Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

LATIN AMERICAN MSS.--BOLIVIA

The Latin American mss. Bolivia, 1606-1927, are illustrative chiefly of the colonial life of Alto Peru and of Bolivia's long struggle for independence from Spain.

Colonial materials are chiefly administrative in nature. The collection includes a Libro de cavildo of the town of Oruro for the period April 28, 1656 to January 7, 1663. In 1706 Lucas Caballero wrote Notisia i brebe relasion de la nasion de los Manasicas which was published with only minor variations as Relacion de las costumbres y religion de las indias manasicas, por el Hermano Lucas Caballero ... Estudio preliminar y edicion del ms. de 1706, por Manuel Serrano y Sanz... Madrid, Libreria General de Victoriano Suarez, 1933 (University of Alabama Libraries F3320.2 .M26 C17). Pedro Ramirez del Aguila completed Noticias Politicas de Indias. Y Relacion Descriptiba de la Ciudad de la Plata Metropoli de las Provincias de los Charcas y nuebo Reyno de Toledo en las Occidentales del gran Imperio del Piru on January 1, 1639. Intended to be part of an ecclesiastical history of the Spanish American possessions by Tomas Tomayo de Vargas, that was never completed, the volume gives the history and describes the people, mines and minerals, civil and ecclesiastical government, and the condition and customs of the Indians in the city of La Plata and its region. Several printed and manuscript pieces are inserted and are commented upon in the narrative. A large oversize water color map of the Ciudad de la Plata en la provincia de los Charcas, which depicts the plan of the city, accompanies the volume.

The Independence period of 1809-1825 has extensive information about the royalist forces at that time. Over fifty miscellaneous papers are related to the Spanish army in Alto Peru from January 4, 1810 to September 5, 1820: military appointments, commendations, muster rolls, lists of deserters, and receipts and accounts of salaries and supplies. A Libro de Ordenes for the Compania de Voluntarios Reunidos of the Spanish colonial forces for the period August 16-September 11, 1820; a military account book for the years October 19, 1818-September 11, 1820; and nine Resumenes Historicos written by the Spanish general Jose Canterac in 1818 and 1819, give detailed information of finances and troop size, movement and strategy for both armies. Royalist correspondence in the collection includes that of Manuel Quimper Benitez del Pino, Spanish intendant of Huamanga, who received approximately ninety letters from General Jose Manuel de Goyeneche y Barreda and the officers Domingo Tristan y Moscoso and Antonio de Goyburu. Goyeneche y Barreda's replacement, Joaquin de la Pezuela y Sanchez Munoz de Velasco, later viceroy of Peru, is represented by eighteen letters to Antonio de Goyburu and other correspondence. Military finances are discussed by the thirty correspondents to Jose Maria Sanchez Chaves, intendant of the royal army in Alto Peru. Items concerning the role played by the Catholic Church and its clergy in these wars are also to be found. For the patriots, almost forty letters from Antonio Jose de Sucre, principally to Agustin Gamarra and William Miller, deal with the Ejercito Unido Libertador in Peru in 1825-1826.

Bolivia's national period contains several papers of the Bolivian army during the Peru-Bolivian Confederation of 1836-1839 and letters from Hilarion Grosole Daza in 1879, Jose Joaquin Perez in 1880, and Jose Gutierrez Guerra in 1927.

Other items in the collection are a diary, a legal dissertation, and maps. A diary of a trip from Suipacha to Vinas, October 11, 1809-April 22, 1810, gives a detailed record of distances and latitudes of this area. In 1808 the Disertacion legal de varios Puntos muy importantes sobre el fuero que gozan los Abogados en los excesos y delitos de su oficios para la verdadera inteligencia de la Ley was written by Pedro Vicente Canete y Dominguez, which contains a preface concerning the English invasions of Buenos Aires in 1806-1807. Among the twelve maps in this collection is one demarking the limits of the Chiriguana Indians.

The correspondents in this collection are Jose Fernando de Abascal y Souza, marques de Concordia; Mariano Aguirre; Antonio de Allende; Anonymous; Jose Hilario de Arias; Rodrigo de Azevedo; Manuel Antonio Baez; Antonio Gonzalez Balcarce; Jose Ballivian; Andres Barragan; Narciso Basagoitia; Manuel Belgrano; Alexandro de Benavente; Pedro de Benavente; Jose Joaquin Blanco; Mariano Campero; Jose Felix de Campoblanco, Gregorio Francisco de Campos; Jose Canterac; Andres de Cardenas; Carlos III, king of Spain; Jose Ramon Carmona; Jose Carratala; Juan Jose Castelli; Rafael Cautla; Pedro Antonio Cernadas y Bermudez de Castro; Manuel Choquehuanca; Diego de Chuguicallaba; Martin de Concha y Jara; Andres Cornejo; Feliciano del Corte; Benito Fernandez Dalense; Jose Maria Dalense; Roman Antonio Deheza; Pascual Diaz; Pablo Echeverria; Domingo de Eguia; Felipe Santiago Estenos; Francisco Antonio Esteves; Felipe III, king of Spain; Bartolome Fernandez Mosquera; Manuel Ferraza; Tadeo Joaquin de Garate; Cristobal Garcia; A. Geraldino; Manuel Antonio de Gomez; Jose Gonzalez de Prada; Antonio de Goyburu; Jose Manuel de Goyeneche y Barreda; Hilarion Grosole Daza; Jose Gutierrez Guerra; Gabriel Herboso y Astoraica, conde de San Miguel de Carma; Gregorio Hoyos de Miranda Garcia de Llano, marques de Valde Hoyos; Juan de Imaz; Jose Landavere; Mariano Lequerica; Geronimo Marron de Lombera; Rafael Lozano Perez; Josef de Mallavia; Francisco Marco del Pont; Maria Dominga de la Santisima Trinidad, Mother Superior; Francisco Javier Mariategui; Narciso Martinez; Domingo Francisco Mazondo; Andres Mejia; Joaquin Mendez; Pedro Jose Mendez de la Parra; Jose Mendizabal de Imaz; Jose Jorge Meneses; Jose Gabriel Moscoso y Peralta; Benito Maria de Moxo y de Francoli; Ildefonso de la Munecas; Vicente Nieto; Pedro Antonio de Olaneta; Daniel Florencio O'Leary; Matias Olvas; Mariano Osorio; Antonio Palomares; Manuel Pardo Rivadeneyra; Melchor Pelaes de la Canal; Jula de Penaranda; Jose Pereyra; Jose Joaquin Perez; Joaquin de la Pezuela y Sanchez Munoz de Velasco; Melchor Portocarrero Lasso de la Vega, conde de Monclova; Gregorio Prieto; Manuel Quimper Benitez del Pino; Manuel Ramirez; Juan Ramirez de Orozco; Anselmo del Real; Joaquin Rebuelta Velarde; Francisco Jose Recavarren; Juan Francisco de Reyes; Lazaro de Ribera y Espinosa de los Monteros; Mariano Ricafort Palacin y Abarca; Francisco del Rivero; Buenaventura de la Roca y Pruna; Simon Rodriguez; Carlos Rogantino; Roig; Pedro Antonio Rolando; Jose Rufo; Cornelio de Saavedra; Bartolome Maria Rodriguez de Salamanca; Juan Pedro de Saldias; Jose Maria Sanchez Chaves; Manuel Sanchez de Velasco; Juan Sanchez Lima; Andres Santa Cruz; Jose Santa Cruz y Villavicencio; Pablo Manuel Segovia; Sebastian de Segurola Jose de la Serna e Hinojosa; Mariano de Soto; Manuel Jose Soutino; Antonio Suarez de Ribera; Antonio Jose de Sucre; Pedro de Tagle y Bracho; Francisco de Tapia Montalvo; Manuel Jose de Tobar; Francisco Torres Diago; Pio Tristan; Domingo Tristan y Moscoso; Juan Valdes; Rufino Valle; Fermin de la Vega; Juan Jose de Vertiz y Salcedo; Anselmo Vicencio; Guillermo Zarate; and Mariano Zuniga.

Collection size: 610 items

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