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Guide to the San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records
H1964.2  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography of Collection
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records
    Dates: 1773-1856
    Collection Number: H1964.2
    Creator: Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
    Extent: 4 feet (2 boxes and 1 large envelope)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Honnold/Mudd Library.
    Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
    Claremont University Consortium
    800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
    Claremont, California 91711
    Abstract: The matrimonial investigation records, or "diligencias matrimoniales", are part of a collection of California materials gathered by William F. McPherson, an Orange County rancher, scholar and collector. Predominantly though not exclusively the records of Mission San Gabriel (other California missions are also represented), these investigations of the period 1788-1861 consist of notarized interviews with couples requesting marriage in the Roman Catholic Church. There are 165 investigations in all, with 173 men and 170 women being interviewed. An alphabetical index indicates the folder number of each item.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: Spanish

    Administrative Information

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records. Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from a gift by William McPherson in 1964.

    Accruals

    No addition to the collection is anticipated.

    Alternative Forms of Material Available

    Digital collection available via The Claremont Colleges Digital Library: Matrimonial Investigation Records of the San Gabriel Mission - http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/mir/.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by Russell Michalak

    Biography of Collection

    The San Gabriel Mission Matrimonial Investigation Records are significant because they offer a unique insight into the pre-statehood activities of the Mission. Also, they establish many facts concerning the individuals married at the Mission and provide much genealogical detail for descendants. There are 165 investigations in all, with 173 men and 170 women being interviewed.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    Notarized interviews with couples requesting marriage in the Roman Catholic Church for the period of 1788-1861. Though predominately from the San Gabriel Mission, other California missions are also represented. There are 165 investigations in all, with 173 men and 170 women being interviewed. A few baptismal records are also included. An alphabetical index indicates the folder number of each item.

    Series Arrangement

    Series 1 Matrimonial Records
    Subseries 1.1 Men
    Suberies 1.2 Women
    Suberies 1.3 Indian girls (no surname)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection

    Subject

    Mcpherson, William
    California Missions
    Latin Americans -- California -- San Gabriel -- History -- Sources
    Marriage records -- California -- San Gabriel
    Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) -- Archives
    Southern California History -- 1900 -1950
    Spanish Americans -- California -- San Gabriel -- History -- Sources
    Western Americana -- 1850-1980
    San Gabriel (Calif.) -- History -- Sources

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Marriage records
    Baptismal records