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Finding Aid to the Documentos de la Comisión Confidencial, 1858-1869
BANC MSS M-M 325-339  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Documentos de la Comisión Confidencial,
    Date (inclusive): 1858-1869
    Collection Number: BANC MSS M-M 325-339
    Creator: Vega, Plácido, 1830-1878
    Extent: Number of containers: 8 boxes, 2 volumes, 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: These papers, originals and copies, consist of correspondence, documents, accounts, and vouchers relating mainly to General Placido Vega's secret mission to obtain articles of war and funds in San Francisco, California, for the republican government of Benito Juarez in Mexico against the French invaders of Napoleon III. There is also material on Vega's activities in connection with volunteers from the United States in forming an expedition to invade Mexico, the Mexican "Juntas Patrioticas" in the United States, and military operations in Mexico (1858-1869). Includes correspondence with Benito Juarez, Matias Romero and Jesus Gonzalez Ortega. See also the published articles of Robert Ryal Miller on General Vega.
    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], Documentos de la Comisión Confidencial, BANC MSS M-M 325-339, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    These papers, acquired in 1875 from Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, form part of the H. H. Bancroft Collection. They consist of correspondence, documents, accounts, and vouchers relating mainly to General Plácido Vega's mission to obtain weapons and funds in San Francisco for the republican government of Mexico against the French invasion. There is also material concerning the Mexican patriotic societies in California, Vega's activities with American volunteers in forming an expedition to Mexico, and military operations in Mexico.
    Three volumes of correspondence and documents, M-M 325, M-M 326, and M-M 327, were unbound and the contents placed in folders. The original order and numbering have been retained. The arrangement of these three volumes is roughly chronological, with some overlapping of material in each volume. Some items upon being repaired were placed in an oversize portfolio. Dummies have been placed in the boxes for these items, and the report annotated.
    A brief description of the contents of each volume follows, and a partial list of correspondents may be found at the end of the report.