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Finding Aid for the Peruvian Manuscripts collection, 1619-1824
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Peruvian Manuscripts collection
    Date (inclusive): 1619-1824
    Collection number: 1070
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
    Abstract: This seven volume collection of manuscripts and printed materials on colonial and independent Peru focuses on the late eighteenth century, although its contents span from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Three volumes of Royal Decrees feature important institutional information for the entirety of Spanish America, especially in relation to the late Bourbon military reforms under Viceroy Theodore de la Croix. Fernando Quadrado, an important eighteenth century Spanish oidor, appears prominently throughout the collection. The Peruvian mining industry is well documented in two volumes related to Baron von Nordenflicht's controversial mining expedition and Pedro Miralles' relationship to the former.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Purchase, ca. 1969.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Pablo Sierra, with assistance from Kelley Bachli, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Peruvian Manuscripts collection (Collection 1070). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232838 

    Historical Note

    In the context of Spanish American history, this collection comprises the late colonial and early independence periods. Materials related to the Bourbon reforms (1713-1806) reveal a genuine interest by part of the Spanish Crown and more specifically Viceroy Theodore de Croix (1784-1790) to modernize its most important South American colony. Important indigenous uprisings are documented in Royal Decrees sent by the king to key military officers and allies who put down a series of significant indigenous rebellions, most notably Tupac Amaru II's 1780 uprising. Despite being a royalist stronghold, letters to the insurgent military leaders José de San Martín and Simón Bolivar expose the extent to which the wars of independence affected all sectors of society.

    Scope and Content

    The Peruvian manuscripts span a wide range of topics, although there is a notable concentration of themes that revolve around the interests of influential colonial administrators, mine and plantation owners. The first volume consists of various documents directly related to Don Fernando Quadrado and the cases he oversaw as a late 18th and early 19th century royal functionary. Both the second and third volumes of the collection center around the Chanca and Cachirín mines and the Hacienda Bellavista in the central Peruvian province of Cajatambo. Historical characters such as Pedro Miralles, José Coquet and Baron von Nordenflicht carry out a number of legal procedures for control of the mines and their indigenous workforce. A very lengthy dispute over the permanent lease (emphytensis) of Nuestra Señora de Guia Monastery's landholdings are the principal focus of the fourth volume, in which Fernando Quadrado reappears. The fifth, sixth and seventh volumes consist of copies and registers of royal mandates, which address a very wide range of topics and illustrate the principal preoccupations of colonial rule as viewed by the King of Spain and Viceroy of Peru. Materials related to the military reforms of the Spanish American armies, advancements in shipping technologies, and concerns over tobacco production provide a very broad institutional history of Peru and more generally for Spanish South America.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Seven bound volumes, numbered one through seven, are stored in three boxes. Individual volumes contain documents from various historical periods, which are not arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Mines and mineral resources --History --18th century.
    Peru --History --1548-1820 --Sources.
    Peru --Politics and government --1548-1820 --Sources.

    Genres and Forms of Material