Latin American mss. --Panama, 1578-1905

Title: Latin American mss. --Panama
Collection No.: LMC 1625
Dates: 1578-1905

Quantity: 1 folio


Quantity: 2 folios

Quantity: oversize

Abstract: The Latin American mss. --Panama, 1578-1905, consists of individual items acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources, relating to Panama. Additions continue to be made.
Location: ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) - OVFlat; Lilly - Folio; Lilly - Map Case
Language: Materials are in Spanish .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452

Scope and Content Note

The Latin American mss. Panama, 1578-1905, are largely composed of items from the Independence period. A series of documents concern the Batallon de Pardos Libres in 1817 and 1818 and the invasion and capture of Portobello, Panama in 1819 by Sir Gregor MacGregor, an English adventurer. Three eighteenth century manuscripts deal with church construction, tobacco, and the defenses of Panama. Included is the petition of Pedro de Vaena to Felipe II, king of Spain, in 1578.

Correspondents represented in the collection are Pedro de Arichaga; Felipe V, king of Spain; Alejandro de Hore; Jose Gregorio de Osma; Herbert Henry Davis Peirce; Juan Jose Samano y Urribarri de Rebollar y Mazorra; and Melchor Torres.

Also included are a 1745 folio-sized map of the fortifications at Fort Gatun in Panama, an 18th-century elephant folio-sized map showing the port of Portobello and its surroundings, and an undated folio-sized map showing how land can be dammed to better serve agricultural purposes.

Note on Indexing Term - "Law": There is a large quantity of legal material pertaining to Latin America in these collections. Royal and viceregal decrees, both de oficio and de parte, are especially numerous.

Note on Indexing Term - "Religion": A large quantity of this material relates to religious matters.

Note on Indexing Term - "West (U.S.)" and "Americana": There are items pertaining to early settlements and colonial government in Texas, California and New Mexico, and information on Texas independence.


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Latin American mss. Panama, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information


Collection Inventory


foliobox 10
Vaena, Pedro de. Petition to Felipe II, King of Spain. , 1578, Aug. 29
foliobox 10
foliobox 10
1817, Feb. 24-1819, Aug. 5
foliobox 10
Sámano y Urribarri de Rebollar y Mazorra, Juan José. To Secretario de Estado del Despacho de la Guerra. , 1818, Sept. 19

Physical Description: (enclosures)

foliobox 10
Sámano y Urribarri de Rebollar y Mazorra, Juan José. To Secretario de Estado del Despacho de la Guerra. , 1819, June 7

Physical Description: (enclosures)

ovflat 24
Oversize , 1824, Dec. 13-1905, June 28
Map Case Lilly - 5
Maps. , n.d.

Physical Description: (3 items)