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Finding Aid for the Bandini Family Papers, ca. 1834-1927
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Juan Bandini, 1800-1859

Box 1, Folder 1

Letters to Abel Stearns, 1837-1870.

Physical Description: 27 letters.

Scope and Content Note

  • Includes two letters to Stearns from other members of Bandini family.
  • Eight of letters have typed transcriptions and English translations.
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence and papers, 1843-1889.

Physical Description: 32 items.

Scope and Content Note

  • Includes letters to and from Bandini, legal documents relating to various Southern California ranchos and to Tecate in Lower California, and a few papers of his son, Juan B. Bandini.
  • Also includes a document signed by Augustin Juan Vicente Zamorano, 1798-1842.
Box 1, Folder 3


Scope and Content Note

Certified copy (1876) of the original expediente for Bandini's rancho Tecate in Lower California.
Box 1, Folder 4

Libro de Casa del Ano, 1842.

Scope and Content Note

Journal of Stearns and Bandini's hide and tallow business, 1842. 1 vol. manuscript [c.f. oversize package].
Box 1, Folder 5

Accounts, 1843-1857.

Physical Description: 8 pieces.

Scope and Content Note

re mainly to Bandini's partnership with Abel Stearns.
Box 1, Folder 6

Bandini, Juan. Apuntes para la Historia de California, 1769-1845.

Physical Description: 157 leaves [incomplete copy] typescript.


Original in Bancroft Library, University of California Berkeley.
Box 1, Folder 7

Kilroy, Margaret (Gaffey).

Scope and Content Note

Historical and biographical notes re Juan Bandini and his contemporaries. 39 leaves, manuscript and typescript; geneology (compiled 1985).

Abel Stearns, 1799-1871; and Mariano Ruiz

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence and legal papers, 1832-1868.

Physical Description: 25 items.

Scope and Content Note

Many relate to Juan Bandini.
Box 2, Folder 2

Celis, Eulogio de. Letters to Stearns, 1837-1850.

Physical Description: 15 letters.

Scope and Content Note

Includes 1 document (signed by Celis) re Stearns and Fremont, witnessed by William Wolfskill, September 27, 1852.
Box 2, Folder 3

Couts, Cave J. Letters to Stearns, 1851-1855.

Physical Description: 35 letters.
Box 2, Folder 4

Couts, Cave J. Letters to Stearns, 1857-1858.

Physical Description: 39 letters.
Box 2, Folder 5

Couts, Cave J. Letters to Stearns, 1859-1870.

Physical Description: 19 letters.
Box 2, Folder 6

Stearns. Accounts and papers, chiefly re business with Cave J. Couts, 1847-1857.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 2, Folder 7

Stearns. Miscellaneous memoranda and accounts entered by A.S. in their appropriate books, 1843-1844.

Physical Description: 1 vol. manuscript.
Box 2, Folder 8

Gaffey, John T. Letters and documents, 1885-1910.

Physical Description: 15 items.

Scope and Content Note

Letters to Gaffey from Mariano Ruiz and documents, etc. re the Ruiz mines in Tepic, Mexico.
Box 2, Folders 9-10

Ruiz, Mariano. Leyenda Historica del Territoria de Tepic. Escrita por el Senor General Mariano Ruiz, dedicada a los ninos de las escuelas nacionales del referido territorio. Mexico, January 30, 1914.

Physical Description: 3 vol. in 2. 346 leaves typescript. ports (of Ruiz and Manuel Lozada).

Ruiz, Mariano

Box 3

Reminiscencias Historicas. Escrita por el C. General de division Mariano Ruiz, veterano de 1862. Dedicadas a su honorable amigo, Mr. John T. Gaffy, de San Pedro, Calif., E.U.A. Mexico, September 15, 1926.

Physical Description: 3 vol. in 1. 91 leaves of text. Typescript illustrated [mounted photographs].

Scope and Content Note

Reminiscences of the war of intervention in Mexico, 1862.
Box 3

Leyenda Historica de los Estados de Michoacan, Jalisco y Nayarit, escrita por el General de Division, Mariano Ruiz, dedicada a la Honorable dama, Mrs. Arcadia Bandini de Gaffy, de San Pedro, California, E.U.A. 1927.

Physical Description: 2 vol. in 1. 339 leaves of text. Typescript illustrated [mounted photographs].

Scope and Content Note

Portraits and reproductions of drawings by Ana Maria B. Ruiz.

Rancho San Rafael Account Book

Oversize Box 4

Libro de Cuentas de San Rafael. no. 1, 1843-1856.

Scope and Content Note

Book of accounts re Rancho San Rafael, 60,000 acres in Lower California.
The entries for 1843-44 re Stearns and Bandini's hide and tallow business in Los Angeles.
1 vol. manuscript.