The Atocha mss., 1843-1855, consist of letters to Alejandro Jose de Atocha, a Spaniard who moved to New Orleans and later became a citizen of the United States. Atocha was a businessman with an interest in Mexican politics; he was a friend of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and had at least two interviews with President James Polk on Santa Anna's behalf, although it is unclear whether Santa Anna requested this.
The correspondence in the collection deals largely with Atocha's personal and business affairs. The period covered includes the war between Mexico and the United States, 1845- 1848, and while the emphasis of the correspondence is not on the war there is political news and comment on relations of the United States and Mexico.
Correspondents in this collection are Angel Alcirnelles, Juan Nepomuceno Almonte, Santiago Blanco, Jose M. Caballero, M.A. de Galvez, P. Gomez, Eduardo Gonzalez, Juan de la Granja, Antonio Lavadia, Brantz Mayer, Francisco Morphy, Andres Avelino de Orihuela, Jose Plafai? y Lopes, Antonio Manuel Rubira, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Merced L. Santa Anna, Francisco Sequeyro, Wilson Shannon, Louis Fitzgerald Tasistro, and Ignacio de Yurban.
For more information on Atocha see James Knox Polk, The Diary of James K. Polk during his Presidency, 1845 to 1849, Chicago, A.C. McClurg & Co., 1910, (E416 .A2) and Justin H. Smith, The War with Mexico, Gloucester, Mass., Peter Smith, 1963, (E404 .S6 1963).
Collection size: 26 items