The Benson Latin American Collection

Third Order of Saint Francis Collection from San Luis Potosí, 1627-1812



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Third Order Regular of Saint Francis
Title: Third Order of Saint Francis Collection from San Luis Potosí
Dates: 1627-1812
Abstract: Historical manuscripts related to the Third Order of Saint Francis of San Luis Potosí (La Venerable Orden Tercera de San Luis Potosí). The documents span several centuries and provide insight into the organization and operation of the Third Order of Saint Francis and individuals' motivations to join the Order.
Accession No.: 2017-15
Extent: 0.6 linear feet
Language: Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Third Order of Saint Francis in San Luis Potosí or La Venerable Orden Tercera Franciscana de San Luis Potosí dates back to the 17th Century as an order of laymen and laywomen that have taken vows as lay members of the Church. The Franciscans were one of the Catholic orders to establish themselves in present-day Mexico.

Religious orders were common and wide-spread throughout the area known as "La Gran Chichimeca," which is composed of present-day Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Nayarit, Guanajuato, and Zacatecas. The Franciscans continued to gain momentum throughout the 17th Century, which was marked by the construction of the templo de la Tercera Orden during 1686-1694. After a restoration in 1960, the same temple continues to be used by the Third Order of San Luis Potosí.

Works Referenced:

Galván Arellano, Alejandro.El desarrollo urbano en la ciudad de San Luis Potosí : estudios de arquitectura del siglo XVII 1. ed. México, D.F. : Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia ; [San Luis Potosí] : Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, 2006.


Scope and Contents Note

The documents are from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th Centuries with the bulk being from 1750-1800. The documents are arranged chronologically and grouped primarily by years written.

The majority of the documents are personal letters written by members of the San Luis Potosí and other communities requesting to join the Third Order of Saint Francis. These provide insight into the personal reasons and circumstances for each individual's interest in joining the Order. These documents are grouped by year.

Other documents are individually foldered and include personal correspondence from Church members to members of the community, membership lists of the Order, and information related to property, logistical information, and financial information of the Order.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Third Order Regular of Saint Francis.
Subjects
San Luis Potosí (Mexico)--Church history.
San Luis Potosí (Mexico)--History--17th century.
San Luis Potosí (Mexico)--History--18th century.
Spiritual life--Catholic Church.
Places
San Luis Potosí (Mexico).

Related Material

Obispado de San Luis Potosí Records

Family Papers of José Mariano Sánchez y Mora, Third Conde de Peñasco, 1699-1888

Andrade-Moctezuma Fernández de Lima y Jáuregui-Barragán Family Papers, 1759-1854


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Third Order of Saint Francis Collection from San Luis Potosí, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, October 2015

Processing Information

Collection processed by Dylan Joy, March 2017.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.


Box and Folder Inventory

Manuscripts

Box Folder
1 1 Request to join order, 1661
2 Land distribution related to Franciscan convent in San Luis Potosí, 1679
3 Letter for Fray Juan de Miguel, 1683
4 Donation lists to the order, 1738-1750
5 Letter from José Antonio Beltrán - money owed to Antonio de Tapia, 1746
6 Letter from José Borques, secretary of the Order, 1748
7 Letters asking to join the Order, 1752
8 Letters asking to join the Order, 1753
9 Letters asking to join the Order, 1754
10 Letters asking to join the Order, 1755
11 Letter from Francisco de Mora regarding donation by Rosalía Rosa Martínez, 1759
12 Letters asking to join the Order, 1771
13 Letters asking to join the Order, 1774
14 Inventory of the books at the Order, 1775
15 Letter from Pedro Fernández Pastor to Ramón de Neyra y Montenegro, 1777
16 Letters asking to join the Order, 1777
17 Letters asking to join the Order, 1778
18 Letters asking to join the Order, 1779
19 Letter from the Order on planning of Immaculate Conception celebration, 1779
20 Letter asking to join the Order, 1783-1785
21 Letters asking to join the Order, 1787-1927
22 Letters asking to join the Order and membership inquiries, 1793
23 Letter from Viceroy of New Spain about the founding of a mission - Juan Vicente de Gümes Pacheco y Horcasitas, 2nd Conde of Revilla Gigedo, 1794
24 Membership list, letters to join the Order, and acceptance letters to the Order, 1795-1796
25 Letters asking to join the Order, 1797
26 Letters asking to join the Order and acceptance letters to the Order, 1799
27 Letters asking to join the Order, undated, [1780-1790]
28 Letters regarding members' conduct, property, and Pope Benedict XIII, undated, [1740-1790]
29 Letters asking to join the Order, 1800-1802
30 Letters asking to join the Order and acceptance letters to the Order, 1803
31 Letters asking to join the Order, 1804
32 Letters asking to join the Order and acceptance letters to the Order [1 of 2], 1805
33 Letters asking to join the Order and acceptance letters to the Order [2 of 2], 1805
34 Letters asking to join the Order, 1806
Box Folder
2 1 Letters asking to join Order, 1807
2 Request for information on blood purity, 1807
3 Letters asking to join Order, 1808
4 Write-ups from the monthly meetings of the Order, 1807-1809
5 Letters asking to join Order, 1809-1811
6 Various letters including from Fr. Pablo de Moya and related to financials/holdings of the Order, 1627-1812