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  • Administration Information
  • Biography
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mexican Prints Collection,
    Dates: 1826-1851
    Collection Number: "Consult repository."
    Collector: Lauerhass, Ludwig
    Extent: 1 box, [.25 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room 5039
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: The Mexican Print collection ranging from 1826-1851 consist of leaflets and broadsides pertaining to religious, social, and political themes from Mexico’s post-independence period. The content of the collection is made up of prints from Mexico’s iconic 19th-century printer and publisher, Luis Abadiano y Valdés. The collection presents a view of Mexican elite culture of post-independence Mexico that emphasizes the importance of religion, culture, and politics.
    Language: Collection material is in Spanish

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], MEXICAN PRINT COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Materials in this collection were donated by Ludwig Lauerhass in 2014.

    Processing Information

    Materials processed by Oscar Sanchez Hernandez in 2014.


    Ludwig Lauerhass is an emeritus librarian and history professor at UCLA.

    Scope and Content

    The Mexican Print collection ranges from 1826-1851 and includes broadsides and leaflets printed by Mexico’s historic publishing house, Abadiano y Valdes. The content highlights Mexico’s post-independence themes; religion, politics, and class. It also showcases Spanish and European literary influences on 18th century Mexico’s social economic elite.
    The collection includes broadsides and leaflets displaying Catholic traditions that include orations, celebratory sonnets, ballads, and ejaculatory prayers for; Christ, St. Cecilia, St. Joseph, St. Alenjo, and St. James Matamoros (St. James the Moor-Slayer).
    The collection also highlights European influence in Elite Mexican culture through literature. Within the collection there are Spanish romance ballads like ‘Verdadero Romance De Lucinda Y Belardoand“ and “Nueva Relacion, en que se da cuenta de los notables arrojos y valientes arrestos que hizo Doña Josefa Ramirez, natural de la ciudad de Valencia, y felicidad con que salio de todos ellos” that perpetuate Spanish influence and values to Mexican elites within post-independence Mexico. The collection also includes affluent classical literature that can give an overview on what elite Mexican citizens read such as Pietro Metastasio’s sacred drama, “Isaac, Figura del redento. Drama Sagrado De Metastasio” and a monologue from Shakespeare’s “Othello”.
    The bulk of the collection is dedicated to Mexico’s social and political conflicts. The satirical poem “El Currutaco Por Alambique”, by Manuel Gomez Marin reflects the tension between Europeans and Mexicans as well as social and racial hierarchy in Mexico. The highlight of the collection are the fourteen volumes of post-independence liberal periodical, “El Quebrantahuesos”. “El Quebrantahuesos” aimed to satirize the prominent conservative periodical, “Hay Va Ese Hueso De Roer”, advocacy of conservatism and Catholicism by invoking the enlightenment.


    Arranged in 2 series:
    • Series I. Religious leaflets and broadsides.
    • Series II. Literature.

    Indexing Terms


    Mexico--Race relations--History--18th century.
    Mexico--Politics and government--1827--Periodicals.
    Mexico--Religion--16th century.
    Spanish ballads
    Spanish literature.
    Metastasio, Pietro, 1698-1782. Isaac, Figura Del Redento Drama Sagrado. Libretto. Spanish
    Satirical poetry

    Personal Names

    Lauerhass, Ludwig
    Metastasio, Pietro, 1698-1782
    Abadiano y Valdés, Luis
    Manuel Gomez, Marin

    Corporate Names

    Imprenta de Luis Abadiano y Valdes

    Geographic Names

    Mexico (City)