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Finding Aid to the Documentos para la historia de California, 1828-1875
BANC MSS C-B 51-52  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Sketch
  • List of Authors and/or Signers of Documents

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Documentos para la historia de California,
    Date (inclusive): 1828-1875
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 51-52
    Creator: Castro, Manuel de Jesús, 1821-
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes and 5 oversize folders
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Primarily official letters and documents sent to Castro while prefect at Monterey, concerning military events, elections, mission matters, land transactions, Russians in California, quicksilver mining, the Bear Flag Revolt, claims of American citizens against the government, military events in Baja California, etc.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Documentos para la historia de California, 1828-1875, BANC MSS C-B 51 or BANC MSS C-B 52, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    • Printed materials from Items No. 27-28, 33, 38-39, C-B 51, and 262, C-B 52, have been removed for separate cataloging.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of official letters and documents, most of them belonging to the decade of the 1840s. Many of these are official reports of important events in California, written by various government officials to Manuel Castro while he was prefect of the Monterey district. Included also are military papers; election records; land papers; documents relating to the missions; copies, in French and Spanish, of the contract between John Sutter and Petr Kostromitinov, the latter acting as agent for the Russian American Company, for the purchase by Sutter of the Russian establishments at Ross and Bodega in 1841; a small file of letters to and from Thomas Ap Catesby Jones relative to claims of American citizens against the government of California; and papers dealing with an alleged assault upon Nathan Spear, a merchant, and Elliott Libbey, captain of the Tasso, in 1845. A few items pertain to discovery of quicksilver near San José and to salt mines in Lower California. A number of letters refer to John Sutter and John C. Frémont, the American immigration into California and the attendant problems, and the uprising at Sonoma in 1846.
    After the documents were given to H. H. Bancroft, they were bound, in rough chronological order, and the items and/or pages numbered. The volumes have been disbound, but the collection has been kept, for the most part, in the order in which it was originally bound, and the numbers have been retained for descriptive purposes. The calendar which follows describes each document, or related file of documents. The alphabetical index which follows the calendar lists the authors and/or signers of the documents with citations to document numbers.

    Biographical Sketch

    Manuel Castro, who presented this collection to H. H. Bancroft in 1875, was a member of a very well-known California family. He was born in 1821, the son of José Simeón Castro and María Antonia Pico Castro. Pío Pico was his uncle, José Castro his cousin. His career began about 1839, and for more than a dozen years he was very active in government and military affairs. After the revolt against Governor Micheltorena, in which Castro was prominent, he became prefect of the Monterey district, a position of considerable authority and responsibility. He took part in the difficulties with Frémont and in the Flores revolt, and in 1847 went to Mexico with Flores. For some years he was in the military service there, acting for a time as head of the military colony at Santo Tomás in Lower California. After 1852 Castro lived for the most part in San Francisco, although he remained a Mexican citizen.

    List of Authors and/or Signers of Documents

    Abrego, José, 1813-1878 C-B 51: 149-150
    Alcorte, Lino José, 1787?-1854 C-B 52: 189-190
    Almonte, Juan Nepomuceno, 1803-1869 C-B 52: 140-142, C-B 52: 143-144, C-B 52: 202
    Alva, Manuel María, 1787- C-B 51: 35
    Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882 C-B 51: 65-67, C-B 51: 114-116, C-B 52: 226-228
    Alvisu, José María C-B 51: 29-32
    Anaya, Juan Pablo de, 1785-1850 C-B 52: 210, C-B 52: 211-212
    Araiza, Francisco C-B 51: 140-141, C-B 51: 142-143
    Arce, B. de C-B 52: 229-233
    Arce, Francisco Casimiro, 1821-1878 C-B 51: 105-106, C-B 51: 120, C-B 52: 105-107, C-B 52: 109-110, C-B 52: 119, C-B 52: 122
    Arrillaga, José Joaquín de, 1750-1814 C-B 51: 1-3
    Azedo, José Ignacio C-B 51: 10-13
    Bandini, Juan, 1800-1859 C-B 51: 124-128, C-B 52: 206-209
    Barragán, Máximino C-B 52: 247-249, C-B 52: 250-25l, C-B 52: 252-253
    Barstow, Alfred C-B 52: 280-281
    Berreyesa, Nicolás C-B 51: 23-26
    Blancarte, José María C-B 52: 238-239
    Blanco, Juan M. C-B 52: 199-200
    Bona, Tomás C-B 52: 236-237
    Botello, Narciso, 1810- C-B 52: 151-152
    Bryant, Andrew Jackson, 1831-1888 C-B 52: 275
    Bustamante, Anastasio, pres. Mexico, 1780-1853 C-B 52: 161-165, C-B 52: 167-171, C-B 52: 172-173, C-B 52: 182, C-B 52: 204-205
    Cambuston, Henri, d. ca. 1860 C-B 51: 284-301
    Cañedo, Juan de Dios, 1786-1850 C-B 51: 40-50
    Carrillo, José Antonio Ezequiel, 1796-1862 C-B 52: 103, C-B 52: 159
    Castañares, Manuel C-B 51: 109, 111
    Castañeda, Jesús C-B 52: 263, C-B 52: 266
    Castillero, Andrés C-B 52: 185
    Castillo Negrete, Luis del, d. 1843 C-B 51: 36-37, C-B 51: 54
    Castro, Joaquín Isidro C-B 51: 29-32
    Castro, José, 1810-1860 C-B 51: 123, C-B 51: 214-216, C-B 51: 233-234, C-B 51: 238-239, C-B 52: 81-82, C-B 52: 93-94, C-B 52: 105-107, C-B 52: 109-110, C-B 52: 124-128, C-B 52: 129-132, C-B 52: 133, C-B 52: 136-139, C-B 52: 226-228, C-B 52: 245, C-B 52: 246, C-B 52: 264-265
    Castro, José María, 1823- C-B 52: 195
    Castro, José Tiburcio C-B 51: 10-13
    Castro, Manuel de Jesús, 1821- C-B 51: 121-122, C-B 51: 136-139, C-B 51: 175-177, C-B 51: 220-221, C-B 51: 229-230, C-B 51: 240, C-B 51: 254-255, C-B 51: 256, C-B 51: 284-301, C-B 51: 302-303, C-B 52: 39, C-B 52: 43, C-B 52: 116-118, C-B 52: 226-228, C-B 52: 263a
    Castro, María Antonia (Pico) C-B 52: 214
    Castro, Rafael C-B 51: 149-150
    Célis, Eulogio de, d. 1868 C-B 51: 159-164, C-B 52: 2-5
    Chabolla, Antonio, 1804- C-B 51: 6, C-B 51: 7-8
    Chabolla, Luis C-B 51: 23-26
    Chabolla, Pedro Regalado, 1789- C-B 51: 258, C-B 51: 261, C-B 51: 276-277
    Cháves, José Antonio C-B 51: 258-260, C-B 51: 284-301, C-B 52: 245
    Cooper, John Bautista Rogers, 1792-1872 C-B 51: 10-13
    Covarrubias, José María, 1801-1870 C-B 51: 64, C-B 51: 130-131, C-B 51: 132, C-B 51: 146-148, C-B 51: 152-153, C-B 51: 154-155, C-B 51: 170-171, C-B 51: 187-194, C-B 51: 241, C-B 51: 304-305, C-B 51: 306-307
    Cuesta, Fernando C-B 52: 175, C-B 52: 182-183
    Díaz, Manuel, 1810- C-B 51: 149-150, C-B 51: 258-260, C-B 51: 270-271, C-B 51: 282-283, C-B 51: 284-301, C-B 52: 37-38, C-B 52: 83-84
    Elick, John C-B 52: 54-59
    Escamilla, Joaquín de los Santos C-B 51: 120, C-B 51: 149-150, C-B 51: 284-301, C-B 52: 47-48
    Escobar, Marcelino, 1797- C-B 51: 10-13, C-B 51: 144-145
    Espinosa, Rafael C-B 52: 215-216, C-B 52: 223-224
    Ezquer, Ignacio, 1818- C-B 51: 149-150
    Fernández, José Zenón, d. 1844 C-B 51: 23-26, C-B 51: 68-70, C-B 51: 71, C-B 51: 72-73, C-B 51: 75, C-B 51: 77, C-B 51: 82-84, C-B 51: 86-87, C-B 51: 88-91, C-B 51: 93-94, C-B 51: 96, C-B 51: 101-104
    Fernández, Máximo Z. C-B 52: 100-101
    Figueroa, Francisco, 1804- C-B 52: 149-150
    Figueroa, José, 1792-1835 C-B 51: 14-21
    Flores, José María, d. 1866? C-B 51: 51, C-B 52: 145-148, C-B 52: 153-154, C-B 52: 155-156, C-B 52: 157-158, C-B 52: 174, C-B 52: 176-179, C-B 52: 192-194
    Forbes, James Alexander, 1804-1881 C-B 51: 187-194
    Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890 C-B 52: 26-28
    Galindo, Nasario C-B 52: 254-261
    Glein, Carlos F. C-B 52: 54-59
    Godoy, José Antonio C-B 52: 276
    Gómez, Ambrosio C-B 52: 83-84
    Gómez, Vicente C-B 51: 284-301
    González, Teodoro C-B 51: 284-301
    Gonzáles Rubio, José María de Jesús, 1803-1875 C-B 51: 29-32
    Graham, Isaac, d. 1863 C-B 52: 68-69
    Guerra, Francisco de la, 1818-1878 C-B 52: 159-160
    Guerrero y Palomares, Francisco, 1811-1851 C-B 51: 57-63, C-B 51: 195-209, C-B 51: 210-211, C-B 51: 235-236, C-B 51: 237, C-B 51: 245-246, C-B 51: 247-248, C-B 51: 249-251, C-B 51: 252-253, C-B 51: 262-263, C-B 51: 272-275, C-B 51: 309-311, C-B 51: 312-313, C-B 52: 8-10, C-B 52: 11-12, C-B 52: 13-14, C-B 52: 49-51, C-B 52: 52-53, C-B 52: 54-59, C-B 52: 60-61, C-B 52: 64-65, C-B 52: 66-67, C-B 52: 72-73, C-B 52: 77-80, C-B 52: 111-113, C-B 52: 114-115
    Haro, Francisco de, 1792-1848 C-B 51: 159-164, C-B 52: 2-5, C-B 52: 100-101
    Hartnell, William Edward Petty, 1798-1854 C-B 51: 10-13, C-B 51: 74, C-B 51: 76, C-B 51: 151, C-B 51: 264-269, C-B 51: 315, C-B 51: 317, C-B 52: 26-28, C-B 52: 33
    Higuera, Jacinta C-B 52: 254-261
    Iturbide, Salvador de C-B 52: 199-200
    Jimeno Casarín, Manuel, d. 1853 C-B 51: 51-56, C-B 51: 107-108, C-B 51: 112-113
    Jones, Thomas Ap Catesby, 1790-1856 C-B 51: 74, C-B 51: 76, C-B 51: 78-81, C-B 51: 92-93, C-B 51: 95, C-B 51: 97-100
    Kostromitinov, Petr C-B 51: 57-63, C-B 51: 264-269
    Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858 C-B 51: 151, C-B 51: 181-183, C-B 51: 184-186, C-B 51: 212-213, C-B 51: 314-317, C-B 52: 31-33, C-B 52: 74-76
    Laurencel, Henry C-B 52: 242-243
    Leese, Jacob Primer, 1809-1892 C-B 51: 57-63
    Leidesdorff, William Alexander, 1810-1848 C-B 52: 6-7
    Lombardini, Manuel María, Pres. Mexico, 1802-1853 C-B 52: 201
    Lorenzana, Macedonio, 1788- C-B 51: 280-281
    Mansilla y Gamboa, Agustín C-B 52: 197-198
    Martínez, Ignacio, 1774-1848 C-B 51: 29-32
    Mexico. Consulado, San Francisco C-B 52: 276
    Micheltorena, Manuel, d. 1853 C-B 51: 105-106, C-B 51: 112-114, C-B 51: 117-119, C-B 52: 203
    Moerenhout, Jacques Antoine, 1796-1879 C-B 52: 226-228
    Moreno, Francisco Rosendo C-B 52: 196
    Moreno, José Matías, 1817-1869 C-B 52: 70-71, C-B 52: 85-86, C-B 52: 88-89, C-B 52: 234-235
    Moreno, Rafael de Jesús, d. 1839 C-B 51: 29-32
    Munrás, Salvador C-B 51: 149-150
    Narváez, Pedro C-B 51: 149-150, C-B 51: 284-301
    Noé, José de Jesús, 1805- C-B 51: 243-244, C-B 52: 1-5, C-B 52: 54-59, C-B 52: 100-101
    Noriega, José, 1792?- C-B 51: 23-26
    Ocampo, Melchor, 1814-1861 C-B 52: 264-265
    Olvera, Agustín, d. 1876 C-B 52: 149-150
    Osio, Antonio María C-B 51: 149-150
    Pacheco, Dolores, 1798-ca. 1858 C-B 51: 278-279, C-B 52: 25, C-B 52: 95-96
    Pacheco, Francisco C-B 51: 149-150
    Pacheco, Tomás C-B 51: 23-26
    Palacio, Adolfo C-B 52: 271
    Palacio, Ricardo C-B 52: 267-270
    Palmer, Joseph C. C-B 52: 241
    Park, Trenor William, 1823-1882 C-B 52: 240
    Peralta, Ignacio, 1791- C-B 51: 7-8, C-B 51: 29-32
    Pérez Vidal, Andrés C-B 51: 4-5
    Pesado, José Joaquin, 1801-1861 C-B 51: 34
    Pico, Antonio María, 1808-1869 C-B 51: 119, C-B 51: 242
    Pico, Pío, 1801-1894 C-B 51: 124-128, C-B 51: 130-131, C-B 51: 132, C-B 51: 133-135, C-B 51: 170-171, C-B 51: 172-174, C-B 51: 270-271, C-B 52: 15-16, C-B 52: 17-20, C-B 52: 21-22, C-B 52: 23-24, C-B 52: 34-36, C-B 52: 52-53, C-B 52: 62-63, C-B 52: 70-71, C-B 52: 90-92
    Prado Mesa, Juan del, d. 1845 C-B 51: 29-32
    Quijano, Benito, 1800-1865 C-B 52: 186-188
    Ramírez, Ricardo C-B 52: 217-218, C-B 52: 219-220, C-B 52: 221, C-B 52: 222
    Rico, Francisco, ca. 1820- C-B 51: 129
    Rosa, José de la C-B 51: 225-226, C-B 51: 227-228, C-B 51: 231-232
    Salas, José Mariano de, 1797- C-B 52: 140-142
    Sánchez, Francisco, 1807- C-B 51: 159-164, C-B 52: 2-5
    Sandoval, Manuel María de C-B 52: 225
    Santa Anna, Antonio López de, pres. Mexico, 1795-1876 C-B 52: 189-190
    Serrano, Florencio, 1810-1877 C-B 51: 124-128, C-B 51: 130-131, C-B 51: 149-150, C-B 51: 258-260
    Sherrebeck, Peter C-B 52: 54-59
    Smith, Thomas C-B 52: 54-59
    Soberanes, Feliciano, 1789- C-B 51: 156, C-B 51: 157-158, C-B 51: 167-169
    Soto, Bernardino C-B 51: 284-301
    Soto, Carmel (Flores) C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Carmel (Higuera) C-B 52: 254-26l
    Soto, Encarnación (Pacheco) C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Francisco C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Guadalupe C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Ignacio C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Jesús C-B 51: 284-301
    Soto, José C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Rosaria (Higuera) C-B 52: 254-261
    Soto, Silverio C-B 52: 254-261
    Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871 C-B 52: 29-30
    Suárez del Real, José María del Refugio Sagrado C-B 51: 120, C-B 52: 244
    Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880 C-B 51: 57-63, C-B 51: 264-269, C-B 52: 41-42, C-B 52: 98-99
    Tornel y Mendivil, José María, 1789-1853 C-B 52: 191
    Torre, Gabriel de la C-B 51: 10-13, C-B 51: 258-260, C-B 51: 284-301
    Torre, José Joaquín de la, 1784?- C-B 51: 10-13
    Torre, José Raymundo de la C-B 51: 10-13
    Torres, Cosmé C-B 52: 272-274
    Vaca, Marcos C-B 51: 222-223
    Vallarta, J. C-B 52: 199-200
    Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1807-1890 C-B 51: 29-32
    Vásquez, Filomeno C-B 51: 9
    Vega, Plácido, 1830-1878 C-B 52: 277-279, C-B 52: 282
    Vioget, Jean Jacques, 1799-1855 C-B 51: 57-63
    Workman, Julian C-B 52: 87
    Yáñez, José María, 1804-1880 C-B 52: 166
    Zarembo, Dionisio C-B 51: 178-180, C-B 51: 217-219
    Zavala, Alejandro C-B 52: 199-200