pages. Carbon copy, dated 7 Dec. 1911, from law firm Ivins, Mason, Wolff and Hoguet. Details actions, services, and ownership of this company in Amazonas and Pará as well as its French competition.
Banco Real, S.A. (Sao Paulo)
Documents. 1 inch. Notarized copies of documents related to the bank's founding as the Banco de Lavoura de Minas Gerais, its history (1925-1981), balances (1970-1981), structure, and statutes.
Dulles, John W. F.
Brazil Collection. 44 inches. 430 interviews with background photographs, clippings, and correspondence regarding politics and the Communist party in Brazil, 1959-1979, covering the Aragarças Rebellion, the overthrow of Goulart, the selection of Castelo Branco, anticommunists, the Liga Democrática Radical, and labor.
St. John d'El Rey Mining Company Archive
360 feet. Typed inventory of 4 pages. Records of British mining company and its town in Minas Gerais, 1830-1960. Annual reports, board minutes, share registers, account books, administrative correspondence, mining reports, maps, plans, contracts, deeds, 1900 photographs, and employee records (wills, baptisms, marriages, deaths).
Papers. 1 inch. Newspaper clippings on the career of this Sao Paulo federal deputy (1927-1944), 1934 election book of the Partido Republicano Paulista, 5 photographs, 2 letters.
Correspondence. 143 pages. Copybook of his letters written as Vice Admiral of the Chilean Navy to Bernardo O'Higgins (1819-1822). Reports on sea war, disagreements with José de San Martín in Lima, correspondence between San Martín and Bernardo Monteagudo, and the George Guise affair.
Journal and letter book. 38 pages, 24 leaves, 120 pages. They cover his 1817 sea voyage from India to England, 1819 voyage from Liverpool to Buenos Aires and Valparaíso, stint as ship surgeon in the Chilean Navy during the War of Independence, blockade of Callao with Thomas Cochrane; service with José de San Martín's army in Peru and Bolivia, and later civilian work in Peru to 1827.
Pray, Benjamin S.
Correspondence. 167 documents. Colombian gold-mining explorations and operations (in Quibdo and Choco) and Brazilian diamond mining (Diamantina), 1884-1923. Reports from site managers and letters to investors, directors, and equipment suppliers.
Slavery in Colombia Documents
450 leaves. Edicts issued from 1821 to 1852 regarding manumission of slaves, half from the Cantón de La Plata.
Stines, Norman C.
"Placer Gold Deposits of Southwestern Colombia, South America, and Proposed Program for Securing and Proving One Area Suitable for a Dredging Unit." Typescript dated San Francisco, 12 June 1931. 135 leaves, 14 photographs, 4 maps. Describes mining claims, prices, operations, productivity, local mining history, and geology along the Tapaje, Maqui, and Sipi rivers.
"In the Name of the People"
Consists of 19 videocassettes, 14 audiocassettes, and English and Spanish transcripts. Recorded interviews made by Alex Drehsler around 1981 with residents and rebels in guerrilla-held sector. From these interviews, the documentary film of the same title was produced. Topics discussed include land, women's roles, recruitment, guerrilla organization, and daily activities in this area.
Adams, Richard N.
Guatemala Project Papers. 55 feet. Field notes and collected documentation of anthropology research projects of graduate students in the 1960s. Political, social, and economic information.
Corneau, John Baptist Toussant
"Narrative of the Life of John Baptist Toussant Corneau and of His Family ...." 1 volume of 244 pages and 1 letter (Misc. mss. 86, 88). Memoirs of his trip from France to a Santo Domingo plantation in 1799 discussing agriculture, labor, and black revolts there as well as his escape to Cuba and the United States in 1804.
Little, Ed, and John Warren Dubois Gould
Documents on Haiti, 1916. 90 pages (Misc. ms. 31). Log of trip to Haiti by Little and "General Report on Haiti" by Gould as representative of the Chartered Company of Haiti.
Cuyamel Fruit Company
Expedientes. 1 volume of 184 leaves (Misc. ms. 85). Papers relating to transfer of land concessions to company of Samuel Zemurray and Ashbel Hubbard. Measurement and rental of land in Cortez province, port rights, report on railroad construction, proposed dock in Omoa, map and official gazette clippings, 1911-1913.
Alliance of Pan American Round Tables
Archive. 18 feet. Correspondence, international meeting reports, scrapbooks, publications, minutes of board meetings, committee reports, and photographs of this organization of women interested in Latin America, from 1940 to the present.
Niemeyer, E. Victor, Jr.
Papers. 14 feet. Related to his work as director of U.S. binational cultural centers in the Philippines, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras, Monterrey (Mexico), Santiago (Chile), and as U.S. embassy or consular officer in Trinidad, Mexico City, and Monterrey, 1953-1979. Correspondence, announcements, invitations, programs, pamphlets, clippings, notes, photographs, writings, and memoranda, including material from schools, churches, and social and service clubs in those locations (especially the American School Foundation of Monterrey and Partners of the Americas).
Varner, John Grier, and Jeannette J. Varner
Collection. 18 feet. Correspondence, research notes, photographs, maps, drafts, and publications, mostly related to the Varners' published works: The Florida of the Inca; El Inca: The Life and Times of Garcilaso de la Vega; and Dogs of the Conquest.
Arrigunaga Coello, María de
Arrigunaga Collection of Yucatecan Broadsides and Manuscripts.
8 inches. 102 broadsides, pamphlets, and manuscripts. Typed list available. Covers Yucatecan and other Mexican politics, military, and church affairs, 1762-1878.
Banco Mercantil de Yucatán, Mérida
Libros borradores. 25 inches. 18 letter books, 1890-1908, of account transfers, payments, receipt records, and correspondence.
Campaña de Barradas, 1829. 13 leaves. Unsigned report of expedition to reconquer Mexico with 4,000 troops, purportedly written by a participant.
Buckley, William F.
Papers, 1913-1922. 25 feet. Clippings and correspondence related to Mexican politics, leaders, revolution, internal conditions, relations with the United States, economic and business conditions, Niagara Conference of 1914, U. S. occupation of Veracruz, and oil companies' relations with the Mexican government.
Correspondence addressed to General or President Canalizo, 18351844. 39 leaves. Includes 19 letters from Antonio López de Santa Anna, A. Bustamente, Nicolás Bravo, and others involved in government and military affairs. Located in the William J. Kelleher Collection, folder 19.
López Valdez, Pablo. "Proyecto Cholula: reporte preliminar de la cerámica arqueológica, 1967." 14, 2, 50, 68 leaves. Report on pottery recovered in Cholula, site plans, 2 volumes of colored drawings and typed descriptions of pottery.
Borden Clarke Collection. 78 documents. Covers the War of Independence, 1810-1814, including correspondence to and from José María Morelos; also colonial Catholic Church fiscal affairs. Has alphabetical and chronological index files.
Compañía de la Sauteña (Tamaulipas)
Documents, 1908. 20 leaves (Misc. ms. 28). Proposal to bring European Catholic colonists to Tamaulipas by Gustave Husson and Maurice Satre of Matamoros.
Conde de Revilla-Gigedo, Virrey
"Instrucción reservada que dexó el Sor Virrey Conde de Revilla-Gigedo a su Succesor el Sor Marqués de Branchiforte." 1794. 1 bound manuscript volume with table of contents.
Convento de la Santísima Trinidad (Pueblo)
"Minute de Los reales que tango recaudados de Las rentas del Convento . . ." 76 documents. Weekly financial reports of the convent, 29 Aug. 1752-25 Oct. 1763, incomplete.
Convento de San Gerónimo, Mexico, Monasterio de Sancta Paula de la Orden de San Gerónimo
"Libro de Profesiones y Elecciones de Prioras y Vicarías." 1 volume of 214 leaves with index (in Dorothy Schons Papers). Matriculation book from founding in 1586 to 1713. Includes signed vows of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Diego, Obispo de Guadalajara
"Memorial," 1767. 21 leaves (Misc. ms. 79). Denial of permission for a Mexico City Franciscan to raise money in Guadalajara. Bishop's ruling, response from prelates, explanation to the audiencia.
Dulles, John W. F.
Papers relate to research for Yesterday in Mexico. 60 inches. Card index. Politics and industry, 1950-1959: correspondence, photographs, telegraph messages, newsclippings, interview notes (from Plutarco Calles, Emilio Portes Gil, Alberto Pani, Ezequiel Padilla, Laurens, Marte Gómez, Pascual Ortiz Rubio, Abelardo Rodríguez, Adolfo de la Huerta, Lázaro Cárdenas, and others).
Dulles, John W. F.
Report to the Compañía Metalúrgica Peñoles on 11 mines and smelters in northern Mexico. 127 leaves. Descriptions, operations, assay reports, and production, 1946-1948.
Ferrocarril Noroeste de México
Archive. 2 feet, 2645 documents. Part of the business archives of the Mexican Northwestern Railway Company, 1910-1919, with correspondence and records related to economic effects of activities of the government and rebel forces during the revolution.
France, Ministre de la Guerre
Expédition du Mexique, 1862-1866. 3 volumes (Misc. ms. 36). Includes 94 letters, 118 reports, 7 orders, 25 pages of accounts, and 108 service records of French forces under Latrille, Comte de Lorencez.
Franciscans in Mexico
"Libro de profesiones de este Convento de Sor. Sn. José de la Villa de Tacubaya." 108 leaves in 1 volume (Misc. ms. 75). Book 5 of the register covers October 1786 to April 1849, listing age, birthplace, and parents of new friars.
Franciscans in Mexico
Provincia del Santo Evangelio. "Haec est tabula congregationis capitularis intermediae...." 11 leaves (Misc. ms. 15). Cover letter from Fray Antonio Crespo to Viceroy Iturrigaray with list of officers elected on 22 October 1803.
Garcés de Salazar y Abarca, Tomás
Documents related to the will of the deceased Lic. Garcés, abogado de la Real Audiencia. 562 pages (Misc. ms. 87). Will, inventories, and statements of this family in Puebla, 1799-1826.
Garza, Lázaro de la, Francisco (Pancho) Villa
Archive. 3 feet (some 3600 documents). Typescript guide. Papers of Villa's financial agent in Torreón, Coahuila, 1913-1928, with correspondence, bills, purchasing arrangements, currency production, lawsuits, clippings, photographs, and personal papers.
Gremio de Plateros, Batiojas y Tiradores de Oro de Mexico
Book of acts, meetings, and elections. 2 volumes (Misc. ms. 1). Minutes of meetings, financial accounts, activities of hermandades, administration of property, elections, 1728-1848.
Hacienda de San Francisco Algibe, Tepeaca
Official possession and sale of hacienda to Juan Ferrer Ugarte. 23 leaves (Misc. ms. 14). Description, inventory, evaluation, and formal transfer of property, 1793.
Hacienda de San Mateo de Tecoloapán
Account books, 1893-1895. 4 volumes. Production and sale of pulque, milk, and maize.
Hacienda del Nacimiento, Coahuila
Title papers. 1 volume with table of contents. These 27 documents, 1762-1908, detail boundaries and ownership transfers among families of Sánchez Navarro, David McKellar, George Nelson, and Tabitha Wellar.
Iglesia Católica Apostólica Mexicana
Collection of 13 items (Misc. ms. 33). Broadsides, letters, newspapers, and drafts of 2 Herbert Gambrell articles related to schismatic Catholic Church in Mexico, 1925-26.
Ingenio or Hacienda de San Miguel Almolonga, Xalapa
Records, 1572-1944. 639 leaves in 1 volume. Land records for 15721911; other records, 1907-1944.
Janos, Chihuahua (Presidio)
Archives. 8 feet. Typed two-volume calendar covers 1706 to 1828; 1829-1858 not indexed. Baptism and marriage records, presidio accounts, administrative correspondence, copies of circulars and decrees, reports, and inventories.
Ker, Graham M.
Reports. 11 leaves and 15 pages (Misc. ms. 58 c, g, k-s). Firsthand accounts of the revolt led by Félix Díaz against Francisco Madero in Mexico City, Feb. 1913, and Alberto Sámano raid of Tapachula in July 1920.
Kile, Sherman C. (Capt., U.S. Army Intelligence)
Papers, 1917-1920. 8 inches. Reports, publications, and other papers on German sympathizers, U.S. friends of Mexico, and Mexican revolutionary activities along the U.S.-Mexican border, apparently gathered for the Southern Department of U. S. Army Intelligence.
Latorre, Felipe, and Dolores
Collection on the Kickapoo Indians. 9 feet. Ethnological field notes, correspondence, publications, photographs, and microfilm, mostly on the Kickapoo in northern Mexico, 1929-1940 and 1960-1973.
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, and Mariano Degollado
Correspondence and other papers. 87 items (Misc. ms. 61). Degollado was the Mexican envoy to the Vatican. Includes 28 letters from Maximilian to Degollado regarding the political and military situation in Mexico and foreign affairs, plus envoy's invitations, appointments, notes, clippings, and engravings.
Mecham, John Lloyd
Collection on New Spain and Northern Frontier. 2 feet. Index file. Transcripts from the Archivo General de Las Indias, pamphlets, and original manuscripts related to exploration and settlement of northern Mexico, 1581- 1612.
Mexican Political Party Propaganda, 1910-1920
Collection of 263 items in 1 volume (Misc. ms. 22). Subjects include women, Yankee invasion of Veracruz, Germans in Mexico, Venustiano Carranza, Emiliano Zapata, Porfirio Díaz, Pancho Villa, Alvaro Obregón, labor, the military, election campaign announcements, corridos, and student protests. Mostly broadsides, song sheets, and newspapers.
Mexico, Cathedral of
Directory of church officials, 1562. 1 leaf, 18 by 72 inches. Names, titles, wages, and service records of 57 priests.
1 foot containing 669 documents. Alphabetical and chronological card index. Manuscript letters and documents and printed broadsides related to Mexican internal affairs, 1831-1837; political and military situation in Texas, 1835-1837, 1843; Veracruz revolt in 1832; Tabasco revolt in 1844; Pastry War; and California, 1836-37.
Collection. 5 feet, 287 ms. documents. Typescript subject and name indices; chronological card-file index. Church, army, land, and family records from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. Three-fourths relate to the Valle de México in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: property, wills, contracts, church, mining (Pachuca), Indians and blacks, and the Condado del Valle de Orizaba. Also important are nineteenth-century reports on Mariano Ariste and the organization of the Mexican Army.
Parras, Coahuila, Colegio de San Ignacio de Loyola
Archivo histórico del Colegio de San Ignacio de Loyola en Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila, 1620-1910. Photocopies. 6.5 feet. Typed list of expedientes in chronological order within each fondo: eclesiástico, civil, and eclesiástico-civil. Church accounts, registers, and edicts; civil and criminal cases; and government acts and decrees.
Account book. 498 leaves in 1 volume. Financial accounts and business correspondence of a Mexico City food distributor, 1887-1898, who acted as a middleman between haciendas and shops./DIR>
Peirce, Thomas Wentworth
Papers relating to the Candelaria Mining Company and the Corralitos Company ranch in Chihuahua, 1900- 1923. 8 inches. Correspondence and reports to board members on finances and operations of enterprise; reports of losses during the revolution and response to squatters afterward.
Collection. 30 inches. Tamaulipas history, 1820-1912. Provincial and local orders and decrees. Reports and records of Ingeniero Prieto's activities in irrigation (Tampico), Tehuantepec railroad (1886), as governor in 1889-90, and his official and private correspondence.
Probert, Alan, and Lillie M. Probert, Real del Monte Mines
Collection. 17 feet. Typed list of documents. Administrative records and correspondence of the Real del Monte Mines; financial, legal, and technical reports, 1800-1907. Eighteenth-century records of the haciendas of Regla, San Miguel, and San Juan; Bolanos mine photographs, maps, and reports. Probert articles and extensive research materials on colonial and nineteenth-century mining.
Salce Arredondo, Pablo
Collection on northern Mexico, 1594-1962. 15 feet (40,000 items). Calendar of the earliest 1,079 items, 1594-1822, manuscripts and signed documents. Manuscripts and printed documents related to local government in northern Mexico, especially Nuevo León (Linares, Hoyos, Hualahuises, and Monterrey), and the U.S. Southwest.
San Miguel de Aguayo, Marquesado de
Confirmation of hacienda titles in Parras, Nueva Vizcaya, 1578-1717. 163 leaves. Typed list of contents (Misc. ms. 3).
Sánchez Navarro Papers
6 feet. Typed calendar of 409 pages. Documents related to management of haciendas (sheep raising, commerce, mining), and personal affairs of the family in Coahuila, 1658-1895 (primarily 1760-1866). Personal and business correspondence, legal and financial records.
Simpson, Eyler N.
Typescript reports to director of the Institute of Current World Affairs, Walter S. Rogers, 10 July 1927 to 10 Dec. 1928. 251 leaves. Reports of meetings with influential academics and officials, travel and research on education (especially of Indians); also discussions of current politics, economics, agrarian and other social questions, and U.S. relations.
Tagle, Protasio P.
"Negociación de Pulque, libros de cuentas." 2 volumes. Purchase and sales records, Jan. 1897-Aug. 1899 and Jan. 1902-Dec. 1903, near Mexico City.
Taliaferro, N. L.
"Report on the Tampico Oil District, Mexico by N. L. Taliaferro, Geologist, San Francisco, California, March, 1921." 282 leaves, 35 photographs, 5 maps in 1 volume. Report to Arizona Oil Company on geology and oil exploration in Tamaulipas. Includes drilling and production histories, descriptions of regions and selected wells, and maps of concessions.
Towne, Robert S., Compañía Metalúrgica Mexicana
Business records. 71 manuscript ledgers and journals. General ledgers, consolidated balances, stock and bond payment records, shipments, and similar New York central office registers for about 15 Mexican mining and railroad companies, 1890-1968. Most records cover 1890 to 1920 for 6 companies: Compañía Metalúrgica Mexicana, Potosí and Río Verde Railway, Mexican Mineral Railway, Towne Mines, Montezuma Lead, and Mexican Lead Company.
Memorias de José Vasconcelos: Ulises criollo, La tormenta, El desastre, El preconsulado. 4 volumes. Original typed drafts with manuscript corrections, changes by author, 1933-1939.
Velásquez de León, Joaquín
"Informe y exposición de Las operaciones hechas par superior orden del Exmo. Senor Baylio Frey do. Antonio María de Bucareli Virrey de esta N.E. Dirigida del Real Tribunal del Consulado para examiner la posivilidad del Desague General de la Laguna de México y otros fines a el conduzentes." Dated 1774. 4, 42 leaves (Misc. ms. 13).
See Garza, Lázaro de la.
Letter written by J. B. to the El Paso Herald describing the assassination of Pancho Villa, Parral, 21 July 1923. 1 page, 3 photographs (Misc. ms. 67).
4 feet (477 mss., 198 printed items). Typed list of contents. Documents on haciendas, churches, Indian lands, military matters, businesses, 1547-1891, primarily late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century account books, inventories, wills, records, correspondence, decrees, and other legal papers.
White, Gordon Campbell
Diaries. 11 notebooks. They record events he witnessed as a teacher in the 1890s at Southwestern University, as a Southern Pacific Railroad employee and official in the southwestern United States and northwest Mexico (1899-1913) and in Washington, D.C. (1913-1923).
Zacualpa-Hidalgo Rubber Company (Chiapas)
Annual reports, 1915-1920 (Misc. ms. 58h-j, l). Reports, inventory, 16 photographs, Graham Melville Ker's contracts to serve as manager.
Libro de tributes, 1662-1692 (Misc. ms. 66). Typed transcription, prologue, notes, and index by Luis Cuadra Cea (Managua 1948).
Panama Canal Employees Mutual Benefit Association
Records. 31 feet. Office files, ledgers, correspondence, and administrative records, 1931-1979.
Rivas Morel, Nicasio
"Diario de Guerra," Grupo Artillería no. 3 Cnel. Hermosa. 2, 8 pages. Copy of typed campaign memoirs, 1932-1935.
"Cartes del Reyno que dió principio en julio del año de 1816. No. 5." 1 volume (276 leaves), index of addressees. Copybook of letters written by Spanish merchant in Lima between July 1816 and March 1818 to suppliers and customers in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Europe, with business, shipping and other news; also notes on receipts, deliveries, sales, orders of goods, and prices.
See also Chile, Cochrane, Thomas
See also Chile, Hanna, John
Rose, Stanley F.
Collection. 4 inches. Documents relating to mining and petroleum industries in Peru, 1968-1979.
Gandarillas, B. Victor
"General Report abouth [sic] the North-Western territory of the Department ... of Arequipa...." 80 pages. May 1916 report to Chester W. Smith, New York City, on prospects for investment in area, covering agriculture, water, population, and landownership and use in the valleys of Majes, Camaná, and Quilca.
Peruvian Presidential Campaign, 1985
6 inches. Acción Popular, APRA, and Izquierda Unida leaflets, pamphlets, plus 2 videocassettes, 1 phonodisc, 86 photographs of political figures and meetings, and 44 photographs of campaign slogans on walls and streets collected by Nancy van Deusen.
Peruvian Property Records, 1658-1865
About 350 leaves (Misc. ms. 94). Sales, census, rental, and inventory records related to houses in Lima and Arequipa and to the haciendas La Molina and Santa Barbara.
Papers. 8 feet. Correspondence, articles, draft of autobiography, and clippings. Writings about APRA in the 1930s and 1940s; early correspondence with Haya de la Torre and Rómulo Betancourt. See also the section on Literature, Humanities, Arts, Peru, Portal.
Typed signed letter to Edward L. Tinker, dated Aden, 10 Aug. 1964, and draft of article "La pugna chino- soviética vista desde Asia." 7 pages. Letter about writing and publishing of a book, his trip, and series of articles for Associated Press.
Guzmán Blanco, Antonio
Correspondence, 1888, 1895-1897. 253 leaves in 1 volume, 4 leaves (Misc. ms. 68). Index of addressees. Copies of his letters from Paris discussing his property and finances, politics, family matters, and the Essequibo boundary dispute.
Spanish United States
Compañía de Santa Fe del N. México
"Padrón de la oficialidad, tropa e Ynbalidos del año de 1811." 2 leaves, 4 pages (Misc. ms. 84). Census of 957 Spaniards in the company listing their military and marital status, wives, and children. Signed Ysidro Rey.
Gálvez, Bernardo de
Original manuscript account of the capture of Pensacola, Florida, on 12 May 1781 in two versions, with additional unpublished related material and the first edition of the published account (Havana 1781). 5 manuscripts and 1 printed document (Misc. ms. 6). The related material includes 2 contemporary manuscript accounts of the action by Juan de Mata Urbina and Ignacio Pérez.
United States and Mexico
Ross, Stanley R.
Archive. 60 feet. Papers and documents from the late 1960s to 1985 related to his writing and research as well as academic, political, and administrative work.
United States-Mexico General Claims Commission
Brief of the United States before the General Claims Commission
. . . Responsibility of States and Measure of Damages in Certain Cases of Denial of Justice.... Probably published in Washington, D.C., cu. 1926. 58 pages.
United States-Mexico General Claims Commission
Decisions, nos. 1-46, 4 Feb.-3 Dec. 1926. 252 pages. Table of contents and index. Carbon copies, signed.
LITERATURE, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS COLLECTIONS
Alvarez, José S. (Fray Mocho)
Scrapbooks. 4 volumes. Each volume has first edition of one of his books (Esmeraldas, Un viaje al pals de Los matreros, En el Mar Austral, and Misterios de Buenos Aires) with related correspondence and clippings of reviews.
Literary manuscripts. Typed drafts with manuscript corrections of Rayuela, Libro de Manuel, 62: Modelo para armar, El examen, Divertimento. Logbook for Libro de Manuel, plus drafts of 19 plays and short stories, and a collection of poetry.
Hernández, José (Walter Owen translation)
"The Gaucho Martin Fierro (2d part): The Return of Martin Fierro," adapted to English verse by Walter Owen, with translator's note and appendix. 1 volume, 292, 13 pages (Misc. ms. 60). Original typescript translation with notes and corrections for the 1935 Oxford and 1936 New York editions.
Papers. 21 inches. Drafts of his creative and critical works written between 1974 and 1985, clippings, and correspondence.
Correspondence with Guillermo de Torre and Norah Borges, 19351949. 18 letters and essays in 47 pages. Correspondence related to her publications and aid to orphans of the Spanish Civil War.
Alvarez de Velasco, Francisco
"A la eruditíssima, ingeniosíssima y sapientíssima Soror Juana Inés de la Cruz...." 69 leaves in 1 volume (Misc. ms. 38d). Poetry in honor of Sor Juana, written in Santa Fé Bogotá, 1697.
Henríquez Ureña, Pedro
Cartas de Pedro Henríquez Ureña a su hermano Max del Archivo de Emilio Rodríguez Demorizi. 351 pages (Misc. ms. 11). Typescript copies of 51 letters, 1907-1911, primarily on family and literary topics.
Collection on Ecuadorian music. 3 feet. Typed contents list. 10 volumes of transcripts of Ecuadorian folk and popular music, 1938-1948; programs and clippings on music performances in Ecuador; and Riedel's research notes, publications, drafts, and manuscript music arrangements.
Latin America General
Collection on the vanguard literary movement in Latin America. 100 inches. Country-by-country bibliographic file of original and critical works related to this movement, 1920-1945, often including copies of articles and short works referred to in citations.
Shepard, Marietta Daniels
Papers. 60 feet. Preliminary inventory available. Professional correspondence, papers, notes, memoranda, articles, audio tapes, brochures, and programs of association meetings and conferences attended. Extensive material on Books for People Fund, Proyecto LEER, SALALM, and OAS library projects in Latin America.
Urbano, Victoria. Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica
Papers. 18.5 feet. Urbano's professional correspondence, travel notes, papers, publications, recordings, and manuscripts. Records and member correspondence of the association that she founded and directed. Letras Femeninas file, 1974-1984.
Abreu Gómez, Ermilo
Letters to Dorothy Schons, 1928-1934 (Misc. ms. 38t). 31 letters and 2 photographs related to his and her research and writings.
Altamirano, Ignacio Manuel
"El Zarco." Original manuscript. 335 leaves in 1 volume.
"Introducción al estudio de la mitología griega." 84 leaves (Misc. ms. 93). Signed manuscript draft of work published posthumously in his Obras completas (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1964), 16:342-71.
Collection. 2.5 feet (Misc. ms. 38a-z4). Card file of documents. Correspondence, research notes, bibliographies, drafts, and articles related to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and eighteenth-century Mexican literature. Includes original manuscripts of work by Francisco Alvarez de Velasco y Zorilla and "Libro de profesiones . . . del Convento de San Jerónimo" as well as originals and copies of anonymous works of poetry and other literary works.
Spell, Jefferson R., and Lota M.
Collection. 52 feet. Personal and professional correspondence (with Rafael Heliodoro Valle, Gilbert Chase, Francisco Monterde, and others), research notes and drafts of their writings, and teaching material on early printing and music in Mexico, Fernández de Lizardi, and music in Texas.
Vasconcelos, Jose. See History and Social Science, Mexico, Vasconcelos.
Carlos Villalongin Dramatic Company Archives, 1848-1930 (MxAm mss. 4). In Guadalajara and northern Mexico to 1900, thereafter in the United States. 247 printed and manuscript scripts of plays, 32 photographs, and 15 playbills and notices.
Papers. 8 feet. Correspondence, literary works, essays and newspaper articles, lectures, draft of autobiography, and clippings about her. Material about the Asociación National de Escritores y Artistas, 19311984 (mostly post-1970). Her writings cover literary, cultural, and political topics, especially APRA in the 1930s and 1940s, Haya de la Torre, and Rómulo Betancourt.
Boulton, Alfredo, and Alejandro Otero
Correspondence, 1945-1960. 190 leaves (Misc. ms. 62). Photocopies of original letters regarding Otero's finances, travels, art exhibits, sales, abstract art, Los Disidentes, and government and public attitudes toward art in Venezuela.