Finding Aid for the Cuaderno de Cuentas dela Casa del J[os]e Amesti del Año de 1840 a 1850, 1840-1866
Processed by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, Winter 2005; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: Cuaderno de Cuentas dela Casa del J[os]e Amesti del Año de 1840 a 1850
Date (inclusive): 1840-1866
Collection number: 170/541
Creator: Amesti, Jose
Extent: 128 leaves : paper ; 32 x 22 cm
Abstract: Accounting book of Jose Amesti, an merchant in mid-nineteenth century Monterey, California.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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Ex libris Robert Ernest Cowan.
[Identification of item], Cuaderno de Cuentas dela Casa del J[os]e Amesti del Año de 1840 a 1850 (Collection Number 170/541). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, Winter 2005,in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).
Jose Amesti was a Spanish Basque who arrived in Monterey, California in the early nineteen hundreds. In 1822, he married Prudenciana Vallejo, daughter of Jose Vallejo, and the sister of Mariano Vallejo. Governor Alvarado granted Amesti the 15,400-acre Corralitos Ranch in 1827. Within a few years, Amesti had leased portions of his property for timber cutting, and established his own whipsaw lumber mill on the upper portion of the rancho. Jose Amesti and his wife Pudenciana Vallejo de Amesti had four daughters, Carmen, Santa, Celedonia and Tomasa Madariaga y Vallejo, who was adopted. All shared equally in the estate.
This ledger is comprised of customer, client and employee names, orders, and inventories from Amesti's mill enterprise from the period of 1840 to 1866. Payments are recorded in pesos and silver; customers include the Mission San Diego and other California ranchos. The manuscript also contains information about Amesti's personal life, such as notes about life on the ranch, his feelings on the U.S.-Mexican War, the dowry of his adopted daughter, and the Mission Indians that the ranch employed. The record includes their wages, clothing items, and descriptions of labor. Following the description of the Mission Indians, there are ledgers concerning clothing items and food--possibly deductions taken out of their wages for clothing, liquor, and food. The manuscript also contains an inventory of harvested produce, and tools used in the mill. Some of the goods mentioned include garbanzos, pinto beans, lard, dried meat, chiles, potatoes, corn,and molasses.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170) . Available at the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.