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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Biographical Information, N.d.

Correspondence, 1886-1928

Financial Documents, 1887-1920

Reports and Official Documents, 1890-1920

Companies, 1888-1928

Photographs, 1911, N.d.

Collected Material, 1586-1918

Various, 1895-1917

Oversize Materials, 1905-1926

The Benson Latin American Collection

Iñigo Noriega Laso Papers, 1586-1928 (bulk 1890-1920)



Descriptive Summary

Creator Noriega Laso, Iñigo, 1853-1923
Title Iñigo Noriega Laso Papers
Dates: 1586-1928 (bulk 1890-1920)
Abstract The collection is comprised of the personal papers of Mexican landowner and businessmen Iñigo Noriega Laso. Materials include correspondence, financial documents, reports, photographs, and maps.
Accession No. 2004-25
OCLC Record No. 299774322
Extent 6 linear feet, plus 2 oversize boxes
Language Spanish and English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Spain in 1853, Iñigo Noriega Laso immigrated to Mexico in 1867. Through a series of partnerships over the next thirty years he developed one of the most impressive business and industrial networks in Mexico, with an estimated value of forty million pesos in 1910. His interests included the vast agricultural enterprises of Xico in Mexico State and Colombres/Río Bravo and La Sauteña in Tamaulipas; factories producing turpentine and resin (Río Bravo), textiles (Compañía Industrial La Guadalupe); tobacco (La Mexicana); mining (Compañía Minera Tlalchichilpa); railroads (Ferrocarril Río Frío and Hidalgo); and land development projects such as the draining of the Lago de Chalco. His La Sauteña projects included irrigation, rail, and port development and colonization.

Noriega’s business network in Mexico began when he formed a partnership with his brother, Remigio, in 1881. Through this partnership, Remigio Noriega y Hermano, the Noriega brothers created various companies and acquired extensive property in northern Mexico before the partnership dissolved in 1898. Among these companies were the Compañía Minera y Beneficiadora de Metales de Tlalchichilpa y Anexas, Compañía Agrícola La Sauteña in 1888, and Negociación Agrícola de Xico y Anexas in 1897. La Compañía Agrícola La Sauteña, which comprised the municipality of Matamoros, a large portion of Reynosa, and part of San Fernando and Mendez, split into two entities in 1912: Compañía Agrícola La Sauteña and Compañía Agrícola de Colombres. The split allowed Noriega to complete various irrigation projects. Compañía Agrícola de Colombres was later renamed Compañía Agrícola de Rio Bravo.

Due to his close ties with Porfirio Díaz, Noriega fled Mexico in 1913 during the Mexican Revolution. The Zapatistas took possession of the mine operated by the Compañía Minera Tlalchichilpa where Emiliano Zapata had once worked, as well as Xico, Río Frío, and the Hacienda de Zoquiapam, exploiting the properties and appropriating the revenues and assets for themselves. The Carranzistas also forcibly occupied parts of La Sauteña, Río Bravo, and the textile mill of the Compañía Industrial La Guadalupe. Noriega’s family and associates continued to manage his other businesses while Noriega spent considerable energy seeking to recuperate his confiscated properties after the Revolution ended.

Noriega died December 4, 1920 in Mexico. [The Library of Congress authority file lists Noriega’s date of death as 1923.]

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection is comprised of the personal papers of Mexican landowner and businessmen Iñigo Noriega Laso. Materials date from 1586-1928, with the bulk of materials dating from 1890-1920. The collection measures 6 linear feet and is arranged into nine series: Biographical Information, Correspondence, Financial Documents, Reports and Official Documents, Companies, Photographs, Collected Materials, Various, and Oversize Materials.

The first series,   Biographical Information, consists of memoranda containing personal and business information about Noriega.

Series two,   Correspondence, includes letters between Noriega and family members, friends, and business correspondents, as well as collected correspondence between others. This series also contains letters between Noriega and various business managers at companies Noriega owned or in which he was a significant shareholder. Letters addressed to or from a specific company are located with the documents of that company in series five. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or the entity which he or she represents.

  Financial Documents, the third series, contains account information, receipts, stock certificates, contracts, and other materials personally related to Noriega. Financial documents relating to Noriega’s companies are located in series five.

The fourth series,   Reports and Official Documents, is comprised of inventories and various other reports relating to Noriega. Reports and official documents of Noriega’s companies can be found in series five.

Series five,   Companies, includes correspondence, financial documents, reports and official documents, printed material, and photographs from companies Noriega owned or was a shareholder in. The items in this series are arranged alphabetically by company name. This series also contains documents related to multiple companies, mostly records related to damages inflicted during the Mexican Revolution by the Carranzistas and the Zapatistas. Reports and printed material related to the activities of the companies are also included.

  Photographs comprise the sixth series. These include photographs of persons, railroads, canals, and buildings, among various other photographs. Several of the photographs are housed with oversize materials in series nine.

The   Collected Materials in series seven include reports, official documents, and printed material created by others. The records are arranged alphabetically by last name of the creator or the person to whom they relate.

The eighth series consists of   Various Materials, such as maps, notes, and printed material not specifically related to Noriega or one of his companies.

Finally, the ninth series houses   Oversize Materials. It consists of items that were separated from their original series because of size. These materials include photographs, censuses, and maps.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

The Iñigo Noriega Laso Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Subjects (Persons)
Noriega Laso, Iñigo, 1853-1923--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Compañía Agrícola de Colombres, S.A.
Compañía Agrícola La Sauteña, S.A.
Compañía Agrícola y Colonizadora Mexicana, S.A.
Negociación Agrícola de Xico y Anexas, S.A.
Subjects
Businessmen--Mexico--Sources
Agriculture--Mexico--Tamaulipas (State)
Agriculture--Mexico--Mexico (State)
Irrigation--Mexico--Río Bravo (Tamaulipas)--History--20th century
Tamaulipas (Mexico : State)--Colonization
Correspondents
Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915
Armendaiz, José
Dehesa, Teodoro A., 1848-1936
Acosta, Celso

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Iñigo Noriega Laso Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

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Box and Folder Inventory

 

Biographical Information, N.d.

box folder
1 1 Biographical Information, N.d.

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Correspondence, 1886-1928

box folder
1 2 Acosta, Celso, 1914-1916
3 Alarcón, Manuel, 1894-1895
4 American Consular Service, 1914-1915
Armendaiz, José
5 September-October 1913
6 November-December 1913
7 January-February 1914
8 March-May 1914
9 June-September 1914
10 October-December 1914
11 1915
box folder
2 1 1916-July 1917
2 August 1917-March 1918
3 August 1918-1919
4 [with others], 1911-1918
5 Armendaiz Brothers, 1917
6 Azátegui, Francisco de, 1912
7 Besserer, Isabel Kienast Viuda de, 1906-1907
8 Brai de Szecseny, José, 1915-1916
9 Brocheton, L., 1914-1915
Dehesa, Teodoro
10 1913-April 1915
11 May 1915-1918
12 Díaz, Porfirio, 1895-1907
13 Díaz Dosal, Emilio, 1917
14 España, Embajada de, 1914-1915
15 Fernandez, Manuel [with others], 1916-1917
16 Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico, 1911
17 Fuentes, Frumencio, 1905-1907
box
3 García, Iñigo,
1 1910-1918
2 [with others], 1910-1927
3 García Borbolla, Iñigo, 1916-1918
García, Manuel,
4 1908-August 1914
5 September-October 1914
6 1915-1918
7 Gomez de Enterria (?), Asunción, 1912-1913
8 Gonzales Lazo, Angel, 1914-1917
Gonzalez, Luis [with others],
9 1916
10 1917
11 1918
12 Guzmán, Ricardo R., 1908
13 Ibañez, Luis, 1912-1914
14 Luna Lara, Pascual, 1908
15 Macmanus, Tomás, 1910-1919
16 Martino, Felix, 1910-1918
17 Migoya, Perfecto, 1914
18 Mijares, Mariano, 1892-1912
box
4 Moler, William,
1 1913-March 1914
2 April 1914-1917
3 Mora, Casto de la, 1914
4 Moreno, Antonio, 1914-1916
5 Noriega, Benito, 1918
6 Noriega, Florencio, 1914-1915
7 Noriega, Ignacio, 1914-1918
8 Noriega, Manuel, 1916-1917
9 Noriega, Nicolás, 1908-1918
10 Noriega, Pio [with others], 1908-1921
11 Noriega Colombres, Alfredo, 1918
12 Noriega Hermanos, 1916
Oetling Gebruder,
13 1906-1914
14 1915-1920
15 [with testators of Noriega's will], 1921-1928
16 Parker, William, 1918
17 Pierce Fordyce Oil Association, 1918
18 Pimentel y Fagoaga, Fernando, 1907-1918
box folder
5 1 Planiol, Ramon, 1911-1917
2 Rarig, W. C., 1918
3 Reyes, Rodolfo, 1914-1916
Rivera, Enrique,
4 1914-June 1915
5 July 1915-1916
6 Rivera, Leopoldo, 1914-1917
7 Rodrigo, Juan, 1918
8 Romano, Ramon, 1910-1917
9 Seaboard Coal Company [with others], 1915
10 Southern Rock Island Plow Company, 1918
11 Tamariz, Eduardo, 1916-1917
12 Torres, Luis, 1916-1917
13 Valle, S. T. del, 1918
14 Valley Plumbing and Supply Company, 1918
15 Vázquez, Rafael, 1918-1919
16 Vázquez Gómez, Francisco, 1914-1917
17 W. Loaiza and Company, 1915-1917
Various,
18 A-E, 1905-1914
19 F-N, 1888-1920
20 O-R, 1890-1919
21 S-Z, 1906-1920
box
6 First name only,
1 Cristina, 1917-1918
2 Indalecio, 1915-1916
3 Luis, 1914
4 Luz, 1917-1918
5 Paquita, 1917
6 Vicente, 1918
7 Various, 1917-1918
Sender unknown
to Noriega,
8 Letters, 1905-1919
9 Telegrams, 1913-1918
10 to others, 1908-1919
11 to/from others, 1886-1918
12 Incomplete, 1887-1914, N.d.
Letterpress Books,
13 Copiador Particular de Don Iñigo Noriego, del 15 de Julio de 1912 al 9 de Enero de 1913
14 1919-1920

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Financial Documents, 1887-1920

box
7 Accounts
1 A. Richaud and Company, 1907
2 Oetling Gebruder, 1907-1919
3 Cashbox reports, 1915-1920
4 Various, 1906-1920
Receipts
5 Pierce Fordyce Oil Association, 1918
6 Promissory notes to Noriega, 1895-1915
7 Various, 1887-1918
Stock Certificates
8 Compañía Editorial Catolica, 1903
9 Compañía Metalúrgica de Atotonilco el Chico, 1898
10 La Fraternidad, 1896-1897
11 Contracts, 1905-1920
12 Various, 1908-1920

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Reports and Official Documents, 1890-1920

box folder
7 13 Las Caídas de Agua del Alto Aragón (España), 1911-1916
14 Ville de Barcelone [in French], 1916
15 Various, 1890-1920
16 Inventories, 1904-1920
17 Incomplete, 1910-1914, N.d.

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Companies, 1888-1928

box
8 Compañía Agrícola de Colombres, S.A.
Correspondence
1 1911
2 1919
3 1920
4 Financial documents, 1911-1918
Reports and official documents
5 1906-1908
6 1910
7 1911, N.d.
Compañía Agrícola del Río Bravo, S.A.
8 Correspondence, 1913-1920
9 Financial documents, 1912-1919
Reports and official documents
10 1912-1916
11 1917
12 1923-1925, N.d.
13 Inventories, 1912
Compañía Agrícola La Sauteña, S.A.
Correspondence
14 1907-1911
15 1912-1927, N.d.
Financial documents
16 Account of General Romulo Cuellar, 1906-1917
box folder
9 1 Contracts, 1888, N.d.
2 Various, 1908-1928
Reports and official documents
3 Administrative documents, 1910-1926, N.d.
4 Description of property, 1912-1929, N.d.
5 Reports about property, 1909-1915, N.d.
6 Reports on canal and irrigation projects, 1910-1911, N.d.
Other reports
7 1897-1909
8 1910
9 1911-1913
10 1914-1928, N.d.
11 Incomplete, N.d.
12 Printed material, 1907-1910
box
10 Compañía Agrícola y Colonizadora Mexicana, S.A.
Correspondence
1 1912-1914
2 1915-1925
3 Financial documents, 1913-1922
Reports and official documents
4 1912
5 1918-1919
6 1920-1921
7 1922-1923, N.d.
8 Printed material, 1919
9 Notes, 1918, N.d.
10 Ferrocarril de Río Frío, 1912-1914, N.d.
11 Hacienda de Río Frío, 1909-1914, N.d.
12 Hacienda de Zoquiapam, 1907-1914, N.d.
13 Photographs, N.d.
14 Compañía Industrial La Guadalupe, S.A. 1913-1925
15 Compañía Minera y Beneficiadora de Metales de Tlalchichilpa y Anexas, S.A. 1904-1919
box
11 Negociación Agrícola de Xico y Anexas, S.A.
1 Correspondence, 1912-1925
2 Financial documents, 1910-1915, N.d.
3 Reports and official documents, 1909-1927, N.d.
4 Photograph, 1896
5 Rancho de La Llorona Nueva, N.d.
6 Remigio Noriega y Hermano, 1886-1907
7 Various, 1900-1914
8 Multiple companies, 1914-1919, N.d.
Related material
Reports, 1904-1914
9 Resin and turpentine, 1905-1914, N.d.
10 Water rights, 1911-1913
11 Various, 1904-1914, N.d.
12 Unions, 1894-1919
13 Printed material, 1910-1925, N.d.

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Photographs, 1911, N.d.

See also   Oversize Materials in box 13.
box folder
12 1 Mill, 1911
2 Unidentified persons, N.d.
3 Automobiles, N.d.

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Collected Material, 1586-1918

box folder
12 4 Cárdenas, Miguel, 1905
5 Delfin Vázquez, Albino, 1904-1914
6 Díaz, Porfirio, 1900-1919
7 López de Cardenas, Alonso, 1586
8 Mijares, Mariano, 1888-1912, N.d.
9 Velazco, Maria, 1908
10 Mexico's Indebtedness, N.d.
11 Various, 1885-1918

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Various, 1895-1917

box folder
12 12 Various documents, 1904-1914, N.d.
13 Plats and maps, 1895-1917, N.d.
14 Printed material, 1905-1915, N.d.
15 Notes, 1902-1916, N.d.

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Oversize Materials, 1905-1926

box
13 Photographs, N.d.
1 Property of Los Señores Remigio Noriega y Hermanos, 1 of 3, [removed from 11.6], 1892
2 Property of Los Señores Remigio Noriega y Hermanos, 2 of 3, [removed from 11.6], 1892
3 Property of Los Señores Remigio Noriega y Hermanos, 3 of 3, [removed from 11.6], 1892
4 Chalco, 1 of 2, 1897
5 Chalco, 2 of 2, 1897
6 Chalco, 1898
7 Railroad, 1 of 2, N.d.
8 Railroad, 2 of 2, N.d.
9 Canal, N.d.
10 Unidentified persons, N.d.
11 Unidentified buildings, N.d.
box folder
14 1 Censuses [removed from 11.11], 1922-1924
2 Map, Delfin Vázquez, Albino [removed from 12.5], 1905
3 Indice [removed from 12.11], 1918
box
DR 46 Maps, 1913-1926, N.d.
1 Riegos del Alto Aragon [removed from 7.13], 1913
Plat, Negociación Agrícola de Colombres [removed from 8.7], N.d.
Plano del Sauto [removed from 12.7], 1926
Blueprint, automobile [removed from 12.11], N.d.

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