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Finding Aid to the Documentos para la historia de California, 1821-1872
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Documentos para la historia de California,
    Date (inclusive): 1821-1872
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 75
    Creator: Coronel, Antonio Franco, 1817-1894
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 v., 1 portfolio and 1 oversize folder
    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: Documents relating to the history of California, particularly to the Los Angeles area, including an 1839 census for that area.
    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 para la historia de California, BANC MSS C-B 75, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    Coronel, born in Mexico City in 1817, came to California with his father, Ignacio Coronel in 1834, as a member of the Hijar-Padres colony. The family settled in Los Angeles. where Coronel soon became prominent in local affairs, holding many public offices, including those of Juez de Paz, inspector of missions and peace commissioner. He took part in the defense of California against the American invasion in 1846 and 1847, but later became a citizen of the United States. In 1853 he was elected mayor, and for many years afterwards was a member of the city council. He was state treasurer of California from 1867 to 1871. He died in 1894.

    Scope and Content

    These papers-originals, copies and extracts of documents-collected by H. H. Bancroft for his History of California, relate particularly to the Los Angeles region, and include an 1839 census for that area. The original collection is not to be used without permission of the Director. A bound volume of photocopy is available for consultation.
    The documents, which were bound in a volume by H. H. Bancroft, have been unbound and placed in folders. Some repaired items, now oversize, have been placed in a separate portfolio. This has been noted in the report and in the first portfolio. The arrangement, roughly chronological, and the numbering are those of H. H. Bancroft.
    A calendar of the documents and a partial list of correspondents follow.