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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Biography/Administrative History
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rodriguez Manuscript
    Dates: 1989
    Collection Number: MS0040 (040-89)
    Creator/Collector: Edward Walter Rodriguez
    Extent: 1 folder; 44 pages
    Online items available
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: Typescript memoirs of Edward Walter Rodriguez regarding the Rodriguez family history in Alta California.
    Language of Material: English


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    Publication Rights

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Rodriguez Manuscript. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. Special Collections and Archives

    Acquisition Information


    Biography/Administrative History

    Typescript memoirs of Edward Walter Rodriguez on Alta California and the Rodriquez family California dating from 1754. The family is descended of Spanish colonists who settled in California during Mexican ruling. The manuscript provides a brief history of Mexican, Spanish, and US rule of California followed by a narrative of the author’s family history beginning with Don Jose Antonio Rodriguez, a Spanish soldier. Don Jose Antonio Rodriguez, originally from Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico (Nuevo España), first stationed at Port San Blas in Nayarit in 1774, was later stationed at the San Diego Presidio and then ordered to report to the Presidio of Monterey, Alta California. His future wife, Maria Trinidad Vicenta de Leon (Juarez), originally from Real de Cosala a village located in what is now the State of Sinaloa, was first married to Don Francisco Juarez, also of Cosala, a Spanish soldier who served at San Gabriel Mission. She was widowed with two children in 1782 and later married Jose Antonio Rodriguez. Their first child was born while stationed at Mission San Luis Obispo. Eight births followed at various missions and presidios throughout California. The family held a semi-permanent home on a ranch near Monterey and descendants later owned ranches throughout the central coast. Members of the Rodriguez family were beneficiaries of Mexican land grants including what is known as the Corral de Piedra Land Grant near Arroyo Grande and the Rancho Bolsa del Pajaro near Watsonville in Santa Cruz County.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    One folder containing a 44 page typewritten manuscript collected and created by San Luis Obispo resident Edward Walter Rodriguez. History of the Rodriguez family of San Luis Obispo, Calif. with associated families including Juarez, Haro, Leon, Pacheco, Vasquez, Hemmi.

    Indexing Terms

    Rodriguez y Cabrillo
    San Luis Obispo
    Alta California

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