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Inventory of the Monterey Collection, 1785-1877, bulk 1828-1854
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Introduction
  • Subject Matter

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Monterey Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1785-1877,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1828-1854
    Extent: 1,337 peices (8 Boxes in chronological order, 1785-1877)
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The collection was purchased from Mr. & Mrs. Wilford R. Holman, of Pacific Grove, Calif., 2/15/59.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Monterey Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Group of correspondence and documents from the municipal archives of Monterey, Calif., covering the period from 1828 to 1854, with two earlier items for 1785 and 1798, and a later one for 1877. The papers offer a good example of the California municipal system of government operating under an ayuntamiento during the Mexican period, when Monterey was the capital of the province, and under a common council during the early American period.

    Subject Matter

    • A. Common welfare and the preservation of the public order
    • B. Health measures, sanitation and hospitals
    • C. Financial administration: salaries of public officials and employees; assessment of property and taxation, collection of revenues, etc. (over 350 pieces consist of orders to pay, bills, receipts, etc.).
    • D. Education
    • E. Elections
    • F. Administration of justice
    • G. Repair of streets, bridges, & public buildings