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Cuarto Centenario Collection

Identifier: AC 396

Scope and Content

Collection consists of Spanish documents: two royal decrees, a contract with Juan de Oñate regarding the discovery and conquest of New Mexico dated September 21, 1595; and the appointment of Oñate and other members of the expedition to the title of Hidalgo, dated July 8, 1602. (The original documents are housed at the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, Spain). Included are illustrations of coats of arms, military uniforms and weapons, maps and architectural drawings of various styles of houses in rural Spain and England compiled by Jose Antonio Crespo-Frances y Valero and presented to the Palace of the Governors for the Cuarto Centenario.


  • 1998-

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

In 1998, Santa Fe celebrated two events that mark significant chapters in New Mexico history: the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Spanish settlers (Cuarto Centenario) and the 150th year since the treaty was signed making New Mexico a territory of the United States.


0.5 Linear Feet


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angelico Chavez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. The Palace of the Governors
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505-476-5090
  6. Fax: 505-476-5053
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Inventory of the Cuarto Centenario Collection, 1998-
Processed by John Ramsey
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090