Finding Aid to the Miguel de Pedrorena Letter MS.694

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2012 November 9

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.


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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.


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Subjects and Indexing Terms

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