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Legal Documents of Families from Zacatecas, Mexico

Identifier: MSS-585-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains groups of legal documents relating to the properties of the Arratia, Beltran, Calera, Cubero, Martinez, Monrreal, Piña, and Roldan families of Zacatecas, Mexico, dating from 1647 to 1759. A town and municipality in the state of Zacatecas carries the name Calera. The brother of Jose Beltran de Barnuevo, Father Luis Beltran was a famed author of sermons and religious poetry.

Among the types of documents represented in the collection are wills, inventories of properties, receipts, declarations, claims, certificates. The collection provides insight into the systems of inheritance, accumulation of wealth, and distribution of properties in the mid-seventeenth to mid-eighteenth centuries in the rich mining area of Zacatecas, Mexico.

The collection also includes a group of documents relating to the process of removing a criminal from ecclesiastical protection of sanctuary in Guanajuato, Mexico, 1819.

All documents are in Spanish.


  • 1647-1819 (bulk 1647-1759)

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)

Finding Aid of the Legal Documents of Families from Zacatecas, Mexico, 1647-1819 (bulk 1647-1759)
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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