The Benson Latin American Collection

Borden Clarke:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Benson Latin American Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator Clarke, Borden
Title Borden Clarke Collection
Dates: 1493-1890
Dates: 1716-1813
Abstract Official records, correspondence, and other documents related primarily to Mexican 18th and early 19th century history, including its War of Independence and municipal records of Sinaloa.
OCLC Record No. 29948949
Extent 5 inches
Language Spanish or Castilian.
Repository Benson Latin American Collection,General Libraries,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Borden Clarke, a collector of rare documents and manuscripts, spent part of his life during the twentieth century at Old Authors Farm, Nassau, Bahamas.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal and official documents, literary productions, municipal records of Sinaloa, lists, printed materials, and fragments of facsimiles.

Correspondence, lists, and reports relate primarily to Mexico's War of Independence; included are letters to, from, and about José María Morelos, José María Cos, and Ignacio Rayón López. An 1812 letter from Cos contains a 14-page insurgent resolution titled “La nación americana a los europeos vezinos de este continente.”

Among the official documents is a facsimile of Morelos' 1813 decree abolishing slavery. Legal documents include accusations and proceedings of the Inquisition and proceedings in the embezzlement case against Joseph Joachín de Uribe y Castejón. Uribe's 1732 resignation from the post of administrator of the royal treasury in Puebla is contained in the official documents. Fragments of facsimiles of codices pertain to Moctezuma's descendants.

Printed materials are about slavery, Queen Isabella I, the Inquisition, and the Francisco Javier Mina expedition. A clause from Isabella's will is quoted in a papal bull. Documents pertaining to the Catholic Church include an essay discussing who had the power to administer the Church's estate, and official documents requesting priests or priest coadjutors. Municipal records of Sinaloa date from 1778-1780.

The materials are in Spanish.



The collection is organized into nine series.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Isabella I, Queen of Spain, 1451-1504.
Morelos, Jose Maria, 1765-1815
Cos, Jose Maria, ca. 1770-1819
Uribe y Castejon, Joseph Joachin de.
Mina, Francisco Javier, 1789-1817
Montezuma II, Emperor of Mexico, ca. 1480-1520
Indians of Mexico--History--Sources.
Mexico--History--To 1810--Sources.
Mexico--History--Wars of Independence, 1810-1821--Sources
Sinaloa (Mexico : State)--History--Sources.
Mexico--Church history--Sources.
Other Authors
Lopez Rayon, Ignacio, 1773-1832
Morelos, Jose Maria, 1765-1815
Cos, Jose Maria, ca. 1770-1819

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Borden Clarke Collection, 1493-1890, Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisitions Information

The Borden Clarke Collection was transferred to the Benson Latin American Collection by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

Processing Information

The collection was described by the Benson's Mexican Archives Project in February 1994.

Prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, November 1994.

Alternate Form Available

Document no. 18 is also available on microfilm.

Other Finding Aids

Card files in the Benson Latin American Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts describe the items in the collection.

Series List


1. Correspondence, 1810-1890.

Relates primarily to Mexico's War of Independence. Included are letters to, from, and about José María Morelos, José María Cos, and Ignacio Rayón López.


2. Legal documents,

1594-1814. Proceedings and lawsuits of the Inquisition (1608-1732); testimonies in the embezzlement case against Joseph Joachín de Uribe y Castejón (1732); settlement of disputes (1594-1743); depositions (1814).


3. Decrees, orders, and other official documents, 1493?-1872.


4. Literary productions, Reports essays manuscript [historical sketches, etc.] 1811-1873? and undated. (1811); (undated); (1854?-1873?).


5. Records of the Municipality of Sinaloa, Mexico, 1778-1780.


6. Lists, concerning mostly Mexico's War of Independence. 1811.


7. Financial documents, 1803.


8. Fragments of facsimiles of codices, pertaining to Moctezuma's descendants. 1522?-1730?,


9. Printed materials, 1824-1871.

Printed materials concern slavery, Queen Isabella I, the Inquisition, the Francisco Javier Mina expedition, and the Catholic Church.