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Finding Aid to the José López Uraga Papers, [ca. 1840-1882]
BANC MSS 71/94 m  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: José López Uraga Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1840-1882
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/94 m
    Creator: López Uraga, José, 1814-1885
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
    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: Correspondence, commonplace book, miscellaneous accounts 1862-1880, programs, clippings, and maps of Honduras relating to the career of Jose Lopez Uraga, diplomat and soldier, in Mexico, Guatemala, and California. Collection includes letters from Maximilian, Porfirio Diaz, Benito Juarez, F. Parraga, Matias Romero, Marco Soto, one from Zelia Nuttall Pinart, and others.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    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], José López Uraga Papers, BANC MSS 71/94 m, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    • Photographs (unidentified) have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library:
      Title: José López Uraga Photograph Collection,
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1971.029-PIC

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was purchased from the Alta California Bookshop, November 9, 1970.

    Biographical Sketch

    José López Uraga, Mexican soldier and diplomat, was born in Valladolid, Morelia in 1810. He fought against the United States in 1847, helped establish the Santa Anna government, and during the Guerra de Reforma engaged on the side of the constitutionalists, losing a leg in combat. He was Mexican Minister to Germany in 1854 and 1855. During the War of Intervention, he served as general-in-chief of the Army of the West, and later as commanding general in Jalisco. He later served under Maximilian, becoming his aide-de-camp and marching to Yucatan. When he went to Guatemala in 1873, his mission was to organize and strengthen the army there. It was at this time that he wrote several books on military subjects. López Uraga then settled in San Francisco around 1877, where he had hoped to obtain the Mexican consulship and to be reinstated as a Mexican citizen. And it was in San Francisco that he died in 1885, having been unsuccessful in both these attempts.

    Scope and Content

    The José López Uraga Papers consist mainly of letters addressed to López Uraga, many of them reflecting events in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.