Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

LATIN AMERICAN MSS.--MEXICO

The Latin American mss. Mexico, 1502-1925, is an extensive collection covering much of Mexican history in depth.

The colonial period has much material about governmental administration and finances, the Catholic Church and religious orders, and the Indians and missions to the Indians in Florida, California, and Texas, as well as in Mexico. There is also a large body of decrees and royal cedulas concerning a wide variety of topics. Several manuscripts deal with the sale and condition of slaves in Mexico. Land grants, deeds, titles, and transfers for all periods of Mexican history are in the collection.

One important manuscript is the Chronica Evangelica y Seraphica de las Probincias de los Texas Reyno de la Nuevas Philipinas by the missionary Francisco Celiz, written in 1719. This is apparently an incomplete, earlier draft of a diary published by Vito Alessio Robles as "Unas paginas traspapelados de la historia de Coahuila y Texas" in Universidad de Mexico, Tomo V, no. 25/26 (nov.-dic., 1932): 48-69 and Tomo V, no. 27/28 (ene.-feb., 1933): 217-239, and then translated into English and published as Diary of the Alarcon Expedition into Texas, 1718-1719, Los Angeles, The Quivira Society, 1935 (Ellison F389 .C3).

A box of materials relating to the Discalced Franciscans of the province of San Diego de Mexico covers the period Dec. 17, 1596 to the nineteenth century. The thirty-seven items in this collection contain administrative and biographical information about the Discalced Franciscans and their mission.

Another box of materials contains correspondence and documents relating to Jose Servando Teresa de Mier Noriega y Guerra and covers the period from 1794 to 1823. There are notes and drafts of his famous sermon about the Virgin of Guadalupe, information about his trials and his invasion of Mexico with Francisco Javier Mina in 1817, and an apparently unpublished Manifiesto apologetico.

The wars of independence are covered in depth. Registers, payrolls, and correspondence of the Spanish army are in the collection, as well as extensive information by and about the insurgents. Of particular interest is a large amount of correspondence by Spanish army officers and soldiers in Oaxaca in 1815. There is much propaganda material by both sides in the conflict. One such item is the Originales que sirvieron para la impresion del "Manifiesto del Exmo. e Ilmo. Senor Obispo de Puebla, con otros documentos para el desengano de los incautos", Sept. 15, 1811-Jan. 13, 1813, by Manuel Ignacio Gonzalez del Campillo and has been published as Manifiesto del Exmo e illmo senor obispo de Puebla, con otros documentos para desengano de los incautos ... Mexico, Arizpe, 1812 (Lilly F1232 .G64). The manuscript version also has one document not published, dated Jan. 13, 1813.

There is considerable material about the national period of Mexican history until the late nineteenth century. There are several items by and about the colorful Agustin de Iturbide, including correspondence and documents concerning an attempt to restore him to the throne shortly before his death and a eulogy Los ultimos Suspiros de Yturbide ... by Carlos Beneski de Beaufort which was translated into English and published as A narrative of the last moments of the life of Don Agustin de Iturbide, ex-emperor of Mexico, New York, Printed by Tyrell and Tompkins, 1825.

Most of the material for the national period concerns the political and military events taking place. The entire period from 1821 to 1861 is covered, including the revolution of Texas in 1835-1836 and the war with the United States, 1845-1848. There is also material on the European intervention, 1861-1867, particularly from the military standpoint early in the intervention.

Virtually no information for the Diaz period is available except for some correspondence. There is one item related to the United States' occupation of Vera Cruz in 1914 and two items pertaining to the Revolution: a proclamation by Venustiano Carranza in 1913 and a dossier concerning the attempt to capture Francisco Villa in 1916.

There are several bound volumes in the collection. The Escrituras Casa En la Calle Real, Mexico was bound in the mid-eighteenth century and contains land transactions. The earliest item in this is a land grant by Hernando Cortes to Juan Ximenez in 1524.

The volume Letters patent of nobility for Juan de Vargas, Mar. 9, 1502-June 19, 1582, has a full morocco extra binding and the Vargas coat of arms on leaf 1. There are also coats of arms at leaves 17 and 19 and a drawing of San Nicolas de Bari at leaf 20 in the Filiacion y ampara de Noblessa Que Pertenesen y estan Declarado a fabor de Don Nicolas de Rosas Vargas y Valades ..., July 12, 1625-Sept. 1, 1687. The Libro Del Estado y Mayorazgo del Marquesado de Villamayor del apellido por Varonia de Cordova ... is dated Aug. 12, 1734, but contains information on the family previous to that date.

Juan de Palafox y Mendoza's Al Rey Nuestro Senor Satisfaccion Al memorial de los Religiosos de la Compania de Jhs de la Nueba Espana has been published as Al rey nvestro senor. Satisfacion al Memorial de los religiosos de la Compania del nombre de Iesvs de la Nveva-Espana ... [n.p.] Ano de M.DC.LII. (Lilly BX4705 .C3 C3). There are two eighteenth century copies of Juan Bautista Zappa's seventeenth century work El Dulce Panal De La Devocion ..., edited by the Jesuit Miguel Venegas. There is also a two volume work by Venegas on the life and virtues of Zappa with the title Templo Mystico De La Gracia ... Y Delineado En La Vida Admirable y Virtudes heroicas del Venerable Padre Juan Bautista Zappa ... This may be the same as the published work by Venegas, Vida, y virtudes del v. p. Juan Bautista Zappa ... Barcelona, P. Nadal, impresor, 1754.

The Nomina de los Religiosos de que se compone esta Provincia ... contains the ages, places of birth, and occupations of the Franciscans of the province of Santo Evangelio in Mexico. A biography of the Franciscan Antonio de Jesus Maria Linaz is contained in the Breve Relacio De Algunas Virtudes Del V. P. F. Antonio Linaz de Jesus ... by Pedro de la Concepcion Urtiaga y Salazar, written Feb. 15, 1705. The Miscelanea de Documentos Historicos y curiosos Pertenecientes al Apostolico Colegio de N. S. de Guadalupe de Zacatecas, by Diego de la Concepcion Palomar, was completed between February of 1852 and January of 1853. This contains copies of documents, severa by Antonio Margil de Jesus. There is also biographical data on Franciscans associated with the college.

Varios Papeles is dated Jan. 24, 1780-June 26, 1787, and contains first a copy of Joseph Perez Calama's Nuevo Arcano de Theolo-Chimia, O Metodo para propagar infinitamente los Stos Oleos ... There are also three essays pertaining to relations between the Catholic Church and Spanish crown.

The five volumes of Cedulas Reales, sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, concern a variety of subjects relating to Mexico. The first item in Volume I was removed and transferred to the Book Department of Lilly on May 3, 1974. This was Francisco Maria Picolo's Informe del estado de la nueva cristiandad de California ... [En Mexico, por Carrascosco, 1702] (Lilly F851.5 .P598 Mendel Vault). A separate item is a Real Provicion by Felipe V, king of Spain, on Sept. 7, 1944, and pertains to the land tenure of the Indians of Coapan.

An apparently unpublished treatise concerning finances of the Catholic Church in the Indies and relations with the Spanish crown is the Defensorio Memorial De las Santas Yglesias Cathedrales de las Indias by Lucas de las Casas Mota y Flores, written in 1738. An expediente from the Tesoreria of Zacatecas concerning ecclesiastical subsidies granted by the Holy See to the Spanish crown is entitled Expediente sobre el Subcidio Eclasiastico de America ... This has both manuscript and printed materials and dates from Mar. 8, 1721 to Feb. 21, 1794.

The collection has two of thirty manuscript volumes, later published in six volumes as: Historia general de real hacienda ... Mexico, Impr. pro V.G. Torres, 1845-53. These two volumes, by Fabi n de Fonseca, are entitled De la razon general de Real Hacienda, tomos 10 and 13. The Extracto De los principales expedientes, que se han tenido a la vista, para deducir de ellos las refleciones, o pedimento Fiscal, que sigue en cumplimiento de los puntos que incluie la Real Orden de 20 de Octubre, de 1774, written May 26, 1776, concerns the Real Hacienda of Vera Cruz.

The Ynstruccion Reservada del Reyno de N. E. Que El Exmþ. Sen Virrey Conde de Revilla Gigedo Dio A su Subsesor el Exmþ Sþr. Marques de Bransfort was written June 19, 1794 by Juan Vicente Geumez Pacheco de Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, conde de Revilla Gigedo. This was published as Instruccion reservada que el conde de Revilla Gigedo, dio a su succesor en el mando, marques de Branciforte, sobre el gobierno de este continente en el tiempo que fue su virey ... Mexico, Imprenta, a cargo del C.A. Guirol, 1831 (Lilly JL1226 1794 .A3).

Alonso de Zurita's sixteenth century Manuscrito inedito ... was copied and annotated by Carlos Maria de Bustamante in the nineteenth century. This manuscript examines the laws and customs of the Aztecs and apparently differs from Zurita's published works. The Cronica Mexicana of Fernando Alvarado Tezozomoc was first published by Edward King, viscount Kingsborough, in his Antiquities of Mexico, London, 1848 (Lilly F1219 .K55) in Vol. IX, pp. 1-196. The original manuscript was once part of the Boturini collection and the manuscript in this collection is an eighteenth century copy. Kingsborough may have used this copy for his edition. Agustin de Villarroel's Ymbacion del Enemigo en esta ciudad de la Nueva Vercruz ... is a short piece giving information on a pirate attack on that city in May 1683.

The Conspiracion de Abril is a dossier on insurgents charged with conspiracy and rebellion in April 1813. The title on the spine reads: Proceso Contra Insurgentes, 1813- 1819. Apuntaciones que en sus viages a Ultramar ha tomado el Oficial de infanteria ..., May 29, 1821-June 2, 1827, is the diary of the Spanish soldier Modesto de la Torre who was in Mexico. On pp. 415-529 are copies of letters and documents pertaining to Mexican history, on pp. 530-534 is a chronology of Mexican history, and on pp. 535-541 is a chronology of revolutions from 1808 to 1827.

The Traduccion del Discurzo de JJR sobre esta cuestion; ¨Qual es la virtud mas necessaria a los Heroes, y quales son los Heroes, que han faltado a ella? is an eighteenth century copy and translation of Jean Jacques Rousseau's Discours ... sur cette question: Quelle est la vertu la plus necessaire aux heros, et quels sont les heros, a qui cette vertu a manque?, Amsterdam, 1769. Also in this volume is a treatise, in a different hand, beginning: Capit[ul]o 1 Division de la Obra ... which is a translation, with some revision, of Niccolo Machiavelli's Il principe ... A third section of the volume is entitled Formulario de causas criminales and is of unknown authorship.

The manuscript Catalogo De La Celeccion De Manuscritos Relativos A La Historia De America by Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta is the one owned by Nicolas Leon and published as Catalogo de la coleccion de manuscritos relativos a la historia de America ... Mexico [Impr. de la secretaria de relaciones exteriores] 1927.

The correspondents in this collection are Juan Acevedo; Manuel Jacinto Acevedo; Juan Agea; Lucas Alama; Agustin de Alarcon; Manuel Alas; Francisco Alcalde; Antonio Alcalde y Barriga; Ramon Isaac Alcaraz; Lino Jose Alcorta; Jose Antonio Aldeco; Jose Aleman; Dionisio Francisco Alfaro; Gregorio Almada; Juan Nepomuceno Almonte; Diego Alvarez; Jose Francisco de Alvarez; Jose M. de Amador; Juan Valentin Amador; Francisco G. Anaya; Jose Maria Anorbe; Jose Maria Anzorena; Juan de Arande; Jose Antonio Arce; Luis Antonio Arguello; Juan Antonio de Aricochea; Mariano Arista; Ignacio de Arizpe; Jose Gabriel de Armijo; Angel Arrazola; Joaquin de Arredondo; Ponciano Arriga; Basilio Arrillaga; Jose M. Arrista; Jose Maria Audelo; Eleuterio Avila; Ignacio Ayala; Antonio Ayestaran; Juan Francisco Azcarate y Lezama; Ciro Azcoytia; Juan Baneneli; Matias Banos; Panfilo Barasorda; Manuel de la Barcena; Gabriel Barragan; Jose Luis Barragan; Miguel Barragan; Miguel Barreiro; Juan Miguel Barroso; Anslemo Batres; Jose Cleto Berdejo; Antonio Bergosa y Jordan; Jose F. Betancourt; Alonso Blanco; Miguel Blanco; Lorenzo Boturini Benaducci; Miguel de la Grua Talamanca y Branciforte, marques de Branciforte; John Davis Bradburn; Nicolas Bravo; Antonio Mari Bucareli y Ursua; David Gouverneur Burnet; Anastasio Bustamante; Juan Bustamante; Jose Antonio Cabrera; Jose Maria Calderon; Felix Maria Calleja, conde de Calderon; Juan Bautista Callejas; Santiago Camina; Servando Canales; Valentin Canalizo; Benigno Canto; Carlos II, king of Spain; Carlos IV, king of Spain; Luis Carrasco; Martin Carrera; W.C. Carson; Martin del Castillo y Cos; Pedro Catani; Juan Francisco Cavero y Echeverria; Manuel Ceballos; Pedro Ceballos; Jose Maria Cervantes; Vicente Cervantes; Jose Maria Chavez; Teodoro Chichery Fernandez de Cordova; Guillermo de Cis; Felipe Clavijo; Ignacio Comonfort; Jose Conde; Antonio Corona; Jose Maria Cos; Jose Rafael Costilla y Galicia; Jose Crespo; Antonio de Cueto Bracamonte; Porfirio Diaz; Romulo Diaz de la Vega; Manuel Diez de Bonilla; Manuel Doblado; Juan Jose Dominguez; Miguel Dominguez; Manuel Dublan; Jose Maria Duran; Jose Francisco Enriquez; Guadalupe Escobedo; Manuel Escobedo; Jayme Escude; Juan Jose Espinosa de los Monteros; Jose M. Faz y Cardona; Felipe V, king of Spain; Jose Fernandez; Tomas Fernandez; Fernando VI, king of Spain; Vicente Filisola; Rosalio Flores; Felix Flores Alatorre; Manuel Antonio Flroes Maldonaldo y Martinez de Angulo y Bodquin; Pedro Jose de Fonte y Hernandez; Juan Antonio de la Fuente; Lucas de Galvez y Montes de Oca; Jose Antonio Gamboa; Antonio Gaona; Francisco de Garay; Martin de Garay; Jose Garcia; Jose Maria Garcia; Gabriel Garcia Bringas; Francisco Garcia Conde; Diego Garcia Conde; Urbano Garcia de Malabear; Jesus Garcia Morales; Ignacio Garcia Rebollo; Pedro Garibay; Agustin Garijo; Pedro Benito Garrido; Juan Jose de la Garza; Francisco Gil y Bezares; Jose Vicente Gomez Rosete; Jose Maria Gomez Villasenor; Jose Vincente Gonzalez; Jose Maria Gonzalez de Mendoza; Pomposo Gonzalez del Campillo; Jesus Gonzalez Ortega; Jose Miguel Gonzalez Villar; Juan Jose Guerena; Vicente Guerrero; Jeronimo Gutierrez; Jose Ignacio Gutierrez; Manuel Gutierrez; Pascual M. Hernandez; Jose Joaquin de Herrera; Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla; Pedro Hinojosa; Liborio Irigoyen y Cardenas; Agustin de Iturbide; Jose de Iturrigaray y Arostegui; Francisco Jimenez de Saavedra; Benito Pablo Juarez; Karl V, emperor of Germany; Jose Maria de Lacunza; Jose Juan de Landero; Jose Ignacio de Lara; Jose Ignacio de Lavstida; Esteban Antonio Lazcano; Joaquin Leno; Jose Lenor Fernandez; Antonio Leon; Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada; Jose Domingo de Letona; Casimiro Liceaga; Antonio de Linares; Jose Linares; Francisco Javier de Lizana y Beaumont; Jose Mariano de Llaguno; Rafael Llobet; Francisco Loaeza; Manuel Maria Lombardini; Frncisco Maria Lombardo; Francisco Lopez; Gaspar Antonio Lopez; Lucas Lopez; Salvador Lopez; Juan Antonio Lopez de la Paliza; Ignacio Lopez Rayon; Jose Lopez Uraga; Jose Ignacio Lozano; Domingo Estanislao Luaces; Zeferino Macias; Felix de la Madrid; Rafael Mangino y Mendivil; Antonio Margil de Jesus; Mariana de Austria, queen consort of Felipe IV; Tomas Marin; Ildefonso Mariscal; Fernando Martin; Angel Martinez; Miguel Martinez; Agustin Martinez de Vargas; Maximilian, emperor of Mexico; Antonio de Medina; Ignacio Mejia; Luis Mejia; Facundo Melgares; Diego de Mendoza; Miguel de Michelena; Manuel Maria Mimiaga; Remigio Montanez; Ignacio Mora y Villamil, marques de Rivaschacho; Jose Moran y del Villar, marqes de Vivanco; Jose Maria Teclo Morelos y Pavon; Tomas Moreno; Frncisco Naranjo; Pedro Celestino Negrete; Canuto Neri; Andres Matias Nunez; Ramon Maria Nunez; Alonso Nunez de Haro y Peralto; Manuel Obeso; Francisco Antonio Olea; Mariano Onzuela; Juan Maria de Ortega; Juan de Ortega y Montanes; Jose Ignacio Ortiz; Ventgura Ortiz; Antonio Ortiz de Otalora; Francisco Ortiz de Zarate; Jose Maria Ortiz Monasterio; Pedro Ossorio de Cervantes; Francisco Pacheco; Carlos Palafox; Antonio Palafox y Hacha; Joaquin Palafox y Hacha; Juan de Palafox y Mendoza; Anastasio Parrodi; Francisco Miguel Pasqua; Ramon Pastor; Jose Maria Patoni y Sanchez; Jose Maria Payan; Francisco Paz; Manuel de la Pena y Pena; Alonso Luis Peon de Regil; Albino Perez; Benito Perez Brito de los Rios y Fernandez Valdelomar; Manuel Perez Suarez; Martin Perfecto de Cos; Juan de Dios Peza y Fernandez de Cordoba; Ignacio de la Pezuela; Antonio Porlier; Jose Maria Prejamo; Jose M. Prieto; F.B. Puga; Cristobal Ramirez; Francisco M. Ramirez; Jose Sirilio Ramirez; Pedro Ramirez; Miguel Ramos Arizpe; Jenaro Raygosa; Manuel Crecencio Rejon; Juan Vicente Guemez Pacheco de Padilla Horasitas y Aguayo, conde de Revilla Gigedo; Isidro Reyes; Jose Guadalupe de los Reyes; Juan Antonio Riano y Barcena; Jose Antonio Rincon; Manuel E. Rincon; Francisco Rionda; Mariano Riva Palacio; Vicente Riva Palacio; Julian Rivero; Francisco de Paula Rodriguez; Jose M. Rodriguez; Eulalia Rodriguez de la Vega; Juan Jose Rojas; Jose Mariano Rojo; Alejandro Roldan; Matias Romero; Juan Rondero; Vicente Rosas Landa; Juan Ruiz de Apodaca, conde de Vanadito; Juan Cruz Ruiz de Cabanas y Crespo; Jose Mariano Salas; Nemesio Salcedo; Jose Manuel Saldana; Juan Maria Salvatierra; Saturnino Samaniego; Genaro G. Sanchez; Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna; Sebastian Santos; Manuel Jose Schiafino y Urrutia; Nicolas de Segura; Ignacio Sepulveda; Ignacio Sierra y Rosso; Manuel Siliceo; Pablo Vicente de Sola; Manuel de la Sota Riva; Manuel Fernando Soto; Daniel Stuart; Juan Suarez y Navarro; Santiago Tapia; Patricio Tejedor; Fabian Antonio Teran; Luis Terrazas; Manuel Gumesindo Terron; Juan Bautista Topete; Jose Maria Tornel y Mendivil; Ildefonso Torre y la Quadra; Juan Bautista Traconis; Jose Urbano; Jose de Urquidi; Jose Urrea; Alejandro Vazquez del Mercado; Placido Vega; Francisco Primo de Verdad y Ramos; Rafael Jose Verger; Guadalupe Victoria; Santiago Vidaurri; Rafael Maria Villagran; Jose Ignacio Villasenor; Antonio Vizcaino; Bartolome Wolff; Ignacio Zaragoza; Felix Zavala; Cristobal J. Zenpoalteca; Carlos Zepeda; Fructuoso Zorayo; and Manuel Zouan y Pinel.

Collection size: 3,075 items

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