Guide to the Urrutia de Vergara Family Papers

Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Lanthorne.
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Guide to the Urrutia de Vergara Family Papers 1565/1769

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Urrutia de Vergara Family Papers
Dates: 1565-1769
Identification: MS-0533
Creator: Urrutia de Vergara Family, 1575-1754
Physical Description: 0.42 linear ft
Language of Materials: Spanish;Castilian
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Family History:

Don Antonio Urrutia de Vergara (1598-1667) was a Spaniard of Basque descent and one of New Spain's most prominent merchants. In 1664, he acquired a mayorazgo (an entailed estate) in the San Miguel Tlaixpan region of Mexico. This plot of land served as the foundation for the family’s expansive landholdings. Nahuas (indigenous Nahuatl speakers) owned parcels of land that later formed portions of the Urrutia de Vergara family's estate.
Don Antonio and his wife, Doña Maria Bonilla Bastida, founded three other mayorazgos. The first was for his eldest daughter, Ana Urrutia de Vergara and her husband, Alfonso Flores de Valdez. The second mayorazgo went to Don Antonio’s second daughter, Juana. And the third mayorazgo was bequeathed to Ana’s eldest son, Don Augusto and his heirs upon Ana’s death.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Topical Term:

Mexico--History--Spanish colony, 1540-1810--Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

These materials are in the public domain. However, the nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Urrutia de Vergara Family Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Urrutia de Vergara Papers are a collection of Spanish colonial manuscripts that document the land holdings of the Urrutia de Vergara family in the eastern part of the Texcoco region of Mexico. The collection dates from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century and includes land deeds, rent and tribute payments, and maps of the property. Several of these documents pre-date the family’s holdings and were probably passed on to the family when it acquired the land.
The papers consist of 248 manuscript leaves which were compiled and divided into nineteen folders by Miguel Cervantes, a possible descendant of Don Ignacio Cervantes who married Anna Maria Urrutia in the mid to late eighteenth century. The folders are clearly labelled with titles, possibly written by Cervantes in the nineteenth century. These folders are arranged into two volumes. Each volume’s pages contain stamped numbers in numerical order on the upper-right corners of the manuscript leaves.
Of particular interest are thirty-five pictorial manuscripts illustrated in a mixed indigenous and European style that document plots of land as well as rent and tribute payments from the greater San Miguel Tlaixpan area. These cadasters include symbols for orchards, rivers, towns, fields, people, and roads.
All materials in this collection are written in colonial or 19th century Spanish. The folder descriptions in the finding aid are taken from the original descriptions, possibly written by Cervantes. As such, spellings may differ from modern Spanish.

Box 1, Folder 1

Volume 1, folder 1, pages 1-5 May 17, 1591

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Merced otorgada por el Virey Don Luis de Velasco á Juan del Rueda, por dos caballerías
Box 1, Folder 2

Volume 1, folder 2, pages 6-20 August 16, 1606

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Merced otorgada por el Virey Don Juan de Mendoza y Luna á Antonio de Ayala, por dos caballerías
Box 1, Folder 3

Volume 1, folder 3, pages 21-24 December 20, 1614

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Merced otorgada por el Virey Don Diego Fernández de Córdoba á Don Martín de Urguiaga, por dos caballerías
Box 1, Folder 4

Volume 1, folder 4, pages 25-27 May 24, 1615

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Merced otorgada por Don Diego Fernández de Córdoba, Virey de Méscico, á Lope de Argüelles, por dos caballerías
Box 1, Folder 5

Volume 1, folder 5, pages 28-36 October 14, 1555

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Merced otorgada por el Presidente de la Audiencia Don Pedro Moya de Contreras, á Francisco Hernández de la Puente, por cautro y media caballerías
Box 1, Folder 6

Volume 1, folder 6, pages 37-40 January 1605

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Merced otorgada por la Audiencia de Méscico á Bernardo de Alburnoz, por el situ para el Molino, el 10 de Enero de 1605
Box 1, Folder 7

Volume 1, folder 7, pages 41-59

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Testimonio de algunas mercedes ya expresadas y adquisición de algunas fracciones de Ximilpa
Box 1, Folder 8

Volume 1, folder 8, pages 60-119

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Correspondiente á la Merced del Molino
Box 1, Folder 9

Volume 1, folder 9, pages 120-145 August 1664

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Cédula fechada en Madrid el 18 de Agosto de 1664, para que el Maestro de Campo Don Antonio Urrutia de Vergara y su esposa Doña María de Bonilla fundaran el Mayorazgo de Urrutia
Box 1, Folder 10

Volume 2, folder 10, pages 1-12

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Arbol genealógico de la familia Urrutia de Vergara, sucesores en el Mayorazgo
Box 1, Folder 11

Volume 2, folder 11, pages 13-15 1675

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Posesión del Mayorazgo á favor de Doña Ana Urrutia de Vergara
Box 1, Folder 12

Volume 2, folder 12, pages 16-28

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Correspondiente al Mayorazgo de Urrutia
Box 1, Folder 13

Volume 2, folder 13, pages 29-36 1707

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Solicitud de Don Antonio Urrutia de Vergara, para que le Dieran la posesión del Mayorazgo, y posesión que se le dio, con citación de linderos
Box 1, Folder 14

Volume 2, folder 14, pages 37-40 October 15, 1754

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Presentación de títulos del "Batán" y "Ximilpa," en virtud de Real Cédula de 15 de Octubre de 1754, y confirmación de dichos títulos
Box 1, Folder 15

Volume 2, folder 15, pages 41-61 1704

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Remate de la Hacienda de Tlaiscpam á favor de Don Juan Fernando de Miranda
Box 1, Folder 16

Volume 2, folder 16, pages 62-78 1693

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Juicio seguido entre los indígenas de San Miguel Tlaiscpam y el poseedor de la Hacienda de Tlaiscpam, Don Manuel Alyandro Barba, ganado por este
Box 1, Folder 17

Volume 2, folder 17, pages 79-81 1695

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Composición de la Hacienda de Tlaiscpam, por 13 caballerías, celebrada en el año de 1695, con el Juez Privativo Don Pedro de Labastida
Box 1, Folder 18

Volume 2, folder 18, pages 82-119 16th c.

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Planos antiguos que representan fracciones correspondientes á la Hacienda de Tlaiscpam
Box 1, Folder 19

Volume 2, folder 19, pages 120-122

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Tierras que cedió la Hacienda de Tlaiscpam á los vecinos de La Purificación