Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Monterey Collection: Finding Aid
mssMR 1-407  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (81.12 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Overview
 
Table of contents What's This?
Description
This collection consists of letters and documents related to the government of the municipality of Monterey, California, primarily during the period 1828-1854.
Background
The town of Monterey, California, founded by the Spanish as a presidio in 1770, remained under the rule of New Spain until the Mexican government took control in 1822. During the Mexican period, the city was governed by an Ayuntamiento and an alcalde. Walter Colton became the first American alcalde of Monterey on July 28, 1846, serving during this formative period when the territory was under the rule of United Staets military governors. California officially became a U.S. possession in 1848, and after obtaining statehood in 1850 the Ayuntamiento became the Common Council, and a mayor was elected in place of the alcalde.
Extent
1,337 pieces in 8 boxes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.