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Latin America Documents collection, 1420-1981 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Rudo Kemper and Dykisha Potter

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Collection Overview

Title: Latin America Documents collection, 1420-1981Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0460

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Formats/Genres: Drawings, Facsimiles, Indians of South America - Pictorial works, Letters, Manuscripts

Languages: Latin, Italian, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection brings together a variety of historical documents that are topically related to Latin America, including manuscripts, correspondence, and illustrations. The documents range from 1420 to 1981 in date, and originate from Mexico, New Granada, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and other parts of Latin America.

Subject/Index Terms

Balseiro, José Agustín, 1900-1991
Bolívar, Simón, 1783-1830
Cabrera, Jerónimo Luis de, 16th cent.
Camín, Alfonso, 1890-1982
Cela, Camilo José, 1916-2002
Colombia - History - War of Independence, 1810-1822
Ecuador - History - Wars of Independence, 1809-1830
Latin America - History - Wars of Independence, 1806-1830
Mexico - History - Spanish colony, 1540-1810
Mexico - Politics and government - 1540-1810
New Granada - Politics and government
Panama - History - To 1903
Peru (Viceroyalty) - Politics and government
Peru - History - 1548-1820
Santander, Francisco de Paula, 1792-1840

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Latin America Documents Collection Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Related Materials:

See also the Caribbean Documents Collection (ASM0570), the Historical Documents Collection (ASM0566), the Jamaica Manuscripts Collection (ASM0320), and the Florida Documents Collection (ASM0567).

The Costumbrismos illustrations were featured in an exhibit: Treasures of the Americas.

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Preferred Citation: Latin America Documents Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Other Note:

Descriptive abbreviations used in container list:

ALS (Autograph Letter Signed): A letter in the hand of and signed by the author.

D (Document): Any paper of legal or unofficial nature such as an indenture, deed, certificate, receipt, etc. Include here printed documents of the type described above with manuscript additions. Also include documents signed by a clerk or other person in the name of the author.

ADS (Autograph Document Signed): A document written and signed by the author.

MSS (Manuscript Signed):

Nonlegal or unofficial papers such as speeches, biographical sketches, sermons, reminiscences, writings, and such other items of a generally narrative nature, in the hand of the author.

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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 10 Costumbrismos illustrations, ca. 1848Add to your cart.
Costumbrismos are literary and artistic depictions of the peoples in South America during the nineteenth century. Costumbrismas, such as Peruvian Pancho Fierro and French diplomat Léonce Angrand, illustrated costumes and culture of various ethnic stereotypes in pencil and watercolor that were used in travellers’ books and albums.
Item 1: "Procesiones"Add to your cart.
Item 2: "India Vendendo Patate"Add to your cart.
Item 3: [untitled]Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Maschevata"Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Indio Vendendo Store por le Camore"Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Bolovia"Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Indio Macellejo"Add to your cart.
Item 8: "India della Campagna"Add to your cart.
Item 9: "Indio di Sambisa, vendendo Canne"Add to your cart.
Item 10: [untitled]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Peru A.D.S.: The Trial of Blas de Torres Altamirano, 1420, c1635Add to your cart.

A 21-page document, written c1635, describing the Trial of Blas de Torres Altamirano, Magistrate of the Supreme Court of Lima (Peru) who had been accused of contravention of the Royal Decree keeping office holders in America from marrying themselves, their songs or daughters during the time they held their offices. This document is signed by Francisco Garcia Carillo Alderete, Attorney of the Criminal Court of Lima, which had been entrusted with this matter by Viceroy Luis Jerónimo de Cabrera, Count of Chinchon, who held this office in Peru from 1629-1639. This document bears no date but must have been written during this ten year period. It was during the time Count Chinchon was viceroy of Peru that quinine was first used by Europeans. It was first called Chinchona to honor the wife of Count Chinchon.

This document is bound by means of 2 calf strings into a parchment document containing a Censo in favor of Alfonso Alvarez de Toledo for several houses in the Alcaizeria de Cuenca, which he gave to Elviro Gonzalez ("Censo" being an annual rent). This document was written in 1420.

Old legal vellum documents as this one were often used in later centuries for binding purposes such as spine reinforcement-strips, inlay-papers or simply as wrappers as in the present case.

Folder 3: New Granada M.S.: Santander, Francisco de Paula - Libro de Las Ordenes..., 1819Add to your cart.
Bound facsimiles of the original manuscripts of Libro de Las Ordenes Generales del Exercito de Operaciones en La Nueva Granada de quien es Comandante en Jefe el General de Brigada, by Francisco de Paula Santander, President of New Granada, 1792-1840.
Folder 4: Mexico D.: Junta Superior de Real Hazienda de Mexico, 1788Add to your cart.

3 page document, Junta Superior of the Royal Treasury.

This document outlines jurisdiction of local intendentes (governors) as opposed to higher offices.

Folder 5: Mexico M.S.S.: Relacion de una Causa Pulsta que Hoy Diego del Castillo..., Legajo 42 N.S., 1692Add to your cart.
8 page document.
Folder 6: Mexico M.S.S.: Declaration by Alfonsina de La Paz, widow of Pedro de Guzman, Master Blacksmith, 1651Add to your cart.
19 page document.
Folder 7: M.S.S.: Petition of a Committee from San Luis Potosi to Administrator of Royal Taxes, 1741Add to your cart.
8 pages of document, incomplete.
Folder 8: M.S.S.: Last Will of Gonzalo de Ovalle, 1469Add to your cart.
On vellum parchment, in Latin.
Folder 9: Cela, Camilo Jose, A.D.S., "Volando Sobre la Mao", October 18, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Camin, Alfonso, A.L.S. to Jose A. Balseiro, June 23, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bolívar, Simón, A.D.S. photocopy, document written in French dealing with bolivar and the Franco Society in ParisAdd to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.

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