Andrés de San Miguel:
An Inventory of His Manuscripts at the Benson Latin American Collection
Architect and Carmelite friar. Born Andrés de Segura de la Alcuña in 1577 in Medinasidonia, Spain; died circa 1644 in Guanajuato, Mexico. First sailed to New Spain in 1593, staying briefly in Veracruz. He was shipwrecked in the Caribbean and stranded in Florida, where he vowed to join the Carmelite religious order if rescued. He returned to Spain in 1595 but went back to New Spain in 1597, settling in Puebla. He joined the Carmelites in 1598, taking the name Andrés de San Miguel. His first construction, the Convento del Desierto in Santa Fe, was begun in 1606. He built the Convento de San Ángel, considered his master work, in 1615 and began construction of the Monasterio de Querétaro in 1618. Between 1629 and 1632, he built monasteries in Celaya, Morelia, and Salvatierra, as well as a bridge over the Lerma River. From 1632 he lived in Mexico City, working on draining the valley. He died in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, circa 1644.
His written works include Qué cosa sea la arquitectura, De los cimientos de los edificios, Descripción del templo de Salomón, Fábrica de los relojes horizontales, Algunos tratados de astronomía, Tratado de plantas y frutas de la huerta del Colegio de San Angel, Chimalistae, and Informe acerca del desagüe de México.
Manuscripts containing writings on architecture, mathematics, astronomy, theology, botany, and hydrology. A seventeenth-century manuscript (G73) contains various writings which include technical and architectural drawings of buildings and bridges, mathematical tables and illustrations, schematics of equipment such as pumps and pendulums, and other drawings. Subjects treated include applied geometry, technical drawing, mosiac design, construction of simple timepieces, the composition of the cosmos, a description of the temple of Solomon, and the draining of lakes around Mexico City. G65 is a nineteenth-century manuscript copy of leaves 124-138 from G73.
The manuscripts are in Spanish.
Andrés de San Miguel Manuscripts, Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin
The Andrés de San Miguel Manuscripts form part of the Genaro García Collection, which was purchased by the University of Texas in 1921 from the heirs of Genaro García. .
Prepared by the Mexican Archives ProjectJanuary 6, 1994.
The manuscripts were described by the Benson Latin American Collection's Mexican Archives Project in December 1994.
The manuscripts are also available on microfilm.
Other Finding Aids
The following guide is available in the Benson Latin American Collection Rare Books Reference: Castañeda, Carlos Eduardo, 1896-1958.Guide to the Latin American Manuscripts in the University of Texas Library.