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Guide to the José Yves Limantour papers, 1842-1885
BANC MSS C-B 460  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: José Yves Limantour papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1842-1885
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 460
    Creator: Limantour, José Yves, d. 1885
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes and 2 oversize folders
    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, documents (originals, copies and photocopies) and clippings, relating mainly to Limantour's land claims and subsequent litigation. A few papers, 1885-1888, of his son, Jose Yves, are also included.
    Languages Represented: English

    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 Yves Limantour papers, BANC MSS C-B 460, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    José Yves Limantour, a French trader, first came to California in 1841. Governor Micheltorena, in return for services offered, gave Limantour various grants of land, including almost half of San Francisco. When Limantour presented his claims before the land commission, they were at first confirmed. Later, however, in 1858, the claims were rejected, being proven a forgery supported by false testimony.
    These papers were acquired from various sources: purchased from Gelber Lilienthal, Oct. 1939, and from Valton, in 1940?, and some were formerly cataloged as fm F 862.1 C3. They include photocopies of some documents from the National Archives and from the Henry E. Huntington Library. The documents relate mainly to requests for land, and to the subsequent litigation. There are a few papers also concerning Limantour's efforts to supply the Mexican government with weapons from Europe. Also included are a few papers of his son, José Yves.
    The papers have been arranged chronologically and the folders numbered consecutively. A partial list of correspondents follows.