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Catholic Church Report Regarding New Mexico Missions

Identifier: MSS-22-SC

Scope and Content

This collection contains a photoprint and a transcription from the original Spanish document housed in San Felipe Church in Albuquerque. This report to Mexico City describes the status of each mission and each respective parish for 25 missions in New Mexico (Santa Fe, Tesuque, San Juan, Picuris, Taos, Abiquiu, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Cochiti Pueblo, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Zia, Jemez, Laguna, Acoma, Zuni, Isleta, Belen, San Felipe Neri, Sandia, Pecos, Nambe, Pojoaque, and Santa Cruz de la Cañada). For each parish, a description is provided regarding the state of spirituality (from regular to deplorable), the population of Spaniards and Indians in each, the name of the friar serving each parish, the salary of that friar (if any remuneration is received) either in currency or kind, style of vestment of the Native American inhabitants, and the agricultural or industrial practices enacted in each parish. Industrial activities listed include sock-making, weaving, pottery, hunting, and the elaboration of hides. With regard to weaving, it is suggested by the unnamed author that this industry be expanded by bringing teachers from Puebla, Mexico, to teach the craft further. Agricultural practices described include the harvest of corn, wheat, beans, and cotton. The ethnic heritage of Native Americans (principally Tewa or Keresan) is specified for each Pueblo and in some cases language is alluded to.

The collection has also been known as Catholic Church Records.

Research note: This unsigned document, reportedly housed at the San Felipe Church is an original copy of a report found in the Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico. The Center for Southwest Research has a facsimile copy of a version of this same report in a bound collection of New Mexico documents from the Biblioteca Nacional de Mexico (see Related Material link below under series Otros Archivos). The text in both the San Felipe incomplete report and in the Biblioteca Nacional document are the same except a few slight differences. The Biblioteca Nacional document is signed by Fray Cayetano Ignacio Bernal, Belen, Nuevo Mexico, September 1, 1794.


  • 1794

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This collection contains records regarding the status of the various missions in northern New Mexico in 1794 as communicated to the Province of the Holy Evangel of Our Holy Father San Francisco of Mexico City.

Related Archival Material

Documents from the Archivo General de La Nación de México and other related archives Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Narratives and Handbook Pertaining to 18th Century New Mexico Presidios Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. John Kessel Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Catholic Church Report Regarding New Mexico Missions, 1794
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131