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Finding Aid to the Documentos para la historia de California, 1827-1873
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Documentos para la historia de California
    Date (inclusive): 1827-1873
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 67
    Creator: Avila, Miguel
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Letters, legal documents, land papers, accounts, proclamations, etc., relating primarily to Avila's position as alcalde and as juez at San Luis Obispo and to his claims for extensions to his grant of Rancho San Miguelito.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.The original documents have been withdrawn from use and may be consulted only by permission of the Director. Either microfilm or photocopy may be used instead.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Documentos para la historia de California, BANC MSS C-B 67, The Bancroft Library, Universtity of California, Berkeley

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was given to H. H. Bancroft by Miguel Avila's widow.


    Miguel Avila, born at Santa Barbara, in 1796, son of José de Santa Ana Avila, was educated in San Francisco. He later served as a copyist at Monterey. Enlisting in the army, in the Monterey Company in 1816, by 1824 he was corporal of the troops at San Luis Obispo. He was alcalde at San Luis Obispo in 1849, and was a grantee of Rancho San Miguelito. He died in 1874.

    Scope and Content

    This small collection of documents, given to H. H. Bancroft by Avila's widow, deals mainly with Avila's position as alcalde and justice at San Luis Obispo, and relates also to his claim for extensions to his grant of Rancho San Miguelito.
    H. H. Bancroft's arrangement and numbering of the documents (which were originally bound) have been retained. The calendar, which follows, describes each item in the collection. Following that is a list of correspondents and/or signers of documents, which serves as a name index.