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A guide to the F. Barreda and Brother records, 1853-1857
HDC0062 (SAFR 14317)  
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  • Publication and Use Rights
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical or Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Content
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: F. Barreda and Brother records
    Date: 1853-1857
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0062 (SAFR 14317)
    Physical Description: 30 items
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The F. Barreda and Brother records (SAFR 14317, HDC 62) is comprised of the business records of F. Barreda and Brother, a firm that acted as agents for the government in Peru in the sale of guano to the United States. Documents include a declaration of protest, statements of damage to cargo, a receipt, a list of ships, a shipping report of arrivals into Peru, notes of payment received for services on board CORA and supply lists for CORA, an agreement and portage bills. The dates range from 1853 to 1857. This collection has been processed to the collection level and is open for use without restriction.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

    Publication and Use Rights

    Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

    Processing Note

    Note on Description: The descriptions in this collection guide were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material and subject matter experts. While every effort was made to provide accurate information, in the event that you find any errors in this guide please contact the reference staff in order for us to evaulate and make corrections to this guide. P lease cite the title and collection number in any correspondence with our staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0062 (SAFR 14317), F. Barreda and Brother records, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    This collection was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Felipe and Federico Barreda were awarded the contract to act as consignee for the sale of guano in the United States by the government of Peru. The export of guano from the Chincha Islands for use as fertilizer was a prime source of income for the Peruvian government between 1840 and 1867. In fact, during those years it was unnecessary to levy any taxes.
    Taking advantage of the rapid increase in this business, the Barreda's entered into their first charter agreement in December of 1851. Their first chartered vessels carried their shipments to Hampton Roads, Virginia, which was to be the firm's usual distribution point in the United States.
    Felipe handled the business in Lima while Federico was responsible for developing distribution in North America. Theirs was a successful enterprise, which averaged 60,000 tons a year of guano shiped annually from 1855-1857. It appears that the Barreda brothers no longer acted in the same capacity after 1857 and that the rich guano deposits had been largely exhausted by 1867.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The F. Barreda and Brother records (SAFR 14317, HDC 62) is comprised of the business records of F. Barreda and Brother, a firm that acted as agents for the government in Peru in the sale of guano to the United States. Documents include a declaration of protest, statements of damage to cargo, a receipt, a list of ships, a shipping report of arrivals into Peru, notes of payment received for services on board CORA and supply lists for CORA, an agreement and portage bills. The dates range from 1853 to 1857. This collection has been processed to the collection level and is open for use without restriction.

    Collection Arrangement

    Arranged into seven folders by subject and size.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Foreign trade
    Shipping
    Valparaiso (Chile)