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Franklin Madis Collection of Mexican Documents:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Madis, Franklin, 1934-.
Title: Franklin Madis Collection of Mexican Documents
Inclusive Dates: 1588-1910
Abstract: Correspondence, legal and financial documents, religious imprints, newspapers, broadsides, royal and government decrees, and state government documents. The collection is composed of unrelated Mexican manuscripts and printed materials collected by Franklin Madis. Included are items related to the Mexican-American War, 1846-1848. Most of the documents originated in Coahuila, Durango, Mexico City, Monterrey, New Spain, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, and Zacatecas. Although diverse, the materials reflect the government, politics, religion, law, and social life of Northern Mexico and South Texas.
Identification: AR339
Extent: 4 boxes (1.66 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

Franklin Madis is a Duncanville, Texas, businessman and an active collector of books and manuscripts pertaining to Mexico and Texas, stamps, Amerindian artifacts, and other collectibles. Since 1952, Mr. Madis has been collecting materials relating to extraordinarily rich and diverse collection.

Franklin Madis was born in 1934 in Madison, Wisconsin. He spent most of his youth in the state, graduating from Madison East High School in 1952. Franklin acquired an abiding interest n Mexico when he accompanied his family to Monterrey shortly after he graduated. The Madises were contemplating purchasing a ranch there and, as a result, lived in the country for a year. Though Franklin wanted to stay, the family decided not to take up ranching there and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. Despite the family’s decision, Franklin began traveling n Mexico regularly, buying antiques to sell in the United States. On one of his trips to Monterrey, he met Estela Lozano, the woman he would eventually marry in 1965.

During the 1950s and first half of the 1960s, Madis held a number of different jobs, including serving a stint in the Army, selling antiques, publishing a magazine for antique arms enthusiasts entitled Collector-Dealer, and selling seed to farmers in Wisconsin. After he married, he and his wife lived in Dallas, where he operated the Great Southwest Coin Exchange. In 1966, he started Eagle Fabric, a wholesale fabric house in Duncanville, a Dallas suburb. Madis continues to operate his fabric business today. The Madises have one daughter, who is married and lives in Arlington, Texas.

Madis began collecting Mexican documents and manuscripts in 1952 and to date has not stopped. Mrs. Madis’ background, coupled with his interest in Mexico and its history, has afforded he and his wife the opportunity to travel extensively and collect aggressively. Many of the items in the Madis Collection have come from individuals and families in Mexico and the United States, as well as from book and manuscript dealers in both countries.

Though Mr. Madis has never had a clearly articulated collecting plan, he has acquired manuscript items which reflect the government, politics, legal aspects, religious affairs, and social life of Northern Mexico and Southern Texas. Not only a collector, Mr. Madis has spent long hours studying the history of Mexico and reading (and even translating) the manuscript materials in his collection.

Scope and Contents

The collection dates from 1588-1910 and includes 170 file folders stored in four manuscript boxes. The collection is an artificial one in the sense that most of the items in it have no direct relation to the other items. The only common characteristics is that all items pertain to Mexico and all were collected by Mr. Madis. Because of these characteristics, the collection is difficult to generalize. It is comprised of a number of different types of documents, including sales titles for land and houses, wills, estate settlements, powers of attorney, legal papers, religious imprints, gubernatorial orders, royal orders and decrees, letters, laws, circulars, canceled loans, petitions, receipts, and official gazettes, Many of the items originated in New Spain, Monterrey, Durango, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, Zacatecas, Mexico City, and Coahuila. There are some materials relating to the Mexican American War, 1846-1848, in the collection.

This is one of several collections that Special Collections has received from Mr. Madis.



The collection is arranged in chronological order and divided in the following way: Box 1 includes material dating from 1588-March 14, 1789; Box 2 dates form 1793-June 20, 1823; Box 3 from January 22, 1825-May 12, 1849; and Box 4 dates from September 24, 1849-June 8, 1910.



Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Madis, Franklin, 1934--Archives.
Mexico. Laws, etc.
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Sources.
New Spain--History--Sources.
Mexico, North--History--Sources.
Mexico--Politics and government--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


The Franklin Madis Collection was acquired in December, 1986, through a gift/purchase arrangement with Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Madis of Duncanville, Texas. The Madises transferred to The University of Texas at Arlington all legal title, copyright, and literary property rights to the materials in the collection. The collection was received on December 18, 1986, by Dr. Gerald Saxon and Ms. Maritza Arrigunaga, both on the staff of the Libraries’ Special Collections Division.


Franklin Madis Collection of Mexican Documents, AR339, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Container List


Box Folder
1 1 Tlalpan. Land and house sale's title. 1588-1640
(The first documents are written in Nahuatl with original plates and glyphs. The first Viceroy of Mexico, Antonio de Mendoza, 1535-1550 is the signee of the original grants.)
2 Diego Galindo claims testamentary disposition. May 24, 1679
3 Settlement of land dispute in Llanos de Santiago, Durango. April 1, 1683
4 Branding license for livestock in Valle de Pilón. 1683-1794
5 Sale of the Hacienda San Diego de los Corrales and one third of Los Llanos de Santiago in Durango. June 19, 1691
6 Sale of Hacienda El Popo in Monterrey. January 20, 1693
7 Hacienda de los Corrales' Sales title. Villa del nombre de Dios. March 3, 1705
8 Innocent XII Bull calling for a meeting of all Minor Orders. Oct. 10, 1722
9 San Nicolás, Atongo. Jose Cantú's estate appraisal and appointment of Lucas Leal de León as his children' curator. August 12-14, 1726
10 Baños del Peñol's ownership dispute 1735-1740
11 Power of attorney to José García Guerra from Isidro de la Garza. Feb. 23, 1737
12 Sale of Santa Rosa del Salto at the Poana Valley by María Francisca García de Rojas and husband. 1743
13 St. Nicolás Cofraternities inheritance in Tacuba. 1747
14 Nuevo León's Santa Ana Mission water rights granted by the Governor Vicente Bueno de la Barbolla. 1749
15 Assault on Santiago Leal de León by Francisco Javier Chapa. 1752
16 Cadereyta 1755-56: Estate of Juan José Salazar 1755-1757 (Including 1747-1748). 1755-56
17 Cadereyta 1756: José Garcia Guerra's last will. 1756
18 Cadereyta 1758: Joseph de León's estate settlement and division, 1758. 1758
19 Monterrey 1762: Power of attorney in favor of Alonso de Leon. 1762
20 Three religious imprints. Feb 10; Dec 4, 12, 1765. 1765
21 Royal decree announcing Prince Charles' marriage to Princess Luisa de Parma. 1766
22 Joaquín Monserrat orders militia reorganization. May 3, 1766. 1766
23 Governor Ussel's prohibition orders regarding tobacco sales. 1766
24 Mota. March 24, 1767: Warrant against the Indian José Cayetano. March 24, 1767
25 José de Galvez decree regarding religious donations and indulgence fees used in war against infidels. December 3, 1767
26 Viceroy Croix transcribes a royal order regarding a dispute with the Roman Clergy. 1769
27 Juan Ignacio Espinosa de los Monteros. Appraisal and repairs estimate for dwellings at Istacala, Tacuba. October 31, 1769
28 Cadereyta: María de la Garza Falcón's request for habilitation of her children to legal age.
29 Viceroy Bucareli transcribes the royal decree which establishes the first postal laws. December 10, 1771
30 Viceroy Buccareli transcribes the royal decree of March 18, 1771 with minting regulations. January 2, 1772
31 Governor of Nuevo León, Vidal de Lorca's arrest order against Tomás Rodríguez Campomanes. November 22, 1773
32 Nuevo León's governor transmits a Viceroyal order regarding laws to protect wives and children abroad. December 15, 1773
33 Legal opinion on the custody of an illegitimate child. 1774 (uncertain)
34 Lottery ticket. February 19, 1774
35 Capadero, Cadereyta, 1774-1775: Land title given to Luis de la Garza by Antonio Ramos. 1774-1775
36 Tax collection in the Province (Guazuco, Pilón, Linares, Labradores, Cadereita, Monterrey) January 13, 1778
37 Valle de la Mota. Natives' Christian indoctrination. June 17, 1778
38 Mota, (Terán): Nuevo León. Elopment of mulato with Spanish girl. 1779
39 Hacienda Villa Vieja. Lease of land to Juan José de León by José Francisco de la Garza.(receipt-agreement). February 2, 1779
40 Viceroy Flores Maldonado relays order changing the sales of administrative posts. Jan. 11, 1789
41 Santa Higinia's grant land. March 14, 1789
Box Folder
2 42 Santa Efigenia, Cadereyta: Diego Gonzales' will and estate probate. 1793-1795
43 Pilón: Inventory of criminal and civil proceedings before Lucas antonio Cantú y Martin. 1794, 1780-1795
44 Cadereyta, April 22-July 30, 1799: José María de la Garza Falcón requests settlement of his mother-in-law testament María Antonia Martínez. April 22-July 30, 1799:
69 folios
45 Villa Vieja, Cadereyta. Sale of land and water rights by María Gertrudis de León to her brother Alonso de León. Aug. 26, 1799
46 Cadereyta. Lawsuit against Cayetano Gonzales by Juan José de la Garza. 1740-1800
47 Cadereyta, 1799: Criminal action brought for speaking with too little respect. 1799
48 Miguel Gómez de Castro's Will and Estate Probate. February. 16, 1799 - April 1, 1801
49 Litigation for debt by Pedro Manuel del Llano against José Ignacio de la Garza. Julio 7-8, 1801
50 Criminal suit against José Manuel de León for the homicide of Pedro Villareal. June 1800-June 1802
232 pp.
51 Mexico City Royal Customs' record book. 1805-1808
52 Two official letters from Venegas to the City Hall of Veracruz. Oct. 17, Dec. 19, 1811
53 Governor Mier orders all foreigners to present passports and have luggage checked. Oct. 16, 1815
54 José Luis de la Garza forwards the Governor's instruction to Vicente López for the transportation of arms from Pilón to Linares. June 13, 1817
55 Viceroy Juan Apodaca informs of the royal wedding of the Spanish King's niece, Princess María Josefa Amelia. Dec. 11, 1819
56 Ferdinand VII exhorts Mexicans to abandon the revolution. 1820?
57 Manuscript copy of Iturbide's decree of April 23, 1821, with instructions for the army. August 4, 1821
2 pp.
58 Circular from the Secretariat of State with two Imperial proclamations. . May 22, 1822
There is a manuscript note explaining the proclamations are not attached
59 Chintla, Puebla.Miguel Saldivar's Will. April 16, 1823
60 Printed letter from Felipe de la Garza to Santa-Anna informing that the Provincias Internas under his command pronounced themselves in favor of a federal Republic. June 20, 1823
Box Folder
3 61 Guadalupe Victoria's presidential decree with regulations on revenue stamped paper. January 22, 1825
62 Gaceta Extraordinaria March 10, 1825
63 Guadalupe Victoria'a literary speech on the expulsion of Spaniards from San Juan de Ulúa. Nov. 23, 1825
64 Xilochotlán, Puebla. Ignacio Mariano de la Vega's settlement of his estate debts. Dec. 3, 1826
65 Consumer protection laws. Feb. 19, 1826
66 Suit against Ignacio Zarate, administrator of the Hacienda San Antonio de la Sauceda. November, 1826
67 Administrative report 1826, by the first Governor of Nuevo León, José María Paras. Feb. 21, 1827
68 Memory presented to the Nuevo León's legislature in accordance to the article 96 of the State Constitution. Feb. 20, 1827
69 Santa Anna declared outside the law by President Victoria. Sept. 17, 1828
80 Liturgy for a mass commemorating Saint Juan Nepomuceno. May 16, 1828
71 The civil militia offers its full cooperation to the governorship. March 23, 1830
72 Reappointment of José María Otero's position from janitor to bellhop June 21, 1830
73 Testimony of possession to Rafael Vargas to a mine in Mezquite. (1826-1831) May 5, 1831
74 Bexar. Receipt for money sent to Bexar by Jesús de la Garza. May 24, 1831
75 Notice to submit applications for the State Treasurer position. May 27, 1831
76 Monthly help given to the enlisted men at Monclova fromJanuary to August of 1831. August 15, 1831
77 Nacogdoches presido. May 5, 1832
78 Circular from José Barreiro (Puebla). July 21, 1832
79 Agualeguas. Announcement of election results. January 26, 1833
80 Address by the Congress of Monterrey. March 4, 1833
81 Addition to cavalry of Leona Vicario. January 13, 1834
82 Certification of mule delivery. February 24, 1836
83 Nuevo León's Governor informs of Santa Anna's capture. June 4, 1836
84 Good character certification for Santiago Arenas. December 9, 1836
85 Reinstating Spaniards to former governmental positions. February 20, 1836
86 Monterrey. Governor Garza Gómez resigns and informs that Domingo Martínez will take over his position. March 29, 1836
87 Circular regarding tax exemptions for patents under $150.00. September 24, 1836
88 Monterrey. Order banning corn exportation until government contract is filled. January 9, 1837
89 Nuevo León. Instructions for taking census. 1837
90 Lázaro de la Garza's personal letter to his brother. November 19, 1837
91 Agualeguas. Pablo José de Chapa requests to be exempted from military due to old age. April 28, 1838
92 Valle de la Mota. Circular regarding re-election officials. August 6, 1838
93 Hacienda Vaquerias. José Antonio Oyervides reports to the military Commander of Montemorelos. November 9, 1838
94 Decree containing 74 articles on armed services. January 26, 1830
95 Manuscript file of the case for draft evasion of María Segunda's relatives and her servants. 1839-44
96 Three printed decrees relating the transfer of the governorship in San Luis Potosí. June 10, 1839
97 Marin. Chart of Primary School students. September 30, 1840
98 Publication of laws of 1771 regarding games of chance. March 4, 1840
99 Marín. Monies collected by three departments during the Fiscal year. August 31, 1840
100 Fiscal year income and expenses. August 31, 1840
101 Higueras. Chart corresponding to students of primary school class. August 31, 1840
102 Form regarding sales of Tobacco, stamped paper and playing cards. August 31, 1840
103 Marín. Monthly production and taxes. August 31, 1840
104 Marín. List of men exempted from civil militia. September 11, 1840
105 Cross of honor granted to Felipe Codallos, for action at Azcapotzalco. March 17, 1841
106 Receipt and medical prescriptions. Feb.-Aug. 1843
107 Cancelled document regarding loan from City Fund. April 30, 1843
108 Letter from the Consul General of Spain regarding freight rates. November 9, 1844
109 Accomplice to crime wanted. October 28, 1844
110 Cadereyta. Cancelled loan from a City Fund. June 6, 1845
111 Cadereyta. Cancelled loan from City Fund. March 12, 1844
(crossed out).
112 Monterrey. Instructions for free elections. August 31, 1846
113 Letter discussing experiences in Matamoros with the Americans. April 6, 1846
114 Jalapa, Veracruz. Printed letters reporting the Mexican army's triumphs. April, 1846
115 Culiacán. Appointment of Agustín Martínez as temporary Governor of Sinaloa March 1, 1846
116 Monterrey's official gazette issue #4, with the latest news on the Mexican war events. September 9, 1846
117 Jalapa, Veracruz. Mexican citizens are called upon to forget internal disputes. March 9, 1847
118 Atongo. Water rights litigation between Antonio de Arizpe and Rafael Cantú. 1847
119 Correspondence from Lucas de la Tijera to Manuel Madrid regarding their mining administration of Varal in Guanajuato. November 17, 22, 26, 1847
120 Chihuahua's State Legislature opens session. May 17, 1847
121 The French and Spaniard businessmen console the defeated heroes of Veracruz. March 28, 1847
122 Sworn statement regarding sale of suspected stolen horses. December 27, 1847
123 Linares. Statement on pawned items before the City Major Francisco Cantú. January 19, 1847
124 Linares. List of newly elected officials during the U.S. occupation. October 26, 1847
125 Cadereita, Jimenez. Convicted man's petition to have leg irons removed. March 24, 1848
126 Cordova. Letter informing of the improprieties of Sergeant Stockton and deploring Commander Bunker's lack of interest. March 24 - April 1, 1848
127 Mexico City. Letter to Carlos García regarding commercial matters and customs. November 22, 1848
128 Criminal cases' list handled by the criminal courts in December 1848 and pending cases. January 22, 1849
129 Guadalajara. Agreement settlement among the heirs of Rafael Vargas and Mercedes Ramos. May 12, 1849
Box Folder
4 130 Joaquina and Verónica Ramos ratify the co-heirs agreement on Rafael Vargas testamentary. September 24, 1849
131 Monterrey. Fernando Garcia Davila resigns his appointment as government official due to his change of residence to Linares. March 1, 1850
132 Letter from Manuel Riva Palacio while governor of the State of regarding engineers' reports. July 7, 1850
133 San Nicolás de la Garza. José María Ramones regrets the return of his calf. July 9, 1850
134 The Nuevo León's vicegovernor García transcribes State congressional decree no. 89 regarding reorganization of the Treasury. October 12, 1850
135 Marcelino Castañeda informs Bernardo de la Torres he is having the Ministry of Justice take his senatorial seat. January 15, 1851
136 Proceedings for the sale of the property Santa Barbara, back from the Hospital San Juan. February 9-26, 1853
137 Monterrey. Circular no. 5 regarding army draft in the State. July 8, 1853
138 Mapimí, Durango. Missionary Fray Bernardino Alonso warns travelers of "Indian savages" in the area. July 17, 1853
139 Monterrey. Governor Ampudia transcribes Santa Anna's decree regarding judiciary reorganization. August 15, 1853
140 Monterrey. Governor Ampudia outlines the celebration for the 1829 Battle of Tampico anniversary. September 1, 1853
141 Monterrey. Governor Ampudia transcribes Santa Anna's vagrancy law. September 7, 1853
142 Monterrey. Governor Ampudia transcribes Santa Anna's decree of reform laws for judges’ judiciary system. January 20, 1854
143 Monterrey. Governor Ampudia's circular no. 39 whereby sets up the procedures for the census and lottery draft. March 26, 1854
144 Morelia. Letter to Manuel A. Mercado in Mexico City from "trovador Cafe de Rosa" with witty literary-political content. May 23, 1855
145 Cerro Gordo, Chihuahua. Letter to José Cordero, former governor of Chihuahua, with harsh commentary on current politics. July 8, 1856
146 Monterrey. Instructions for smallpox vaccination. February 10, 1857
147 Guadalajara. Letter to José Gonzalez of Fresnillo from Francisco María Ortiz informing on business and politics. February 13, 1857
148 Ten letters to Mr. Bustamante at Hacienda del Salado regarding news on revolution,politics, troop movements. February - July 1861
149 Two letters regarding current events of the war to Pilar Bustamante from J. Durán. April-July 1861
150 Political letter urging support to elect Antonio Dávila as governor of San Luis. August 28, 1861
151 Letter to Felix Cuevas from Modesto Caballero with political commentary and current war news. August 24, 1862
152 Monterrey. G.S. Chabot informs Graham Geaves on Patrick Milmo's cotton embargo. February 5, 1864
153 Maximillian. Provisional Imperial decree regarding tax collection instructions. July 16, 1864
154 Maximillian creates a section in the Treasury Department to pay the internal debt. September 30, 1864
155 Monterrey. Transcription of Maximillian's order regarding statistics on crime, educations, roads, etc. December 22, 1864
156 Maximilian's organizational decree for property tax and census for drafting police units. December 28, 1864
157 Maximillian's decree regarding domestic tobacco tax rate. April 6, 1865
158 Maximillian's decree regarding foreign tobacco tax rate. April 6, 1865
159 Pachuca. Letter from José María Hernández to Miguel Cervantes regarding land ownership. November 30, 1865
160 Zacatecas. Jesús María Jimenez is appointed as imperial official includes his official signature. January 10, 1866
161 San Luis Potosí. Letter to Agustín Fuentes with current political news and developments by F.Cabrera. July 1, 1867
162 Mexico City. Guillermo Buchard's list prices, exchange rates and freight rates. July 1, 1869
163 Monterrey. Governor Treviño publishes Benito Juarez's election laws. June 14, 1871
164 Monterrey. Boletín Official No. 6 Telegram informing of General Donato Guerra's victory and mocking the Juaristas. March 25, 1872
165 Veracruz. Railroad proposal to Congress. March 31, 1873
166 Veracruz. Clothing Company Zaldo Hermanos y C's price listing. August 1, 1874
167 Romero M. Questionnaires to the industries to asset Mexico's financial state. August 1, 1877
168 The minister of Colonization Industry,and Commerce, Riva Palacio, provides public safety regulations. September 23, 1877
169 Monterrey. Wanted notice for escaped criminal, Ruperto Tamez. December 17, 1877
170 Monterrey. Printed questionnaire regarding yellow fever, mumps, measles, etc. Circa, 1880
171 Saltillo, Coahuila. Governor José María Garza Galán transfers temporary governorship to Dionisio García Carrillo. April 27, 1887
172 Monterrey. Genaro Garza García publishes the State Legislature election laws. October 19, 1888
173 Saltillo. Sierra Mojada’s statiscs, geographic,and historical Chart created by C. Amado Prado. May 5, 1895
Oversize (98/19 Map Room)
174 Cuernavaca, Morelos. Agustín Hurtado de Mendoza extends congressional session. June 8, 1910