Baja California Government Documents Collection

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 2015
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175

Descriptive Summary

Languages: Spanish; Castilian
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Baja California Government Documents Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0778
Physical Description: 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.

Administrative History

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.

Processing Information

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.

Related Materials

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.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 2015.

Preferred Citation

Collection of government documents from Baja California. MSS 778. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator(s) of the collection.

Digital Content

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



Box 1, Folder 1

Manuscript letter, M. Pacheco to Pio Pico, Los Angeles 1846 August 9

Box 1, Folder 2

Padrón del Partido: Norte de la Frontera de la Baja California 1858, 1861

General note

The Padrón is essentially a list compiled at municipal level of all the people who live within each municipality or district. The document provides names and ages of people dwelling on ex-mission lands, pueblos, and ranchos.
Box 1, Folder 3

Manuscript letter, re: Juan Bandini and his cattle 1857

Box 1, Folder 4

Decieto Portación de Armas; two Circulars 1861, 1877-1878

Box 1, Folder 5

Report from the Servicio Sanitario Militar, Teniente Coronel Médico Cirujano 1911 October

Box 1, Folder 6

File of notarized documents re: Mexican Land Colonization Company 1890


Assorted documents

Box 1, Folder 7

Peter H. Barnes application to build Laguna Salada recreation park 1916

General note

Barnes offers to build a highway to create access to the park, and asks permission to build, hunt, and fish there. Signed. Response from Cantú granting permission.
Box 1, Folder 8

Ignacio del Corte (Compañía Refinadora Nacional) contract to establish refineries and distilleries 1916

General note

Signatures by the governor of Baja California [Cantú]. Includes a signed letter from Charles Wong[on] to the governor, wherein he describes that he has a license to sell opium in large quantities. He sold a batch to C.A. Johnson, but the product was detained by the borderlands patrol.
Box 1, Folder 9

Request to include new phrasing on official government communications ("Sufragio efectivo no reeleción") 1911 July 7

General note

To support the Revolution. Manuscript and printed responses of Judges and Commandants.
Box 1, Folder 10

Letter from Manuel Clemente Rojo, former governor of Baja California 1871 August 15

General note

Notes that he received a letter with a new electoral law. Also mentions an order he received from the government to prosecute Antonio Sosa for the executions he ordered in the valley of San Rafael, and for permitting the escape of an alleged murderer.
Box 1, Folder 11

Requests to establish a tannery and shoe factory from Benigno Barriero and Eduardo Guerrero 1916-1917

General note

Includes signed response of the governor of BC and draft of contract.
Box 1, Folder 12

Frederico Dato contract to establish cotton gins and oil mills 1916 April 28

General note

The contract was first given to A.M. Schenk, however the government nullified the contract. Signed by the governor of BC.
Box 1, Folder 13

Request to occupy land in San Antonio County 1870 July 7

General note

Signed at Santo Tomas.
Box 1, Folder 14

Requests to occupy uninhabited lands in Baja California 1869

General note

Requests by Pedro Duarte in San Rafael and Loreto Amador in Santo Tomas.
Box 1, Folder 15

Report of Military Commander and Baja California Governor Francisco Vázquez on expulsion of Carranza military from northern Baja California 1914 March 3

General note

Ensenada. Vázquez mentions that he managed to disperse the forces of Carranza, with many of them escaping to the United States. Telegram of Aureliano Blanquet confirming he got the message. Signed by Governor Francisco Vázquez.
Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence of Mayor Miguel Martínez Carmona, Francisco Vázquez, and an Undersecretary of State regarding Mexican Revolution in Baja California 1913-1914

General note

Multiple letters. Important message from the consulate in El Paso, Texas, in which he says that he has reasons to believe that the rebels will once again attack the Port of Guaymas in Sonora. To take defensive measure, Pedro Torres was commissioned to recruit people in Phoenix and in Arizona. Also, he says another attack in Baja California is expected. Of Carranza, the letter adds that little is known about him, only that he is headed to Chihuahua. Also, Pesqueira and Obregon will pretend to form a column to penetrate in Tepic and take Jalisco, but before that they are heading to Cananea to grab provisions and ammunitions. Dated December 29, 1913. Letter from the governor of BC, Francisco Vázquez, telling that he is aware of the possible invasion to the territory and he is taking measures. January, 1914. Letter from the subsecretary to the governor of BC, informing that the Mexican consul in Tucson, Arizona informed that Martin Espinos is headed that way by train to go afterwards west, and he believes that this could be a movement to head to Baja California. The letter adds that in Sonora troops are preparing to go to Baja California, leaded by Lucio Blanco and Antonio Legastpi, who was born in BC. January 22, 1914. Signed letter from the governor of BC, Vazquez, informing that he received the last letter and that he is aware of a possible invasion. February 17, 1914. Letter from the Subsecretary to the governor of BC reporting the Consul from Douglas, Arizona informed that a secret meeting is taking place in Agua Prieta, presided by various rebel leaders. The nature of the meeting is unknown, but the Consul says that it's probably that the rebels, confident of the victory, deliberated about the conditions of peace and to restitute the ex-governor of Sonora who has an important message from Carranza to deliver. June 27, 1913.
Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence with Francisco Vázquez regarding subordinate's need for different train due to potential bandit ambush 1914 January

General note

Regarding subordinate's need to change trains due to potential bandit ambush. Includes signed response from Governor Vázquez.
Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence with Francisco Vázquez regarding Tirso de la Tova 1914 April

General note

Letter informs that Tirso de la Tova and Juan Marquez are recruiting people in Tecate but on the American side, to attack the State. April 11, 1914. Signed letter from the Gov. Vazquez, informing about the recruitment of soldiers in Tecate in the American side. He adds that he has taken precautions to avoid being surprised by the attack. April 11, 1914. Letter from Gov. Vazquez reporting the imminent attack from Tecate. April 11, 1914. Letter from Gov. Vazquez to Major Mendieta telling him he can permit the rebel leader Tirso de la Toba to enter to BC so he can capture him. April 13, 1914. Manuscript response from the Major Medieta reporting information given to him by some Indians who say that Tirso de la Toba is now in his campsite on the American side, but they aren't allowing any Indians to enter there. Letter from the General of Brigade, reporting he is aware that Marquez and de la Tova are recruiting people on the American side. Signed. May 11, 1914. Letter from Gov. Vazquez to Col. Juan Lojero, telling him that the Mexican consul in San Diego says the following: American soldiers are preparing to enter Baja California from a point called "Piel" near Mexicali. There are 250 men there; they have their soldiers dressed as workers. There is another point called Tecate where more troops will enter at the same time, and many soldiers are Indians. Their leader is Enrique Anaya, who is already appointed governor of Baja California. The men are well-armed. April 16, 1914. Letter from a Col. to the General saying that he is aware of the imminent invasion, and he received the communication from the Mexican Consul in Los Angeles, CA. April 29, 1914. Manuscript letter from Major Mendieta to the General Military Commander of BC, informing him that the Mexican Consul in San Diego requested that the General be informed of the American military operation to invade BC. April 16, 1914.
Box 1, Folder 19

Order of payment to the Sociedad de Irrigacion y Terrenos Baldios 1909

General note

For water services in Mexicali.

Assorted letters re: Charles Off

Box 1, Folder 20

Receipts 1917-1922

Box 1, Folder 21

Request from Charles F. Off to acquire land southwest of Mexicali 1909-1910

General note

Signed letter from Charles F. Off, American citizen from Los Angeles, CA, to the governor of BC, requesting permission to acquire borderlands southwest from Mexicali. The lands are forbidden to foreigners because of their proximity with the border. August 21, 1909. Copy to the secretary. Letter from Brigadier General Robert Wankowski to the governor of BC, speaking well of Charles Off. Letterhead from the Headquarter First Brigade National Guard of California Los Angeles. Calexico, CA. 1909. Letter of recommendation from Edward Dool, from Beach & Dool, Imperial Valler Lands in California & Mexico. 1909. Letter of recommendation from H.M. Sale, from Western Wholesale Drug. Co. Los Angeles, 1909. Letter from the sub secretary granting permission to acquire the lands. 1910.
Box 1, Folder 22

Juan J. Jaussaud land acquisition request 1907

General note

Request for land in borderlands of Baja California usually restricted from foreign ownership. Includes letters and documents related to case, including from judge stating that Jaussaud had been convicted for the crime of contraband (illegal export of herd of cattle) years earlier.
Box 1, Folder 23

Ferdina Renaud land acquisition request 1907

General note

Request for land in borderlands of northern Baja California. 6 letters. Signed by the subprefecto Molina and Officer Martinez, directed to the governor of BC. The last letter states the President of Mexico has granted permission.
Box 1, Folder 24

Moses B. Davis land acquisition request 1909

General note

Request for land in borderlands of Baja California usually restricted from foreign ownership. Copies and manuscript letter from the Officer Terrazas. Reply from Davis and attached letters of recommendation, informing that Mr. Davis has some business related to tobacco and liquors. Permission grant signed by the sub-secretary of BC, February 1910, to acquire the land.
Box 1, Folder 25

Albert Casner land acquisition request 1910

General note

Request for land in borderlands of Baja California usually restricted from foreign ownership. Casner states he has recommendations of the First Bank of Calexico and Calexico National Bank from California. With copies. Letter from the Mexican Consul in Calexico, CA, saying that he will search for references of Mr. Casner. Signed. Letter from the Subprefecto Terrazas saying that Mr. Casner is from Texas. Letter from the Mexican Consul in Calexico attaching letter of reference regarding Mr. Casner: Letter from H.H. Griswold saying that he doesn't know Mr. Casner, from Imperial Valley Farm Lands, Calexico. Other 6 letters of reference all from Calexico: Reynolds Realty, Shenk Reynolds Realty, Calexico National Bank, The Calexico Chronicle, Compañia del Ferrocarril Inter-California, Calexico Savings Bank. Letter from the Despacho de Relaciones Exteriores saying that the President of Mexico has granted the permission.

Documents re: mining, and letters re: land acquisition

Box 1, Folder 26

Mining documents ca. 1888-1905

Box 1, Folder 27

Mines register for Baja California undated

General note

Many foreign and American names.
Box 1, Folder 28

Mine sales register 1888-1914

General note

Includes buyer and seller names and additional notes.
Box 1, Folder 29

Correspondence regarding land acquisition requests 1903-1907

General note

Mostly from American citizens.
Box 1, Folder 30

Juan Storchi mine acquisition request 1906

Box 1, Folder 31

Western Mining Directory Co. request for information on Baja California mines 1904

General note

Includes an attached brochure of mines in BC and a list of mines.
Box 1, Folder 32

Baja California mining industry statistics 1903

General note

Contains a list of mines and owners.

Files and documents re: Real del Castillo

Box 1, Folder 33

Letter regarding land in northern Baja California 1862 December 8

General note

San Francisco, directed to Agustin Mansilla y Gaboa in San Diego, California.
Box 1, Folder 34

Real del Castillo petition to judge regarding unfair ruling 1870 October 8

General note

Signed by petitioners.
Box 1, Folder 35

Letter from Ambrosio del Castillo 1873 February 11

General note

Castillo states he was the first one who discovered a gold mine in Real del Castillo, and that it was because of him that the town was founded. References litigation about land he claims was wrongfully sold by an Indian without his consent.
Box 1, Folder 36

Documentation regarding founding of town of Real del Castillo 1870

General note

"Expediente relativo a la fundacion del pueblo del Real del Castillo".
Box 1, Folder 37

Index of lots in Real del Castillo 1886-1887

General note

Includes an attached file of land requests. Includes American names listed as land owners.
Box 1, Folder 38

Documentation regarding the legal fund of Real del Castillo 1869

General note

"Dispocision del ayuntamiento para que se mida el fundo legal del Pueblo del Real del Castillo". Includes sketch of town square area.
Box 1, Folder 39

D. Raymundo Yorba land acquisition request in San Rafael Valley 1874

Box 1, Folder 40

List of contributions for festivities in San Rafael undated

Box 1, Folder 41

Statement on land distribution to new settlers in Real del Castillo 1874

Box 1, Folder 42

Instructions for Real del Castillo police circa 1871

Box 1, Folder 43

Proceedings and resolutions of Santo Tomas 1870

Box 1, Folder 44

Real del Castillo local taxes and fees 1872

Box 1, Folder 45

Real del Castillo treasury report 1872

Box 1, Folder 46

Applications for urban lots in Real del Castillo 1871

Box 1, Folder 47

Real del Castillo administrative records 1873

General note

Public instruction, crime, escaped criminals, and resident complaints.
Box 2, Folder 1

Statements relating to D. Raymundo Yorba request 1877 August 1

Box 2, Folder 2

Blank Real del Castillo land request form 1880s


Signed documents and letters

Box 2, Folder 3

Signed documents and letters 1856-1867

Box 2, Folder 4

Letter from Jose Maria Gomez 1856

General note

Governor of Baja California. Regarding the measures that must be taken in the shorelines and roads, due to an impending pirate attack and invasion on the territory.
Box 2, Folder 5

Decree by Teodoro Riverol regarding foreign resident registration 1861 May 13

General note

References a broadside requiring registration of foreigners.
Box 2, Folder 6

Letter from Teodoro Riverol requesting a report about forces in the State 1861

Box 2, Folder 7

Decree by Manuel Clemente Rojo regarding vagrants 1867 November 9

General note

Governor of Baja California.
Box 2, Folder 8

Letter from José María Villagrana regarding the movement of a "subjefatura" 1874

General note

Governor of Baja California.
Box 2, Folder 9

Letter from Cecilio Zerega 1868 May 12

General note

Governor of Baja California. Granting permission to Mr. Pompa to go to the Island of Guadalupe to explore.

Letters and official correspondence regarding civil cases, concerns, and policy

Box 2, Folder 10

Letters and official correspondence regarding civil cases, concerns, and policy ca. 1848-1890

Box 2, Folder 11

Francisco Osborne letter requesting Mexican citizenship 1871 May 16

General note

Osborne married a Mexican and served 5 years in the Mexican Navy: he served with the Mexicans against the French invasion.
Box 2, Folder 12

Letter from Juan José, Governor of Loreto 1849

General note

Letter notifying of escaped murder convict, who escaped to the borderlands guided by an Indian. Request to all towns to apprehend him dead or alive. On the letter are written replies of the governors, informing that they haven't seen the convict.
Box 2, Folder 13

Authorization to exploit a copper mine to an American company 1861

General note

Authorization to the Burton family dictates that mine may be exploited tax-free.
Box 2, Folder 14

James Ritchey letter requesting Mexican citizenship 1864 October 15

General note

Ritchey is an American citizen.
Box 2, Folder 15

Letter from Pedro Navarrete 1864 May 25

General note

States that Baja California has captured the attention of the residents of California and that they want to emigrate. He notes that they should foment the emigration, but to be careful to select properly to defend the State and the frontier.
Box 2, Folder 16

Circular regarding social registry in Baja California 1861 August 8

General note

Signed by Teodor Riverol, Governor of Baja California.
Box 2, Folder 17

Circular regarding postal practices 1868

Box 2, Folder 18

Announcement of impending invasion and war with Spain 1861

General note

Includes requests to Baja California to send a list of men 16 years and older that could serve to defend the country. Also notes that foreigners living in the land can serve if they choose. Also requests information about available weaponry. Signed by Governor Teodoro Riverol.
Box 2, Folder 19

Notice regarding American soldier who deserted and order of apprehension 1864

General note

Includes description of items stolen by soldier from the US Army.
Box 2, Folder 20

Court records, Santo Tomas 1857

General note

1 file of 66p.

Election documents, Municipal records, miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 21

Election documents, Municipal records, miscellaneous 1856-1872

General note

8 sheets.
Box 2, Folder 22

untitled 1912 May 9

Box 2, Folder 23

Actas y Acuerdos 1856


Papers re: ship Newbern and outbreak of yellow fever, court papers, and copper mine documents notarized in San Francisco

Box 2, Folder 24

Papers re: ship Newbern and outbreak of yellow fever, court papers, and copper mine documents notarized in San Francisco 1875-1898

General note

37 sheets.
Box 2, Folder 25

untitled 1881

Box 2, Folder 26

Extradition and internment treaty, passports for US citizens, Indians apprehended 1851-1865

General note

7 sheets.
Box 2, Folder 27

Indian revolts 1860-1865

General note

5 sheets.

Courthouse records, Indian land claims on ex-mission property

Box 2, Folder 28

Courthouse records, Indian land claims on ex-mission property 1864-1871

General note

11 sheets.
Box 2, Folder 29

Libro de minutos ó Borradores 1856

Box 2, Folder 30

untitled 1861


Land deeds (including manuscript map), letter from Com. Pesquisidora, criminal reports (one regarding Captain Ross), Civil Registry documents

Box 2, Folder 31

Land deeds (including manuscript map), letter from Com. Pesquisidora, criminal reports (one regarding Captain Ross), Civil Registry documents 1856-1892

General note

20 sheets.
Box 2, Folder 32

Escrituras Publicas 1870

Box 2, Folder 33

untitled 1857

Box 2, Folder 34

Concesion de suertes de tierra 1867

Box 2, Folder 35

untitled 1867


Decrees, property documents, and court papers

General note

Decreed land donation in exchange of founding a colony, 1857; deposition regarding property belonging to Sargento Arce, 1852; land deeds, including some given by Pio Pico, unsigned; land deed 1831; documents regarding Rosarito, 1856; 1850 court papers; borderlands land deeds, 1844. 6 sheets.
Box 2, Folder 36

Decrees, property documents, and court papers 1857-1869

Box 2, Folder 37

untitled 1858

Box 2, Folder 38

Titulos y Posesiones 1831

Box 2, Folder 39

untitled 1855

Box 2, Folder 40

Libro de Posesiones de Terrenos 1859

Box 2, Folder 41

Copia certificada del Espedien 1858

Box 2, Folder 42

Copias de documentos relation a terrenos de la ex-Mision de Santo Tomas 1856

Box 2, Folder 43

Posecion dada alos Señores Apoderados 1857 May 22

Box 2, Folder 44

Titulo de propriedad de una Puerte del tierra agraria 1870

Box 2, Folder 45

Jefatura Policia de la Frontera Norte de la Baja California 1866

Box 2, Folder 46

Libro de Poseciones de Suertes de Tierra 1869-1870

Box 2, Folder 47

untitled 1850

Box 2, Folder 48

untitled 1856-1858

Box 3, Folder 1

untitled 1856

Box 3, Folder 2

Expediente de un solar en Santo Tomas 1851

Box 3, Folder 3

Posesion del paraje nombrado "San Jose" 1836 June 22

Box 3, Folder 4

Titulos y posesiones de los habitantes de la Frontera 1846

Box 3, Folder 5

untitled 1856

Box 3, Folder 6

Document re: Baron Milatobich disallowed in territory due to smallpox epidemic; various court papers 1863-1879

General note

7 sheets.
Box 3, Folder 7

Court documents, criminal cases 1850-1888

General note

56 sheets.

Court documents, and document regarding 1848 earthquake in Loreto

General note

Court documents involving criminal cases (many involving Indians); inquiry documents from Com. Pesquisidora; letter sent to José María de Hijar; American citizens guilty of fraud who fled onboard a ship.
Box 3, Folder 8

Court documents, and document regarding 1848 earthquake in Loreto 1848-1874

Box 3, Folder 9

Juzgado Constitucional del Partido 1872-1874

Box 3, Folder 10

Court documents Frontera de Santo Tomas 1852

General note

1 file of 12p.
Box 3, Folder 11

Military decrees, National Guard and military commander letters 1840-1864

General note

6 sheets.
Box 3, Folder 12

Decree from La Paz stating Benito Juárez is President of México, criminal court letters, and 1867 election documents 1861-1867

General note

80 sheets.
Box 3, Folder 13

untitled 1867

Box 3, Folder 14

Broadsides and assorted military documents 1842-1862

General note

Broadsides: Benito Juarez Puebla, 1862; Amnesty Law 1853; Indians exempted of military service, signed Tornel; 1856 signed Lerdo de Tejada sale of church property; mail delivery, 1862; Lino Alcorta, 1853; signed Tornel relating to the army; letters including military commander in Frontera 1842; 1856 American bandits (27 sheets).
Box 3, Folder 15

Military command documents 1856

General note

1 file

Peace court documents, misc. court documents, and 1907 border between San Telmo and Santo Tomás

General note

Court documents include affairs of American citizens and post office documents.
Box 3, Folder 16

Circular signed by Pedro Duarte undated

Box 3, Folder 17

Minutas 1856

Box 3, Folder 18

Titulos por despachar 1870

Box 3, Folder 19


Box 3, Folder 20

Sumarias de los Juzgados de Paz 1855

Box 3, Folder 21

Cuestión saber límites entro las Seciones del San Tomas 1901

Box 3, Folder 22

Libro de minutas 1870

Box 3, Folder 23

untitled 1871 March 16

Box 3, Folder 24

Titulo de propriedad 1869

Box 3, Folder 25

Titulo de propriedad 1870

Box 3, Folder 26

Libro de borradores 1856

Box 3, Folder 27

Precidencia Municipal 1871

Box 3, Folder 28

Libro de minutas 1870

Box 3, Folder 29

Court documents 1854

General note

1 file.

Documents from elections, including ballots and records

Box 3, Folder 30

1892 election records 1892

Box 3, Folder 31

Election ballots 1892

Box 4, Folder 1-9

Election ballots 1892


San Francisco contract and other documents

Box 4, Folder 10

San Francisco contract and other documents 1864-1909

General note

6 sheets.
Box 4, Folder 11

Medidas de los terrenos undated

Box 4, Folder 12

Informacion ad perpetuam 1860

Box 4, Folder 13

untitled 1870


Land grants, criminal cases and 1860 governor's election, misc. municipal and Indian affairs documents

General note

Includes document relating to the division of the district into 2 parts, due to it being too extensive for only one courthouse, 1862. 27 sheets.
Box 4, Folder 14

Land grants, criminal cases and 1860 governor's election, misc. municipal and Indian affairs documents 1856-1877

Box 4, Folder 15

Expediente de Comunicaciones 1874

Box 4, Folder 16

untitled 1877

Box 4, Folder 17

untitled 1852

Box 4, Folder 18

untitled undated


Town Hall records Real del Castillo

Box 4, Folder 19

Town Hall records Real del Castillo 1874-1875

General note

1 sheet.
Box 4, Folder 20

Libro de minutas 1873-1874


Documents regarding the settlement of a company involved in raising goats between Landrum Butterfield and Ignacio Pompa

Box 4, Folder 21

Documents regarding the settlement of a company involved in raising goats between Landrum Butterfield and Ignacio Pompa 1873

General note

2 sheets.
Box 4, Folder 22

Liquidacion de una Compania 1873

Box 4, Folder 23

Land deeds regarding lands that belonged to Misión de San Miguel o Misión Vieja 1860

General note

1 file
Box 4, Folder 24

Manuscript letter 1871

General note

Regarding a decree of President Juarez concerning elections in Baja California, especially in places where there aren't democratically elected municipalities.
Box 4, Folder 25

Contracts to exploit railroad lines and vapor steamship 1912

Box 4, Folder 26

File by Colonel Francisco Vazquez re: occupation of the "Flume" on the Colorado River, with orders; Itinerary of troops from Ensenada to Mexicali 1911-1912

General note

Troop itineraries by Francisco Vazquez (1911) and Captain Cervantes (1912), signed with map.
Box 5, Folder 1

Compañia de Tierras y Aguas de la Baja California (occupied by Mexican settlers), with photographs and maps; irrigation survey 1926

General note

Photographs are interesting and extensive, showing agricultural production. Folded map includes lands in Baja irrigated with water by the Colorado River. Includes tables showing canals used by persons with American and Chinese names, and irrigable land.

1923 Tecate map; misc. Tecate letters and documents; 1910 Proclamation against Madero and in favor of Porfirio Díaz and Ramón Corral, by the Municipal President of The Northern District of Baja California, Ensenada

Box 5, Folder 2

1923 Tecate map; misc. Tecate letters and documents; 1910 Proclamation against Madero and in favor of Porfirio Díaz and Ramón Corral, by the Municipal President of The Northern District of Baja California, Ensenada 1877-1929

Box 5, Folder 3

Le propone ála Tria del ramo al C. Paulino Uribe 1905

Box 5, Folder 4

Colonia de Tecate 1913

Box 5, Folder 5

Pader Otorgado á Francisco Argüello 1870

Box 5, Folder 6

El Juez de Paz de Tecate 1899

Box 5, Folder 7

Uribe Paulino. - Denuncia Que Hace En Contra de Manuel Vizcarra 1912

Box 5, Folder 8

Agrupacion Benefica Mexicana 1913

Box 5, Folder 9

La Tria del ramo 1903

Box 5, Folder 10

File re: reelection of governor Próspero Cahuantzi, Distrito Norte del Territorio de Baja California 1909

Box 5, Folder 11

Población de Tijuana, proyectos de cambiarla a un sitio diferente, etc. Ensenada 1910

General note

Documents concerning a project to move the city of Tijuana next to the international border with the US. Apparently, this initiative was proposed by a group of American citizens.
Box 5, Folder 12

Mexico census 1900


Proclamation recognizing Francisco Madero as President, Ensenada; two additional legal files

Box 5, Folder 13

Proclamation recognizing Francisco Madero as President, Ensenada; two additional legal files 1911

Box 5, Folder 14

José Rosas Villanicencia 1907

Box 5, Folder 15

Dotacion de Fondos Municipales 1916

Box 5, Folder 16

untitled 1907


Telegrams and reports re: the 1915 Mexican "Convención," with reports on battles in Northern Mexico; includes broadside, "Contestación que el Sr. Gral Villa da a la nota Norte Americana"

Box 5, Folder 17

Telegrams and reports re: the 1915 Mexican "Convención," with reports on battles in Northern Mexico; includes broadside, "Contestación que el Sr. Gral Villa da a la nota Norte Americana" 1915

General note

Villa addresses President Wilson in the text of the broadside.
Box 5, Folder 18

El Señor Agente Confidencial del Gobierno Provisional de Mexico en Washington 1915 July 14

Box 5, Folder 19

Poder Ejecutivo de la Nación 1915

Box 5, Folder 20

Periodico Oficial 1915

Box 5, Folder 21

Statistical information from Ensenada and Rancho San Vicente, requested by the Departamento de Estado Mayor de la Secretaría de Guerra 1917


Legal files concerning several ranchos in Baja California

Box 5, Folder 22

Legal files concerning several ranchos in Baja California undated

Box 5, Folder 23

Postal map from Tijuana to Mexicali 1918

Box 5, Folder 24

Correspondence regarding construction of Mexicali post office 1917-1918

Box 5, Folder 25

Correspondence and records regarding postal services in Mexicali 1918-1919

General note

Includes postal route maps.
Box 5, Folder 26

Contract for construction of a railway line 1913

General note

"San Diego y Arizona de Tijuana a Jacumba" line.
Box 5, Folder 27

Decree to establish post office in Ensenada 1905

Box 5, Folder 28

Letter regarding request by John D. Spreckels 1912 May 24

General note

Request to transport dynamite from US to Mexico.
Box 6, Folder 1

Petition to establish steamboat postline between San Diego and Ensenada 1915-1916

General note

Petition made by American citizen. Files includes telegrams, typed letters and reports, handwritten letters and a copy of the original contract.
Box 6, Folder 2

Correspondence regarding attack on Mexicali post office 1908

Box 6, Folder 3

Taxation records for Ensenada, Tijuana, Tecate, Alamo and Real del Castillo 1903-1904

Box 6, Folder 4

Correspondence and decrees regarding crimes and sentencing of Rosendo Rodriguez 1910-1913

Box 6, Folder 5

Mexicali post office communications 1912

Box 6, Folder 6

Mexicali post office correspondence and decrees 1904-1935

Box 6, Folder 7

Judgment of intestacy of Manuel Machado 1914-1922

Box 6, Folder 8

Tangado civil proceedings 1893

Box 6, Folder 9

File: Letter from the Consul of Saint Louis, expressing need for more supervision in BC due to reports of illicit gun sales of guns. Responses from various municipalities, including Tijuana 1907

General note

Includes a reference to Colt company agents.
Box 6, Folder 10

Report to the Secretary of Interior from the Political Chief of the State 1903-1904

General note

Includes mining tables, population, industrial data, telephone, telegraph (line extension by the Peninsular Railway and Telegraph Company); includes a census with information on "Mexicans, foreigners, Indians." Crime data: includes data of cases and circumstances of extradition to the US. Signed by the political Chief. Includes file with 250 questions about statistics, with their responses.

File on various subjects: sale of lands, appointments by the Governor, projects for infrastructure construction, business improvement requests

General note

Some documents signed by the Governor of BC, Esteban Cantú Jiménez.
Box 6, Folder 11

File on various subjects: sale of lands, appointments by the Governor, projects for infrastructure construction, business improvement requests 1919-1920

Box 6, Folder 12

Ayuntamiento de Mexicali 1920 June 12

Box 6, Folder 13

Circular del C. Lic Saturnino Urias 1917 February 7

Box 6, Folder 14

untitled 1909 August 7

Box 6, Folder 15

Establecimiento Temporal del Gobierno Politico y Militar 1916 June 28


Files on matrimony (including US citizens), industry, and infrastructure development

Box 6, Folder 16

Files on matrimony (including US citizens), industry, and infrastructure development 1903, 1914-1916

Box 6, Folder 17

Proyecto del Plan de Propios y Adbitrios 1925

Box 6, Folder 18

La Compania al Terrenos 1892

Box 6, Folder 19

Actas foraneas de Presentación y Matrimo 1906

Box 6, Folder 20

Datos relativos a la Esta distica industrial remitidos 1904

Box 6, Folder 21

El Juez del Registro Civil 1909

Box 6, Folder 22

Reports of the land concessions in Santo Tomas and el Rosarito 1866-1870

General note

Includes the name of the owner and additional information, etc. With some foreign and American names.
Box 6, Folder 23

Letters by the newly appointed governors of various states of the Republic by the "Ejercito Constitucionalista," most signed, with responses 1916

Box 6, Folder 24

Ten issues of the Diario Oficial 1910-1912


Plan of the roads in BC, 1937; Inventories of records for 1907-1913

Box 6, Folder 25

Plan of roads in Baja California; Inventories of records 1937

Box 6, Folder 26

Inventario de los expedientes formados por esta Secretaria 1907

Box 6, Folder 27

Inventario de los expedientes 1913

Box 6, Folder 28

Extracto 1910

Box 6, Folder 29

Assorted documents re: gambling and cantinas 1909-1911

General note

Includes: Requests by an American, owner of a gambling house, to introduce new gambling games. File: tables of gambling houses with the allowed games and liquor stores. Names of the owners: almost entirely American and foreigners. File: letters concerning about the obligatory movement of various "Cantinas" to a designated area in Mexicali. It includes a letter from an American owner claiming business is a tavern that is complemented with the business of "libertinaje" (prostitution, most likely), she claims that her business can't be moved.
Box 7, Folder 1

File re: establishment, payment of taxes and selling of business in Mexicali 1912

General note

Includes mostly Chinese and American names
Box 7, Folder 2

Inventory of the records, with extracts, divided in the sectors: "Gobernacion, Fomento, Comunicaciones Hacienda, Relaciones, Justicia" 1906

Box 7, Folder 3

Requests for carrying guns, with photographs of the solicitant, describing the desired weapon and reasons to support the request 1914

General note

Includes many American names.
Box 7, Folder 4

Letters re: Chinese labor in Mexicali 1910

General note

Letter from the Mexican Consul in Calexico, CA, to the Governor of Baja California concerning a request by Thomas Daly, secretary of the Imperial Valley Land & Irrigation Company of Lower California. The company has acquired many lands in Mexicali, and inquires if it would be possible to get 300 or 400 Chinese workers for the cotton fields. The consul adds that the area in question is mostly unpopulated, situated in the delta of the Colorado River, that he would prefer to use Mexican workers over Chinese ones. Includes response by the governor, saying that he can easily get the Chinese workers; he expresses that he would like too for Mexican workers have that job, but there aren't enough in that district.

Miscellaneous letters and files

General note

Information about the finding of a Chinese man strapped to a bed, 1911. Further letters about the investigation of the case and the person (his boss), also Chinese, who kept him captive. Various letters and files about establishment of business (some gambling houses). Includes a rent contact between the Colorado River Land Company and a Japanese resident, 1935.
Box 7, Folder 5

Miscellaneous letters and files 1894-1936

Box 7, Folder 6

Colorado River Land Co. 1923

General note

Complaint of the Colorado River Land Company, regarding the illicit occupation of some of their land by A.H. Hobbs, American, who established a hunting club there.
Box 7, Folder 7

El Sub-Prefecto de Mexicali 1917

Box 7, Folder 8

Porfirio Diaz broadside about the "Ley sobre Pesas y Medidas" 1905

Box 7, Folder 9

File: Request of Domingo Scarpetta, representative of the Catholic church in that district, for the government supply him a water intake for his church and lands, Ensenada 1900

General note

Includes responses and resolution.
Box 7, Folder 10

Various letters re: the value of the lands of various ranches, the administration of the Sociedad de Irrigacion y Terrenos de la Baja California (listing of American executives), etc ca. 1900-1910

Box 7, Folder 11

Plan of the "Cañada de Tecate," requested by Jose Mogort undated

General note

On the "extension of five sites for cattle."
Box 7, Folder 12

Military decrees related to the Mexican Revolution 1914

General note

Includes a decree that notes that when someone is captured and claims that he is foreigner, he should be detained in site until he can prove his claim.
Box 7, Folder 13

Newspaper clippings and translations from various San Diego, CA newspapers, mostly on news about Porfirio Diaz and the social revolts 1910

Box 7, Folder 14

Assorted letters 1850-1867

General note

Manuscript letter: regarding the establishment of the municipal government of the northern frontier in Santo Thomas, 1867. Letters claim that it is impossible to establish in Santo Thomas, because the land is deserted, and there aren't houses suitable, 1862. Letter about the introduction of goods from Alta California, 1867. File: manuscript letters from the Governor of BC, Jose Castro, regarding land concessions and other matters. Various letters from 1850-1860, different subjects: justice, religious freedom, etc.

Documents and reports (some handwritten) concerning the opening of cantinas and gambling houses in Mexicali and Ensenada

Box 7, Folder 15

Documents and reports (some handwritten) concerning the opening of cantinas and gambling houses in Mexicali and Ensenada 1909-1911

Box 7, Folder 16

untitled 1909

Box 7, Folder 17

untitled 1909


Blueprints and miscellaneous documents

General note

Folding blueprint titled: "Mapa del distrito norte de la Baja California Zona-Lat 32 A La línea Internacional. Del plano del Ing. R. W. Leman y corregido con datos proporcionados por el depositario de la Cia. Mexicana de Terrenos y Colonización. Ing. David Goldbaum," undated. File: "Comisión Americana en estudio de las cuestión de aguas del Río Colorado. Orden para facilitarles los trabajos." Permits granted for the American commission to study the Colorado River in Mexican territory, 1910. File: "Manifiesto a la nación del Col Comandante Militar y Gobernador del Distrito Norte de B. Calif" Other documents relating to a contract for cotton industry and water reservoir of a local dam.
Box 7, Folder 18

Blueprints and miscellaneous documents 1907-1921

Box 7, Folder 19

Manifiesto a la Nación 1915

General note

Manifest by the governor of Baja California regarding the "Convención"
Box 7, Folder 20

Censo de Tomas de agua potable en Ensenada 1901

Box 7, Folder 21

Comision Americana en estadio de la Cuestión de aguas 1910

Box 7, Folder 22

Appointment of a colonization agent in Ensenada 1906

Box 7, Folder 23

Decree signed by Estaban Cantú, on the appointment of judges and notaries 1916

Box 7, Folder 24

Handwritten and signed letter by José María Villagrana, Real del Castillo 1873 May 8


Cuadros Relativos Al Movimiento General Que Han Tenido Los Terrenos Pertenecientes A La Federación En El Semestre Transcurrido

Box 7, Folder 25

Cuadros Relativos Al Movimiento General Que Han Tenido Los Terrenos Pertenecientes A La Federación En El Semestre Transcurrido 1911

General note

List of lands bought during the second half of 1911. Some records of lands bought by American citizens.
Box 7, Folder 26

La Jefatura Politica 1913

Box 7, Folder 27

Actitud de la Cia. Irrigadora District de Caléxico 1923

Box 7, Folder 28

File: Handwritten documents (many of them with original signatures) relative to the census of 1910 in Baja California 1910

General note

Includes a copy of the census in which it is included the towns and cities that existed in Baja California, and the number of inhabitants residing in each of them.
Box 7, Folder 29

Map of the city of Tecate (1931?); File entitled, "Padrón general de los habitantes de la sección de Tecate" 1892 census

General note

Census includes name, age, marital status and nationality of the residents of Tecate.

Assorted files

General note

Statistical documents relative to railroads, telephone and telegraphs in Baja California. With some handwritten letters. File: Concerning the trial of a Mexican citizen.
Box 8, Folder 1

Telegram and circular 1889, 1904

Box 8, Folder 2

Noticias estradisticas sobre ferro-carriles 1912

General note

File titled: "Noticias estadísticas sobre ferrocarriles, telégrafos y teléfonos para el año de 1911."
Box 8, Folder 3

Admin de Correos 1904

General note

File: Relative to the postal service in Baja California.
Box 8, Folder 4

Carrillo Expectacion 1909 April

Box 8, Folder 5

La Sria de Comunicaciones 1917


Blueprint of the town el Meneadero, Ensenada

Box 8, Folder 6

Blueprint of the town el Meneadero, Ensenada 1933

Box 8, Folder 7

Noticias relativas a la industria minera y metalúrgica de este distrito, correspondientes al año de 1909" with documents relative to the mining industry in Ensenada 1910

Box 8, Folder 8

Balance General de la Sociedad de Irrigación y Terrenos de la Baja California S.A. 1910

General note

Request to publish the financial balance of "Sociedad de Irrigación y terrenos" in Baja California's official journal.
Box 8, Folder 9

Misc. files, including census data 1899-1912

General note

Politica propaganda, broadsides, and newspapers relative to the municipal elections in the Northern District of Baja California, 1912. File: Documents relative to the organization of a celebration in honor of Benito Juarez, 1911. File: Census of all the ranches, towns, mining stations and ports in Baja California. Also includes the principal economic activity of each town, 1907-1910.
Box 8, Folder 10

Manifiestos y exitativas publicados con motivo de las elecciones Municipales 1911

General note

File: "Manifiestos y exitativas publicados con motivo de las elecciones municipales".
Box 8, Folder 11

"El Comite Patrioteco Permanente" 1911

Box 8, Folder 12

Division territorial del Distrito Norte de la Baja California 1910

Box 8, Folder 13

Table of people who owe taxes of urban and rural lands, and for patent rights, Ensenada 1917-1918

General note

Includes American names.
Box 8, Folder 14

Pronouncement from the council of BC, giving their support to President Porfirio Diaz in the midst of the "Anti-Releccionistas" revolts 1910 December 2

General note

File includes communications with different States over the same subject, and various broadsides of the "Anti-Releccionistas" revolts.

Statistical data of agriculture of Tecate with folded tables

Box 8, Folder 15

Notice regarding National Museum of Archaeology appointment 1911

Box 8, Folder 16

Diario Oficial 1902-1903

Box 8, Folder 17

Estadística sobre Agricultura y sus producciones naturales 1903


Inventory of the records of the "Jefatura Politica del Distrito Norte"

Box 8, Folder 18

Inventory of the records of the "Jefatura Politica del Distrito Norte" 1910

Box 8, Folder 19

Noticias rendidas a la Jefatura 1903

Box 8, Folder 20

El Juez de Distrito del Territorio 1903

Box 8, Folder 21

Ley de Dotación de Fondos Municipales undated

Box 8, Folder 22

Miscellaneous files 1911

General note

Files on various subjects, including a letter from an American citizen requesting lands; letter from the American embassy, requesting any information about the whereabouts of the American citizen Baldemar Bladm who is supposedly part of the filibusters, etc. gang of Jack Fondon.
Box 8, Folder 23

Miscellaneous letters and documents re: gambling and taverns in Mexicali 1908-1912

General note

Letter: Signed letter by the Governor of BC, Celso Vega, giving permission to an American to run gambling business in Mexicali, 1910. Various letters requesting permission to open various business: gambling houses, cock fights, liquor stores, etc. 1908-1909 in Mexicali. American names. Typed letter from the Governor of BC, regarding the propagation of the gambling houses and taverns that have increased vice. Decree about various regulations and prohibitions (that include "public dances") on those subjects, 1912. Typed letter from the Governor of BC, concerning the dire situation of Mexicali. He notes that after the most recent filibuster invasion, most Mexican families have left, leaving mostly American citizens. He mentions that it is dominated by taverns, gambling houses and brothels, and Spanish is seldom spoken. He mentions the same tendency in Tijuana, etc. 1912. Manuscript letter with signatures of various American tavern owners, regarding new laws. Mexicali, 1912.
Box 8, Folder 24

File on land tax collection 1904-1905

General note

Includes the location, cattle, borders, etc. With some American properties listed.
Box 8, Folder 25

Letter from B. Barreiro, to Esteban Cantú re: low quality and monopolist supply of ice from the US 1917-1918

General note

Author notes that the product doesn't even comply with the regulations of the Calexico sanitary commission. Barreiro asks for some concessions to establish his own refrigeration plant in BC. Mexicali; includes list of equipment and material needed for the plant. Response from the government conceding some of the concessions. Signed responses by the governor Cantú. Further governmental communications indicating that Mr. Barreiro tricked the government, because he was really working for the interests of the Calexico refrigeration and ice plant and finally sold the plant to the Americans.

Miscellaneous documents

General note

File: draft of resolutions from Real del Castillo, 1877-1880. File: list of the inventory of the store of A. Sanders, Santo Tomas, 1870. Various letters: including the apprehension of a criminal that got drunk and confessed burning a bridge during the Mexican revolution, ca. 1917.
Box 8, Folder 26

Miscellaneous documents 1917

Box 8, Folder 27

Minutas 1877-1880

Box 8, Folder 28

Inventario de los existencias de los tienda 1870

Box 8, Folder 29

Padron Profesiones 1899-1900

Box 8, Folder 30

C. Trio del T. Ayuntamiento Ensenada 1907


Miscellaneous railway documents and files, Inter-California Railroad and Southern Pacific

General note

Broadside regarding the concession of the Inter-California Railroad; the headquarters will be moved to Mexicali, 1906. File: the case of two Mexicans who were abandoned in the desert by Mr. Raisenger, the train driver of the Inter-California Railroad, because they didn't have their tickets, 1908. Map of the inter-California railroad, 1926. File: request from the Southern Pacific company for tracing a railroad line in the borderland with the US, 1903. File: Presidential concession for a line extension from Ensenada to Todos los Santos, for Southern Pacific, 1904. File: telegrams from the Southern Pacific, line constructions, 1904. File: contracts and concessions to the Southern Pacific, 1904. 15 files: Regarding railroads from American companies, contracts, concessions, telegraphs and telephone lines, etc.1905-1913.
Box 8, Folder 31

Miscellaneous railway documents and files, Inter-California Railroad and Southern Pacific 1906-1913

Box 8, Folder 32

Comunicaciones 1904

Box 8, Folder 33

Comunicaciones El Juez de Paz de Mexicali 1904

Box 8, Folder 34

untitled 1904

Box 8, Folder 35

La Sria del ramo inserta oficio de la Comunicaciones 1903

Box 8, Folder 36

El Subprefecto de Mexicali 1908

Box 8, Folder 37

Varios vecinos de Mexicali 1909

Box 8, Folder 38

Casa para Oficinos Federales en Mexicali 1918

Box 8, Folder 39

San Diego y Arizona de Tijuana a Jacumba 1916

Box 8, Folder 40

Noticia relativa a ferrocarriles 1907

Box 9, Folder 1

Noticia relativa a ferrocarriles de este Distrito 1908

Box 9, Folder 2

Noticia rendida a la Sria sobre Ferrocarriles 1905

Box 9, Folder 3

Comunicaciones 1913

Box 9, Folder 4

Ferrocarriles: La Secretaria piole informes 1914

Box 9, Folder 5

Gobernacion 1908

Box 9, Folder 6

Comunicaciones. El Ingeniero Pedro Espinosa 1905

Box 9, Folder 7

Ferro-carril Inter California 1907-1909

Box 9, Folder 8

Transito Internacional por Ferrocarril 1915

Box 9, Folder 9

Arrendamiento de Los Islotes Coronados Alberto Metra 1923

Box 9, Folder 10

Centrates celebrados por los Ferrocarriles 1929

Box 9, Folder 11

Permit granted to Donald Barker to acquire a Ranch named Guadalupe; 1922 report on the missions in Ensenada 1905, 1922


Subscription List For A Wagon Road Between Ensenada And Tijuana, Lower California

Box 9, Folder 12

Subscription List For A Wagon Road Between Ensenada And Tijuana, Lower California 1906

Box 9, Folder 13

El Capitan Lo Villena remite un croquis de las camino de Tijuana 1911

Box 9, Folder 14

2 photo negatives of maps drawn by American mining companies; Handwritten documents about giving land to Mexicans and Indians who are in the US and want to return to Mexico, in order to establish new colonies in the border line between the two countries, Tijuana ca. 1876

Box 9, Folder 15

Avisos De Clausura Marcados Con Números Del 1 Al 81, Permits granted for opening businesses (gambling houses, liquor stores etc.) and business closure notices ca. 1915

General note

Over 100 p.
Box 9, Folder 16

Manuscript parcel registry for the year 1873, with hand-drawn drawings of each parcel (lands are registered to American citizens); Appointments and other legal documents ca. 1873


Miscellaneous decrees

General note

File: Decrees appointing the cabinet ministers for the presidency of Francisco I. Madero, 1911. Decree: "El Presidente Interino de la República se ha servido dirigirme el siguiente decreto: Francisco L. De La Barra," México, mayo 27 de 1911. Decree by the interim Mexican President Francisco de la Barra, granting amnesty to all the rebels that fought against Porfirio Díaz. Broadside: "Jefatura política del Distrito Norte. Baja California. Covocatoria," 17 de Junio de 1911. Celso Vega. Call for presidential elections in Baja California. Decree: "El Presidente Interino Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, se ha servido dirigirme el siguiente decreto: " Victoriano Huerta, México, 11 de Octubre de 1913. Victoriano Huerta orders the dissolution of the Mexican congress. Other decrees and handwritten letters.
Box 9, Folder 17

Miscellaneous decrees 1911-1913

Box 9, Folder 18

untitled 1911

Box 9, Folder 19

File re: cattle brands. With 4 original drawings of cattle brands that were officially registered, and 2 other cattle brands registered without drawings 1901

Box 9, Folder 20

Two decrees and contracts regarding lands 1909-1910


Letters from Capt Justino Mendieta; misc. documents re: "filibusters"

General note

File: Detailed letter from Captain Justino Mendieta describing a combat between his forces and the filibusters, June 27, 1911. Tijuana. Includes descriptive document of the forces of Captain Mendieta involved in the fight, More letters from Captain Mendieta, describing the persecution of the filibusters and the capture of their weapons and supplies, and Mexican revolution early battles in BC against the "Magonistas." File: telegrams communications with the Governor of BC, Celso Vega, regarding the capture and imprisonment of filibusters. Among the prisoners there are some Italians and Americans; they write a letter to the governor telling him that there is no reason to keep them captive because they didn't commit crimes, 1911. Includes: Signed letters from the governor requesting their release; request to close all the taverns in Mexicali to avoid aid to the filibusters and magonistas, 1911. File: solicitation of some witnesses in Los Angeles, California for a trial of extradition of some filibusters, 1911.
Box 9, Folder 21

Letters from Capt Justino Mendieta; misc. documents re: "filibusters" 1911

Box 9, Folder 22

Operaciones de Campaña 1911

Box 9, Folder 23

Secretaría de Relaciones 1911


Statistical data and tables regarding agriculture; Land tax collection tables

Box 9, Folder 24

Statistical data and tables regarding agriculture; Land tax collection tables 1899-1913

Box 9, Folder 25

Datos sobre la Industria Agricola 1904

Box 9, Folder 26

Padron de Hornos 1899-1900

Box 9, Folder 27

Letter: appointment to a municipal school 1888


Miscellaneous files

General note

File: Rental of a house to be used as a jail. Mexicali, 1913. Includes Letter describing the reparations and improvements to the house; list of the prisoners kept in that jail, with their crimes. Many American and foreigners names. File: letter from W.T. Heffernan, Vice president of "Sociedad de Irrigacion y Terrenos de la Baja California," requesting a list of all the fines imposed to the company, 1907, Mexicali. File: appointment of police man in Mexicali and request for guns supply to them. Mexicali, 1905.
Box 9, Folder 28

Carcel de Mexicali 1913

Box 9, Folder 29

Sociedad 1908

Box 9, Folder 30

La Corporación que presido, acordó que en atención 1905


Miscellaneous letters and files

General note

Letters and documents, 1862-1911. Request for citizenship of a Russian farmer 1910, Indian revolts 1904, broadside announcing Francisco I. Madero as the new president (November 3, 1911). Letter from Gov. Teodoro Riveroll, on the citizenship granted to foreigners in BC. La Paz, 1862. Letter describing the catastrophe produced by an earthquake, Real del Castillo, 1878. Statistical table of schools in BC in the northern district, 1903. Letter from an American citizen from the Pacific Steel Company, requesting to buy a mine. 1904, Ensenada. Various letters circa 1905, about mining, appointments, etc.
Box 9, Folder 31

Miscellaneous letters and files 1862-1935

Box 9, Folder 32

Pietro Efseff, Russian farmer, citizenship request 1910

Box 9, Folder 33

Sombramiento de Director de la Escuela Oficial de la Colonia de San Ysidro 1916

Box 10, Folder 1

Illegal wireless station correspondence 1914-1915

General note

Letter from the British vice consul in Ensenada informing the governor of BC about the construction of a wireless installation in Alamo, Northern district of BC. The consul request the destruction of it, in the grounds that it violates the Mexican laws of neutrality, 1914. Letters from the government informing that they have opened an investigation and are seeking to detain the criminals. Notification of detention of several persons: J.A. Johnstone, Ernes Holly Knopp, etc. 1914. Telegram from the British vice-consul, W.D. Madden, informing that the wireless installation plant is German. Letter from W.D. Madden, who notes that the radio was used for communicating with the Imperial German warships that are in war with England. The station was hidden to seem as a mine.

Expenditure Budget for the northern district; Legal documents, most of them signed by the ex-governor, Manuel Clemente Rojo

Box 10, Folder 2

Compania Mexicana de Terrenos y Colonizacion 1916

Box 10, Folder 3

untitled 1900-1901


Legal and budget documents, police affairs, etc.

General note

File: Expenditure Budget for the northern district of BC, 1903. File: Legal documents, most of them signed by the ex-governor of BC Manuel Clemente Rojo, 1899. File: Police affairs: Mexicali, Ensenada and more, 1905.
Box 10, Folder 4

Proyecto de presupuesto 1903

Box 10, Folder 5

Cambios de Gendarmes 1905


Files re: municipal issues; communication with Cantú

General note

File: About a letter from Mr. H.T. Corey from the Sociedad de Irrigación y Terrenos de Baja California regarding the eviction of some Mexicans occupying their land. Ensenada, 1909. Communication of the governor of BC, Esteban Cantú, regarding the decrees of Venustiano Carranza: election of president, a new constitution, appointment of representatives in the States to form a constituent congress, etc. Mexicali, 1916. E. Cantú, governor of BC, calling for elections of representatives in BC, plus documents, broadsides, telegraphs on the same subject, 1916.
Box 10, Folder 6

Files re: municipal issues; communication with Cantú 1916

Box 10, Folder 7

Lanzamientos de personas en terrenos de Mexicali 1909

Box 10, Folder 8

Cambio de gendarmes en el destacamento de este distrito, on police officers in Mexicali 1906

Box 10, Folder 9

Ramo de Agricultura y Fomento. Solicitud de extranjeros pidiendo tierras, relating to the purchase of lands by American citizens 1927

General note

Approx. 24 p.
Box 10, Folder 10

Presupuesto de egresos del ayuntamiento de este distrito norte para el año de 1904 y anteriores, Expenditure budget 1903

Box 10, Folder 11

Translations of American newspaper articles and other documents 1911

Box 10, Folder 12

Contract for establishing a railway line in California 1887

Box 10, Folder 13

Nombramientos expedidos por esta jefatura en favor de Indígenas 1910

General note

Official appointments for Indians.
Box 10, Folder 14

Consulta sobre si las compañías colonizadoras y colonos deben pagar las contribuciones que se estableció en la Baja Cal. 1894-1895

General note

Mostly handwritten documents and letters relative to taxes for settlers in Baja California. References to the lands adjacent to the border with the United States.
Box 10, Folder 15

Registro de predios urbanos 1888-1889

General note

Registry of urban properties in Baja California.

File: Request for the closing of a federal road in Valle de San Rafael

General note

An American citizen requests the closing of a road that passes through his lands in Mexico. Includes 2 hand-drawn maps of the valley of San Rafael.
Box 10, Folder 16

Request for the closing of a federal road in Valle de San Rafael photocopies undated

Box 10, Folder 17

El Sr. A. E. Babcok Solicita se le autorire cerrar algunos caminos 1905


Misc. files on war skirmishes, military operations, etc.

General note

File: Military operations in Mexicali. Handwritten and typed letters and documents. File: Claim by San Lee, a Chinese citizen, against a group of "filibusters" that damaged his property. File: Report on the combat that took place on the ranch of "little" between the Mexican forces and filibuster forces commanded by Stanley Williams. In this report, Stanley Williams is said to be wounded. Dated September 27 of 1911, with some handwritten letters. File: Report on the combat that took place on La Rosalia, August 29 of 1911. File: "Instalación de la Sociedad Llamada Defensores de la Integridad Nacional". Creation of the league of "Defensores de la Integridad Nacional" whose objective was to defend Baja California against the Filibuster invasions from the US.
Box 10, Folder 18

Misc. files on war skirmishes, military operations, etc. 1905-1911

Box 10, Folder 19

Parte y relacion del Coronel M. May 1911

Box 10, Folder 20

Parte del Coronel del 5th Batallion de Santa Rosalia 1911

Box 10, Folder 21

Aduana en Algodones. Se participon á Gobernación 1911

Box 10, Folder 22

San Lee, subdito chino 1911

Box 10, Folder 23

Marcha a Mexicali 1911

Box 10, Folder 24

Instalación de la Sociedad llamada "Defensores de la Integridad Nacional" 1911

Box 11, Folder 1

Limit dispute between the states of Sonora and Baja California, with map 1939


Handwritten statistical charts of many towns in Baja California, including Arteaga, San Buenaventura, Cuatro Ciénagas, Juárez, Matamoros de la Laguna, etc.

General note

Many folded tables in poor condition.
Box 11, Folder 2

Handwritten statistical charts of many towns in Baja California 1902

Box 11, Folder 3

Estadistica de Abasolo 1902

Box 11, Folder 4

Estadistica de Arteaga 1902

Box 11, Folder 5

Estadistica de San Buenaventura 1902

Box 11, Folder 6

Estadistica de Cuatro Cienegas 1902

Box 11, Folder 7

Estadistica de Gral Cepeda 1902

Box 11, Folder 8

Estadistica de CS. Porfirio Diaz 1902

Box 11, Folder 9

Estadistica de Guerrero 1902

Box 11, Folder 10

Estadistica de Gigedo 1902

Box 11, Folder 11

Estadistica de Villa Hidalgo 1902

Box 11, Folder 12

Estadistica de Jimenez 1902

Box 11, Folder 13

Estadistica de Juárez 1902

Box 11, Folder 14

Estadistica de S. Mojada 1902

Box 11, Folder 15

Estadistica de Matamoros de la Laguna 1902

Box 11, Folder 16

Estadistica de Nava 1902

Box 11, Folder 17

Estadistica de Nadadores 1902

Box 11, Folder 18

Estadistica de Parras 1902

Box 11, Folder 19

Estadistica de San Pedro 1902

Box 11, Folder 20

Estadistica de Ramos Arizpe 1902

Box 11, Folder 21

Estadistica de Cd. Romero Rubio. 1902

Box 11, Folder 22

Estadistica de Rosales 1902

Box 11, Folder 23

Estadistica de San Juan de Sabinas 1902

Box 11, Folder 24

Estadistica de Sacramento 1902

Box 11, Folder 25

Estadistica de Torreón 1902

Box 11, Folder 26

Estadistica de Viesca 1902

Box 11, Folder 27

Estadistica de Taragoza 1902

Box 11, Folder 28

Estadistica de Allende 1902

Box 11, Folder 29

Estadistica de Morelos 1902

Box 11, Folder 30

File re: Mexican Land and Colonization Company ca. 1901-1921


Requests by Newton House and Pedro Evers

Box 11, Folder 31

Property acquisition request by Newton House 1904

Box 11, Folder 32

Property acquisition request by Pedro Evers 1904


Census of professions in Todos Santos

Box 11, Folder 33

Padrón de Profesionés 1897-1898

Box 11, Folder 34

Padrón de Derecho de Mineña 1897-1898

Box 11, Folder 35

Padrón de Derecho de 6 al millar 1897-1898

Box 11, Folder 36

Padrón de Hormos 1897-1898

Box 12, Folder 1

Padrón de Derecho de Paténté 1897-1898

Box 12, Folder 2

Padrón de Profesionés 1897-1898


Misc. documents and letters, civil settlements and court documents

Box 12, Folder 3

Civil documents undated

Box 12, Folder 4

Lawsuit filed by Don Manuel Mejia 1878

Box 12, Folder 5

Lawsuit filed by Antonin Lopez 1885

Box 12, Folder 6

untitled 1899

Box 12, Folder 7

Misc. documents and two broadsides, Ensenada and Mexicali 1891-1914


Notarized documents from San Diego and Baja

Box 12, Folder 8

Notarized documents from San Diego and Baja 1870-1889

Box 12, Folder 9

untitled undated


Misc. documents, including file on Eden Theater in Mexicali

Box 12, Folder 10

Misc. documents, including file on Eden Theater in Mexicali 1855-1923

Box 12, Folder 11

untitled 1899

Box 12, Folder 12

File re: Inter-California Railway Company 1909


Broadsides and miscellaneous documents 1913-1915

Box 12, Folder 13

Broadsides and miscellaneous documents 1913-1915

Box 12, Folder 14

Circular 1914

Box 12, Folder 15

Contractos, Ensenada 1903

Box 12, Folder 16

Fuegos in Mexicali 1914