Finding Aid to the José López Uraga Papers, [ca. 1840-1882]

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Finding Aid to the José López Uraga Papers, [ca. 1840-1882]

Collection number: BANC MSS 71/94 m

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1971
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: José López Uraga Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1840-1882
Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/94 m
Creator: López Uraga, José, 1814-1885
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, commonplace book, miscellaneous accounts 1862-1880, programs, clippings, and maps of Honduras relating to the career of Jose Lopez Uraga, diplomat and soldier, in Mexico, Guatemala, and California. Collection includes letters from Maximilian, Porfirio Diaz, Benito Juarez, F. Parraga, Matias Romero, Marco Soto, one from Zelia Nuttall Pinart, and others.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], José López Uraga Papers, BANC MSS 71/94 m, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs (unidentified) have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library:
    Title: José López Uraga Photograph Collection,
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 1971.029-PIC

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased from the Alta California Bookshop, November 9, 1970.

Biographical Sketch

José López Uraga, Mexican soldier and diplomat, was born in Valladolid, Morelia in 1810. He fought against the United States in 1847, helped establish the Santa Anna government, and during the Guerra de Reforma engaged on the side of the constitutionalists, losing a leg in combat. He was Mexican Minister to Germany in 1854 and 1855. During the War of Intervention, he served as general-in-chief of the Army of the West, and later as commanding general in Jalisco. He later served under Maximilian, becoming his aide-de-camp and marching to Yucatan. When he went to Guatemala in 1873, his mission was to organize and strengthen the army there. It was at this time that he wrote several books on military subjects. López Uraga then settled in San Francisco around 1877, where he had hoped to obtain the Mexican consulship and to be reinstated as a Mexican citizen. And it was in San Francisco that he died in 1885, having been unsuccessful in both these attempts.

Scope and Content

The José López Uraga Papers consist mainly of letters addressed to López Uraga, many of them reflecting events in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Letters written by José López Uraga, 1852-1884

Additional Note

Mainly drafts; many undated. Arranged chronologically.
Boxes 1-2

Letters written to López Uraga


Single letters are arranged alphabetically in an A-Z Miscellany. The rest of the letters are arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement.
Box 1

A - O

Box 2

P - Z


Commonplace book of José López Uraga


Miscellaneous accounts, 1852-1880




Maps of Honduras (mss)


Photographs - unidentified

Additional Note

Transferred to Pictorial Collections.



Miscellany - programs, menus, etc., 1854-1876.

Additional Note

Undated items at the end of the folder.

Photograph album - mainly unidentified

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany (single letters)


Alcalde, Joaquín M., 1830-1885


Letter, Feb. 28, 1882


Bancroft, Hubert Howe, 1832-1918


Letter, Oct. 12, 1882


Chico Sein, Vicente, 1810?-1863


Proclamation, Mar. 13, 1860

Additional Note

Contemporary copy. As Governor of San Luis Potosí.

Companía Lancasteriana de México


Letter, Nov. 26, 1844, sending certificate of membership in the organization, signed by José María Tornel y Mendívil and Joaquín de la Cadena.


Dardón, Andrés


Letter, July 26, 1877


Degollado, Santos, 1811-1861


Letter, June 12, 1861


De Russy, Gustavus Adolphus, 1818-1891


Letter, Mar. 10, 1852


Doblado, Manuel, 1818-1865


Letter, Jan. 13, 1865


Dueñas, Francisco, 1810-1884


Letter, Mar. 24, 1877


Gómez Farías, Benito, d. 1914


Letter, July 4, 1883


González, Manuel, 1833-1893


Letter, July 9, 1878


Harney, William Selby, 1800-1889


Letter, Jan. 16, 1852


Humboldt, Alexander, freiherr von, 1769-1859


Letter, ca. 1854


Inclán, Lola


Letter, July 27, 1853

Additional Note

Written from Puebla by his niece, with some information on reception given Mrs. Santa Anna. Also signed by Joaquina and Concha Inclán, her sisters.

Iturbide, Agustín de, 1783-1824


Letter, Oct. 8, 1821, to Francisco de Uraga


Johann, King of Saxony, 1801-1873


Letter, ca. 1854


Magruder, John Bankhead, 1810-1871


Letter, Aug. 15, 1865


Mariscal, Ignacio, 1829-1910


Letter, Oct. 25, 1875


Mexico. Congreso


Letter, July 6, 1861, signed by Saborio and Valle.

Additional Note

Clipping attached.

Mexico. Ministerio de guerra y marina


Letter, Mar. 28, 1855, by Miguel Blanco to the commanding general of the Yucatan.


Mexico. Secretaría de Estado


Letter, Nov. 22, 1853, signed by Díez de Bonilla.


Nuttall, Zelia, 1857-1933


Letter, undated

Additional Note

Signed Zelia Nuttall Pinart. Note of Uraga's reply crosswritten on first page.

Pacific Mail Company


Letter, Dec. 18, 1876

Additional Note

Spanish translation of a letter written by the president of the company, William Pancoast Clyde.

Ramírez, José Fernando, 1804-1871


Letter, Dec. 5, 1864


Sociedad Mexicana Promevedora de Mejoras Materiales y Morales


Printed form, filled in, July 6, 1852, by J. N. Almonte.

Additional Note

Regulations and a circular enclosed.

Vega, Plácido, 1830-1878


Letter, Apr. 20, 1865


Almonte, Juan Nepomuceno, 1803-1869

See Sociedad Mexicana Promevedora de Mejoras Materiales y Morales


Barreda, Federico L., d. 1883


5 letters, 1876-1883

Additional Note

Includes an 1883 circular of Barreda & Co., notifying that the firm ceased to exist due to death of Mr. Barreda.

See also Barril, J. J., and Castro, Diego de.

Barril, J. J.


3 letters, 1884


Barrios, Justo Rufino, Pres. Guatemala, 1835-1885


3 letters, 1876

Additional Note

With these: biographical sketch of Barrios.

Benecke, Etienne, 1808-1877

See Benecke (Est.) & Co.


Benecke (Est.) & Co.


30 letters, 1873-1878

Additional Note

Some written and signed by Benecke. Letter of Aug. 17, 1878, includes copy of statement by Romero on the Islas Marías. Some accounts included for 1873-1877. Concerning business transactions and containing news from Mexico.

Blanco, Miguel, 1816-1900

See Mexico. Ministerio de guerra y marina


Castro, Diego de


103 letters, 1873-1882

Additional Note

Letter, Sept. 11, 1874, includes letter by Thomas C. Reynolds. Letters of Feb. 13, 1874, and Sept. 21, 1878, include letters by F. L. Barreda.

Charlotte, Empress of Mexico, 1840-1927


11 letters, 1866-1867

Additional Note

Mainly copies of telegrams and drafts of letters or notes, many undated.

Clyde, William Pancoast, 1839-1923

See Pacific Mail Company


Conrad, Charles Magill, 1804-1878

See U.S. War Dept.


Cumplido, Ignacio, 1811-1887


3 letters, 1877-1879


Dardón, V.


4 letters, 1875-1877

Additional Note

News of events in Mexico and Guatemala.

Díaz, Porfirio, Pres. Mexico, 1830-1915


14 letters, 1877-1882


Díez de Bonilla, Manuel, 1800-1864

See Mexico. Secretaría de Estado


Garrido, Bernardo


11 letters, 1875-1876, from Guatemala

Additional Note

Letter of Sept. 19, 1875, includes letter of F. Lainfiesta.

Guatemala. Secretaría de la Guerra


2 letters, 1876-1877, by J. M. Barrundía.

Additional Note

1877 letter contains draft of López Uraga's letter to the Guatemalan minister of war, and also a Guatemalan passport for López Uraga.

See also Samayoa, José María.

Institut d'Afrique


2 letters, 1851-1852, by H. de St. Anthoine.


Jilek, Dr.


2 letters, 1866

Additional Note

Written while doctor to Empress Carlotta. One also signed by Julius Richter.

Juárez, Benito, 1806-1872


2 letters, 1862-1863


Linares, José


13 letters, 1873-1879

See also Rodríguez, Francisco de Paula


Manteuffel, Otto Theodor, freiherr, von, 1805-


2 letters, 1854-1855


Mata, José María, 1819-1895


2 letters, 1877


Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867


14 letters, 1865-1866


Negrete, Pedro de


2 letters, 1865-1866

Additional Note

Written while first secretary, master of ceremonies for the Emperor. 1865 letter contains draft of López Uraga's reply.

Ogazón, Pedro, 1824-1890


6 letters, 1877-1878


Pardo, Emilio


3 letters, 1873-1878.

Additional Note

1878 letters addressed to the Benecke firm (q.v.)

Párraga, F.


38 letters, 1871-1882

Additional Note

Some written for the firm of Diego de Castro (q. v.)

Rodríguez, Francisco de Paula


13 letters, 1878-1882

Additional Note

Note from José Linares in letter of Jan. 18, 1880

Romero, Matías, 1837-1898


44 letters, 1877-1882

Additional Note

Many relate to the politics of Guatemala.

See also Benecke (Est.) & Co.

Romero Rubio, Manuel, 1828-1895


3 letters, 1873-1882


Rosa, Ramón, 1848-1893


2 letters, 1876


Saborio, José J.


2 letters, 1875-1876

Additional Note

1875 letter addressed to V. Dardón.

Samayoa, José María


15 letters, 1874-1876

Additional Note

Part of letter of Nov. 3, 1875, mutilated, with text missing. Some written while minister of war of Guatemala.

Soto, Marco Aurelio, Pres. Honduras, 1846-1908


23 letters, 1875-1881

Additional Note

Some written while Guatemalan minister of foreign relations, and some while president of Honduras. Letter of May 28, 1876, addressed to Bernardo Garrido.

Tornel y Mendívil, José María, 1789-1853

See Companía Lancasteriana de México


U.S. War Dept.


2 letters, 1852, by C. M. Conrad


Uriarte, Ramón


8 letters, 1874-1877

Additional Note

Some written while Guatemalan ambassador to Mexico.

Vallarta, Ignacio Luis, 1830-1893


5 letters, 1877-1878