The Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection, 1777-1903 (bulk 1777-1851), consists of hundreds of manuscripts written, collected
and used by the Franciscans at Mission Santa Clara, from the founding of the Mission in 1777 until the arrival of the Jesuits
in 1851. The Franciscan missionaries wrote and collected numerous and diverse documents, including sacramental records, account
books, annual reports, letters, choirbooks, and instructions on health care and cuisine, among others. The majority of the
manuscripts are in Spanish. The collection is arranged into nine series: Series I: Sacramental Records; Series II: Informes
(Mission Reports); Series III: Fr. Viader’s Miscellany Book; Series IV: Ecclesiastical and Governmental Correspondence; Series
V: Secularization and the Formation of California’s First Diocese; Series VI: Personal Legal and Financial Records; Series
VII: Music Manuscripts; Series VIII: Alta California Manuscripts; and Series IX: Pictorial Materials, Ephemera and Reproductions.
Mission Santa Clara was founded in January of 1777 by the Franciscan Friar Tomás de la Peña on the banks of the Guadalupe
River. The Mission relocated four times until it was finally established at the current site in 1825. Mission Santa Clara
was the eighth of 21 Franciscan missions established in Alta California (Upper California) throughout the years 1769-1823,
as Spain attempted to consolidate its power in the region as well as to evangelize its native population. These missions were
governed by the Colegio de San Fernando in Mexico City until 1833, when Mission Santa Clara and other northern missions were
entrusted to the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Zacatecas, Mexico.
26.31 linear feet,
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