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Finding Aid for the Peruvian Manuscripts collection, 1619-1824
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Description
This seven volume collection of manuscripts and printed materials on colonial and independent Peru focuses on the late eighteenth century, although its contents span from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Three volumes of Royal Decrees feature important institutional information for the entirety of Spanish America, especially in relation to the late Bourbon military reforms under Viceroy Theodore de la Croix. Fernando Quadrado, an important eighteenth century Spanish oidor, appears prominently throughout the collection. The Peruvian mining industry is well documented in two volumes related to Baron von Nordenflicht's controversial mining expedition and Pedro Miralles' relationship to the former.
Background
In the context of Spanish American history, this collection comprises the late colonial and early independence periods. Materials related to the Bourbon reforms (1713-1806) reveal a genuine interest by part of the Spanish Crown and more specifically Viceroy Theodore de Croix (1784-1790) to modernize its most important South American colony. Important indigenous uprisings are documented in Royal Decrees sent by the king to key military officers and allies who put down a series of significant indigenous rebellions, most notably Tupac Amaru II's 1780 uprising. Despite being a royalist stronghold, letters to the insurgent military leaders José de San Martín and Simón Bolivar expose the extent to which the wars of independence affected all sectors of society.
Extent
3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.