Pablo Macedo Collection of Mexican Notorial, Mining and Colonial Documents, 1600 - 1908 (MSS 0035)

Extent: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archives box)

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The collection contains 17th century Mexican colonial documents relating to land tenure in the Itzmiquilpa region of Mexico; inspection reports from Mexican mines dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries; two papal documents, dated ca. 1806 and 1811; a handwritten supplement to a manual of Mexican agriculture, dated 1869; and an autograph letter signed by Pablo Macedo in 1908. The materials are written in Spanish. They relate largely to Mexican legal matters and mining interests, although other subjects are represented.

Pablo Macedo was born in Mexico City on February 1, 1851. His father may have been Mariano Macedo (d. 1869), a minister in the government of General Mariano Arista. A disciple of Gabino Barreda (1818-1881), Pablo Macedo became a lawyer and served as a professor of political economy at the Escuela de Leyes (School of Law). He was the author of "La evolucion mercantil," "Communicaciones y obras publicas," and "Tres monografias que dan idea de una parte de la evolucion economica de Mexico" (Mexico: J. Bollesca, 1905). He died in Spain on December 25, 1918.

The collection contains 17th century Mexican colonial documents relating to land tenure in the Itzmiquilpa region of Mexico; inspection reports from Mexican mines dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries; two papal documents, dated ca. 1806 and 1811; a handwritten supplement to a manual of Mexican agriculture, dated 1869; and an autograph letter signed by Pablo Macedo in 1908. The materials are written in Spanish. They relate largely to Mexican legal matters and mining interests, although other subjects are represented.

The first item in the colllection is a letter from Pablo Macedo, dated January 29, 1908, which discusses some of the materials in the collection. According to Macedo, some of the papers concern the Hacienda of Nuestra Senora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), otherwise known as "Los Reyes" (the Kings), the estate of Macedo's father. According to this letter, the estate was taken from the elder Macedo by Governor Joaquin Martinez in 1867 "by evil means." It is likely that the Macedo family collected these documents in an effort to prove Mariano Macedo's title to the property.

9 documents from this collection have item-level catalog records and can be found by searching the call number "MSS 35" in Roger.

Container List

LETTER FROM PABLO MACEDO

Box: 1 Folder: 1
Letter from Pablo Macedo, 1908 January 29

Includes translation

MINING DOCUMENTS

Scope and Content of Series

MINING DOCUMENTS dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which contain reports about the exploitation of mines in several regions of Mexico. This type of document normally includes accounts of expenses and records earnings from the sale of minerals. Folder 5 contains a title document to a mine called "Peregrina," dated 1788.

Box: 1 Folder: 2
Inspection Reports, 1795 - 1802

Silver Mines of Capula

Box: 1 Folder: 3
Inspection Reports, 1789

San Antonio del Dotor

Box: 1 Folder: 4
Inspection Reports, 1802 - 1803

Real de Capula

Box: 1 Folder: 5
Property title to the Peregrina mine near San Antonio del Dotor, 1788

1 item ([6] leaves) ; 30 cm.

NOTARIAL DOCUMENTS

Scope and Content of Series

NOTARIAL DOCUMENTS date from the 17th century and are bound into a leather portfolio. They are the product of "Escribanos," or Spanish public notaries, who produced a large quantity of such documents in the Spanish colonies. The documents in the collection relate to property titles of lands in the region of Itzmiquilpa, in the countryside near Mexico City, and can be divided into three categories. The first category, called "escribanias de merced" or "mercedes," are related to feudal customs in the occupation of land in the Spanish Empire. The "merced" was a kind of feudal title bestowed on a colonial aristocrat by the viceroy. The beneficiary of a merced acquired economical and judicial rights over a specific territory. The second category of NOTORIAL DOCUMENTS are "cartas de venta," and refer to the sale of the feudal rights acquired with the property of a merced. According to Pablo Macedo's 1908 letter, this collection includes notarial documents signed by three of Mexico's viceroys: the marqués de Salinas, Don Luis de Velasco, dated 1609; the marqués de Guadalcázar, Don Diego Fernandez de Córdova, dated 1614; and the conde de Monterrey, Don Gaspar de Zúñega y Acevedo, dated 1601.

Box: 1 Folder: 6
Notarial Documents, 1600 - 1699

MISCELLANY

Scope and Content of Series

MISCELLANY includes an account book from the town of Purisima Concepcion de Landa, dated 1798; two papal bulls to the Spanish-American kingdoms, dated 1711 and 1806; and a kind of handwritten appendix to a practical agricultural manual, written around 1869, which provides many details on 19th century Mexican agronomy. Also included in the MISCELLANY are legal documents relating to the state of Queretaro (1861).

Box: 1 Folder: 7
Mexican colonial affidavits, 1773 - 1779

Includes the cataloged items, below.

Affidavit of Juan Landero de Paso in the case of Juan Antonio Velasquez vs. Juana Lorenza de Arellano. Cadereyta Jiménez, Mexico, 1778-1779
Affidavits in the case of Juan Antonio Velasquez vs. Juana Lorenza de Arellano. Cadereyta Jiménez, Mexico, 1773
Box: 1 Folder: 8
Municipal Account Book for the Town of Purisima Concepcion de Landa, 1789

1 item ([6] leaves) ; 30 cm.

Box: 1 Folder: 9
Papal documents, ca. 1806-1811

Includes the cataloged items, below.

Martínez de Bustos, Patricio. Bula de vivos para los reynos de indias, MDCCCVI y MDCCCVII. Mexico, 1806
Lanez Bahamondes, Francisco. Sumario de quarta clase: bienio de MDCCCXI y MDCCCXII. Seville, Spain, 1811
Box: 1 Folder: 10
Manual practico de agricultura, horticultura y jardineria, suplemento, 1869

1 item ([51] leaves) ; 29 cm. Handwritten appendix to a practical agricultural manual, dated 1869, which provides detailed descriptions of many 19th century Mexican agricultural practices.

Box: 1 Folder: 11
Testament of Manuela Jiménez of Querétaro, Mexico, 1861

1 item ([7] leaves) ; 32 cm.