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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Aguilar Family Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1833-1925
    Bulk dates: 1856-1891
    Collection Number: mssAguilar papers
    Creator: Aguilar family.
    Extent: 32 items in 1 box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This small group of 32 items contains personal and business papers, in Spanish, of landowner Blas Aguilar (born 1808) and members of his family, chiefly in San Juan Capistrano, San Diego, and Los Angeles, California.
    Language: Spanish.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Aguilar Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Francisco Aguilar, San Juan Capistrano Mission, May 1938.

    Biographical Note

    Blas Aguilar was born in San Diego in 1808. He was, for a time, majordomo of the San Diego Mission and in 1841 acquired some land at San Juan Capistrano, where he made his home.

    Scope and Content

    This small group of material contains personal and business papers of Blas Aguilar and members of his family. It consists of correspondence, an untitled poem, a play "Coloquio de los Pastores," an account book, a promissory note, receipts, mortgages, and deeds. There are also baptismal records from the San Juan Capistrano and San Luis Rey missions. All of the items are in Spanish. It deals with San Juan Capistrano, San Diego, and Los Angeles, California. There are a few letters written from Arizona and Nevada.


    Items chiefly arranged alphabetically by author.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Aguilar family.
    Mission San Juan Capistrano.
    San Luis Rey Mission (Calif.)
    Land tenure -- California -- Los Angeles County.
    Land tenure -- California -- Orange County.
    Land tenure -- California -- San Diego County.
    California -- History -- 19h century -- Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    San Diego (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.


    Baptismal registers -- California -- 19th century.
    Deeds -- California -- 19th century.
    Financial records -- California -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century.
    Manuscripts -- California -- 19th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Aguilar, Blas, recipient