Guide to the Amador, Yorba, López, and Cota Families Correspondence

Processed by Kurt MacMillan and Audrey Pearson; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
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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.


Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Letters 1853-1860

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Letters 1861

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Letters 1862

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Letters 1863

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Letters 1864

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Letters 1865-1866

Box : Folder 1 : 7

Letters 1869

Box : Folder 1 : 8

Letters 1871

Box : Folder 1 : 9

Letters 1872

Box : Folder 1 : 10

Letters 1873-1874

Box : Folder 1 : 11

Letters 1875-1879

Box : Folder 1 : 12

Transcripts of letters without originals 1860-1864

Box : Folder 1 : 13

Unidentified undated

Box : Folder 1 : 14

Unidentified fragments undated