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Jesuit Missionary Collection

Call Number: WA MSS S-1143

Scope and Contents

This collection of 154 documents spans the dates November 8, 1671 through December 18, 1749. The documents were created in various sites throughout Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico, and in Arizona. They comprise 289 pages and fall into three related groups. The first group (entries 1 through 16 on the list) consists of 16 letters by various Jesuit missionaries, by the Visitador Alvaro Flores de Sierra, and by military leaders. They were written between November 8, 1671 and December 22, 1672 and are arranged chronologically. The letters concern recent attacks by the Seri Indians on Jesuit missions and villages and discuss the need for improved military protection.

The second group of manuscripts consists of 119 letters and documents addressed to Juan de Yturberoaga, Procurador of the Province of New Spain, concerning the distribution of supplies to the Jesuit missions as well as other administrative matters. The letters, which were written between December 5, 1707 and September 30, 1710 are arranged in alphabetical order by author. They are described in entries 17 through 49.

The third group of mansucripts consists of 19 letters written between October 23 and December 18, 1749. In the letters, various authors describe the problem of Seri attacks on the missions and settlements. The first document in the group (entry 50) describes in detail the many obstacles to transporting cattle in the region. The letters are arranged in alphabetical order by author and consist of entries 50 through 65. A list of names that appear in the collection:

Abendano, Juan de

Albarado, Ygnacio de

See: Alvarado, Ignacio de

Aldrete, Florencio de

Almanza, Miguel Xavier de, 1676-1725

Almonacir, Juan de

Almonazir, Juan de

See: Almonacir, Juan de

Alvarado, Ignacio de

Alvares, Esteban

Alvares, Juan

Anaya, Juan de

Aragon, Juan Antonio de

Arias, Antonio

Astina, Antonio de

Baduinari, Lorenzo

Balthasar, Juan Antonio, 1697-1763

Bartyromo, Melchor de, 1663-

Bayerca, Fernando, 1663-1730

Bazaldua, Juan de

Benavides, Martin de

See: Venavides Martin de

Bentura Ferrer, Juan

See: Ventura Ferrer, Juan

Betancur, Juan de

Boltor, Juan

Brabo, Cristobal [?]

Buelna, Andres de

Campos, Augustin de

Canto, Luis del, 1634-1687

Castellanos, Juan de

Cortez, Jacinto

Cruz, Manuel de la

Cuellas, Quiler de

Diserino, Francisco

Egidiano, Andres

Encinas, Juan de

Estrada, Geronimo de

Estrada, Ignacio Xavier de

Estrada y Bocanegra, Antonio de

Eymer, Wenceslau, d. 1709

Fernandez Bello, Antonio

Fernandez Cabero, Juan

Fernandez Zalema, Joseph

Flores de Sierra, Alvaro, d. 1673

Garcia, Andres Xavier

Garcia, Nicolas

Garcia Ramon, Alonso

Garfias, Bernardo de

Genusque, Daniel

See: Januske, Daniel

Gilg, Adamo, 1653-

Gonzalez, Manuel, d. 1730?

Goyeneche, Juan Francisco de

Guerrero, Joseph

Guillercagh, Cornelio

Gutierrez, Bernabe Fernando

Gutierrez, Francisco

Haller, Juan Baptista

Herrera, Antonio de

Huter, Juan de

Januske, Daniel

Kappus, Marcos Antonio, 1657-1717

Kino, Eusebio Francisco, 1644- 1711

Landa, Juan Antonio

Leal, Antonio

Lizardi, Andres de

Loaysa, Baltasar Xavier de

Lopez Rendon, Joseph

Maldonado, Augustin

Mancuso, Luis

Marin, Antonio

Marino, Ignacio Maria

Marras, Daniel Angelo, 1629-1689

Mesa, Joseph de, d. 1749

Minutuli, Geronimo, 1669-ca. 1710

Miranda, Thomas

Molina, Basilio Xavier de

Montane, Juan Joseph

Montt Vio, Ambrosio Juan

Mora, Francisco Xavier de, 1662-1720

Morantes, Pedro

Moya, Sebastian de

Mungia Villela, Juan de

Nava, Diego Manuel de

Nayduri, Lorenzo

Neumann, Joseph, 1648-1732

Noriega, Francisco Xavier de

Ordaz, Manuel de

Oro, Nicolas de

Otermin, Antonio de

Palazuelos, Panta Leon de

Pallares, Joseph de

Peraza, Joseph, d. 1709

Perera, Nicolas de

Perez Arroyo, Francisco

Pistoya, Geronimo

Protho, Pedro, d. 1730

Proto, Pedro

See: Protho, Pedro

Ramirez de Castro, Matheo

Ramirez Fenorca, Atanasio

Reynaldos, Pedro

Rioja, Martin de

Rivera, Joseph Joaquin de

Rivera, Juan Honorado de

Rodriguez Gallardo, Joseph Raphael

Rojas, Carlos de, 1702-1773

Romo de Vivar, Joseph

Ruiz, Gabriel

Salas y Cortez, Pedro

San Martin, Juan de

Sanches, Thomas

Sandoval, Felipe de

Segesser, Felipe, 1689-1762

Solchaga, Thomas de

Soto, Francisco Xavier de

Soto Mayor, Andres de

Tagle de Bustamante, Francisco Antonio

Toral, Joseph, d. ca. 1763

Tovar, Manuel de

Valdes, Gregorio

Valencia Betancur, Manuel de

Vega, Bernardo de la

Venavides, Martin de

Ventura Ferrer, Juan

Villafana, Nicolas de, 1638-

Villafane, Nicolas de

See: Villafana, Nicolas de

Vitoria, Alonso de

Yling, Guillermo

Yragorri, Roque de

Yrazoqui, Juan de

Yturberoaga, Juan de

Zanuba, Aguerra [?] Geronimo

Zavala, Pedro Joseph de


  • 1671-1749


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Conditions Governing Use

The Jesuit Missionary Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unspecified; please consult the appropriate curator.


0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection documents the history of the Jesuit missions in Mexico. Letters by the padres, the Visitador Alvaro Flores de Sierra, and military leaders discuss the Seri Indian attacks on the missions and the need for military protection. Documents addressed to Juan de Yturberoaga, Procurador of the Province of New Spain, concern the distribution of supplies to the missions and their administration. Material also describes the difficulty of transporting cattle in the region.

Processing Information

This finding aid, created before the advent of computer-generated files, has been converted into an ASCII data file by means of scanning and Optical Character Recognition software. While attempts have been made to retain the complete information from the original document, a number of format changes have been made to present the structure of this archive in accordance with current practice.

Guide to the Jesuit Missionary Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
June 1993
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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