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Finding Aid to the Miguel de Pedrorena Letter MS.694
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  • Title: Miguel de Pedrorena Letter
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.694
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: circa 1932
    Abstract: This is a photostat, created circa 1932, of a letter from Miguel de Pedrorena to Captain Stephen Smith written October 10, 1845.
    creator: Pedrorena, Miguel de, ca. 1808-1850
    creator: Smith, Stephen, Captain

    Scope and Contents

    This is a photostat, created circa 1932, of a letter from Miguel de Pedrorena to Captain Stephen Smith written October 10, 1845.

    Preferred citation

    Miguel de Pedrorena Letter, circa 1932, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.694.

    Processing history

    Processed by Library staff after 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 9, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


    Donated by Henry Raup Wagner, 1932 July.


    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Biographical note

    Miguel Pedrorena, Sr. or Miguel de Pedrorena, Sr. (c. 1808–1850) was an early settler of San Diego, California. Miguel Pedrorena was born in Madrid and later lived in Peru. He moved to San Diego in 1838.
    During the Mexican-American War Pedrorena supported the U.S. side. As with other prominent Californio families, he found war was inevitable and a lost cause. During the war, he commanded a cavalry as captain on the American side. In 1846, Pedrorena served as Juez de Paz of San Diego, in absence of José Antonio Estudillo. During 1847–1848, he became the U.S customs collector.
    Miguel Pedrorena died suddenly on March 31, 1850 and was buried in Old Town.


    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Freight and freightage
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Ships and shipping