Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Baja California Government Documents Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0778
5 Linear feet
(12 archives boxes)
Date (inclusive): ca. 1831-1939
Abstract: Municipal and government documents relating to official policies, civil matters, contracts, litigation, war, and state infrastructure
development in Baja California, including Santo Tomas, Rosarito, Mexicali, Tecate, Tijuana, and other towns and cities.
The administrative and custodial history of these materials is unknown.
For preservation reasons, onsite researchers are required to use digitized versions of the documents. Permission to consult
originals may be granted by the Program Director.
These materials were purchased in four batches from a bookseller who provided descriptions for most of the documents. When
they were accessioned, the original arrangement of the papers was preserved so catalogers and researchers could refer to the
existing descriptions. When the collection was prepared for digitization, bulky folders were divided up into their component
files, still maintaining the original order, and the file descriptions were enhanced when possible. Strings and bindings that
held discrete files together were removed, but all previously "sewn" files were rehoused together in their own folders to
preserve context. The descriptions presented here may include inaccuracies or be incomplete. Corrections may be brought to
the attention of Special Collections staff.
Scope and Content of Collection
Municipal and government documents relating to official policies, civil matters, contracts, litigation, war, and state infrastructure
development in Baja California, including Santo Tomas, Rosarito, Mexicali, Ensenada, Tecate, Tijuana, and other towns and
cities. Documents include official handwritten correspondence, petitions, requests to purchase land, settlements and maps,
mine registers, and other materials that document daily life and municipal administration in Baja, especially throughout the
turbulent period including the Mexican War, 1846-1848 and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920.
A photograph album,
Distrito Norte de la Baja California, Mex. al C. Primer Jefe del E. C. encargado del poder ejecutivo de la nacion, was seperated from the papers and cataloged in Special Collections & Archives.
Collection of government documents from Baja California. MSS 778. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
Publication rights are held by the creator(s) of the collection.
This collection was digitized in 2016 for inclusion in the Adam Matthew subscription database Frontier Life: borderlands,
settlement & colonial encounters. The documents are viewable in that resource when accessed from a UC San Diego IP address,
or via any institution that subscribes to that resource.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- History -- Sources
Land tenure -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
Maps -- Mexico -- Baja California -- 19th century
Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Archives
Railroads -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
Mines and mineral resources -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula) -- Pictorial works