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Vallejo Family Papers
BANC MSS C-B 441  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Related Collections in the Bancroft Library
  • Related Collections in Other Institutions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Content Description

  • Language of Material: Spanish; Castilian
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Vallejo family papers
    creator: Vallejo (Family : Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890)
    creator: Emparàn (Family : Emparàn, Ricardo de, 1853-1902)
    creator: Frisbie (Family : Frisbie, John B., 1823-)
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 441
    Physical Description: 6.5 linear feet linear feet (16 boxes, 3 oversize folders, 2 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1824-1938
    Abstract: Papers created by the family of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo from approximately 1824 to 1938.
    Language of Material: Materials in Spanish and English.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. The copyright for unpublished manuscript material in this collection is held by the donor. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Vallejo family papers were gathered together over many years by Bancroft Library staff from a range of sources including the Robert E. Cowan Collection, the T.W. Norris Collection (purchased from the Estate of T.W. Norris in 1954), the Emparan family (purchased in 1950), and Platon Vallejo's daughter, Francisca Vallejo McGettigan (gift to the Bancroft Library in 1956). The collection also includes a few photocopies from original materials in other repositories.

    Processing Information

    Collection arrangement dates to the 1950s. Additional processing and finding aid written by Lara Michels in 2015.

    Related Collections in the Bancroft Library

    Vallejo family papers : additions, 1846-1950 (BANC MSS 76/79 c).
    Vallejo family photographs from the Thomas W. Norris collection [graphic] (BANC PIC 1954.030--PIC).
    Photograph collection of family members and descendants of General M.G. Vallejo [graphic] (BANC PIC 1978.195--PIC).

    Related Collections in Other Institutions

    Vallejo family papers, California State Parks, Sacramento, California (Collection number: 243.1)
    Vallejo family papers, Autry National Center, Autry Library (Collection number: MSA.Vallejo)

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vallejo family papers, BANC MSS C-B 441, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical / Historical

    Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the eighth of thirteen children, was born in 1808 in the then capital of Alta California, Monterey. At the age of fifteen, Vallejo became a cadet in the Mexican Army and would later serve as head of the San Francisco garrison and military commander of the northern part of Alta California. As a reward for his service and to encourage his leadership, Vallejo was granted 66,000 acres near Petaluma, on which he operated a large cattle ranch from 1836 to 1846. In 1835, Vallejo founded the pueblo of Sonoma. After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo, Vallejo was forced into lengthy battles to claim his lands. When he died in 1890, Vallejo was leading a fairly modest life on his remaining 200-acre piece of land in Sonoma he called Lachryma Montis.
    Among Vallejo's siblings were: Jose Manuel Salvador Vallejo (1813-1876), Captain of the Militia in Sonoma and grantee of Rancho Napa, Salvador's Ranch, and (with another brother) Rancho Lupyomi; Encarnacion Vallejo (1809-1902), wife of John Bautista Rogers Cooper, grantee of Rancho Nicasio and other properties; Maria Paula Rosalia Vallejo (1811-1889), wife of Jacob P. Leese, grantee of Rancho Huichica and other properties; Jose de Jesus Vallejo (1798-1882), grantee of Rancho Arroyo de la Alameda; and Maria Isadora Vallejo (1792-1830), wife of Mariano de Jesus Soberanes.
    In 1832, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo married Francisca Maria Felipa Benicia Carrillo. The couple had sixteen children, ten of whom survived into adulthood. Among the Vallejo children were Epifania de Guadalupe Vallejo (1835-1905), wife of John B. Frisbie; Adelayda Vallejo (1837-1895), wife of Levi Cornell Frisbie; Natalia Veneranda Vallejo (1838-1895), wife of Attila Haraszthy; Dr Platon Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1841-1925), husband of Lily Wiley; Jovita Francisca Vallejo (1844-1878), wife of Arpad Haraszthy; Uladislao Vallejo (1945-unknown); Napoleon Primo Vallejo (1850-1923), husband of Martha Brown; Luisa Eugenia Vallejo (1856-1943), wife of Ricardo de Emparan; and Maria Ignacia Vallejo (1857-1932, wife of James Harry Cutter.

    Content Description

    The collection consists of four series: 1. the papers of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo; 2. the papers of Platon Vallejo; 3. the papers of the Emparan family; and 4. clippings and scrapbooks. The papers of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo consist of outgoing and incoming correspondence with family members and others. Much of this correspondence is personal in nature, but this series does include some correspondence relating to Vallejo's official duties and his historical legacy. Also in this series are materials relating to Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo's land interests, legal matters, and financial dealings. The series of Platon Vallejo's papers consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as other family papers, some of which relate to his father's legacy. The Emparan family papers consist of correspondence of Luisa Vallejo Emparan and Ricardo de Emparan as well as some correspondence and other materials relating to Jose de Emparan de Torre. The clippings and scrapbook series consists of loose news clippings and scrapbooks of news clippings.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Vallejo (Family : Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890)
    Emparàn (Family : Emparàn, Ricardo de, 1853-1902)
    Frisbie (Family : Frisbie, John B., 1823-)
    Vallejo , Mariano Guadalupe
    Vallejo, Platon Mariano Guadalupe (1841-1925)
    Vallejo, Francisca Benicia Carrillo de (1815-1891)
    Figueroa, José (1792-1835)
    Cerruti, Henry (1836-1876)
    Bancroft, Hubert Howe (1832-1918)
    Haraszthy, Natalia Veneranda Vallejo de
    Frisbie, John B. (1823-)
    Emparàn, Luisa Vallejo de
    Lachryma Montis
    Families -- California
    Land grants -- California
    Sonoma (Calif.) -- History
    California -- History -- To 1846
    California -- History -- 1846-1850
    California -- History -- 1850-1950
    Medicine, popular
    Account books