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Guide to the Amador, Yorba, López, and Cota Families Correspondence
MS-R032  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Amador, Yorba, López, and Cota families correspondence
    Date: 1853-1897
    Collection Number: MS-R032
    Creator: Amador family
    Creator: Cota family
    Creator: Yorba family
    Creator: López family
    Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
    Languages: The collection is in Spanish, with some materials in English.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises hand-written correspondence among members of the Amador, Yorba, López, and Cota families in the region of Orange County, San Diego County, and Baja California from 1853 to 1879. Items include personal letters and business receipts. The collection documents the family matters of several prominent Californio families in the decades following the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the admission of California to the Union (1850). The correspondence largely concerns the health of family members, births, deaths, family events, family visits, and business transactions. Several letters also contain references to national boundaries, language problems, military movements, and epidemics. Members of the López family in San Diego are the recipients of more than half of the letters, while members of the Amador family, some of whom were based in San Juan Capistrano, are the largest group of letter writers, accounting for one-quarter of the collection.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. These materials are in the public domain. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Amador, Yorba, López, and Cota families correspondence. MS-R032. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 1974.

    Processing History

    Processed by Kurt MacMillan and Audrey Pearson, 2007.

    Historical Background

    The Amador, Cota, Yorba, and López families were four prominent Californio families who received land grants and settled in California in the nineteenth century. Bernardo Yorba was granted Rancho Yorba, Jose Antonio Yorba and Juan Pablo Peralta were granted Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Francisco Cota inherited Rancho de Ballona in present-day Los Angeles, José María Amador was granted Rancho San Ramón, and Cornelio López and Bernardo Higuera were granted Rancho Rincón de los Bueyes.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises hand-written correspondence among members of the Amador, Yorba, López, and Cota families in the region of Orange County, San Diego County, and Baja California from 1853 to 1879. Items include personal letters and business receipts. The collection documents the family matters of several prominent Californio families in the decades following the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the admission of California to the Union (1850). The correspondence largely concerns the health of family members, births, deaths, family events, family visits, and business transactions. Several letters also contain references to national boundaries, language problems, military movements, and epidemics. Members of the López family in San Diego are the recipients of more than half of the letters, while members of the Amador family, some of whom were based in San Juan Capistrano, are the largest group of letter writers, accounting for one-quarter of the collection.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged first by format, then chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Amador family -- Correspondence.
    Yorba family -- Correspondence.
    López family -- Correspondence.
    Cota family -- Correspondence.
    Mexican American families -- California, Southern -- Correspondence.
    Mexican Americans -- California, Southern -- Correspondence.
    California, Southern -- Correspondence.
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Correspondence
    Orange County (Calif.) -- Correspondence.

    Genres and Formats of Materials

    Letters -- California -- 19th century.
    Letters -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula) -- 19th century.

    Contributors

    Amador family.
    Yorba family.
    López family.
    Cota family.