Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Uriarte mss., 1729-1790, consist primarily of the correspondence of Manuel Joaquin Uriarte and his diary of missionary life in the province of Mainas. The collection is a good source for Jesuit missionary activity in Ecuador and for the life of an expelled Jesuit in Italy.

Uriarte was born in Spain in 1720, entered the Jesuits in 1738, went to Quito in 1743, and began his missionary work in Mainas in 1750, continuing until the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767. After that, he lived in Italy until his return to Spain in 1798, where he died a short time later.

The two-volume diary and the correspondence formerly belonged to Antonio Graino. They were used by Constantino Bayle when he edited and published the diary as Diario de un misionero de Mainas, Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Instituto Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, 1952 (BX3705 .U76).

The correspondence has not been published in full, but Bayle did refer to and quote from several of the letters. Most of the correspondence is from Uriarte to his brothers Jose Agustin and Juan Fernando and to his sister Maria Francisca. Some of the correspondence from Italy was unsigned but Bayle attributes it to Uriarte. Another group of letters appears to be from Jose Agustin to Maria Francisca in the year 1776.

The correspondents in the collection are Francisco Alvarez; Pedro de Calatayud; Andres Camacho; Segundo Antonio del Castillo; Joachim Hedel; Martin Xavier Iriarte; Angel Maria Manca; Marcos Matheus; Jeronimo Mendez; Tomas Pesantes y Coronel; Pedro Schoeneman; Placido de Segura; Luis Fernando de Toledo y Vivero; Manuel Joaquin Uriarte; Jose Agustin de Uriarte y Baquedano; and Andre de Zarate.

Collection size: 104 items

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