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Christopher Columbus family collection

Call Number: Beinecke MS 431

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts on paper, in multiple scribal and notarial hands, relating to the descendants of Christopher Columbus, particularly the grants and privileges originally awarded to Columbus, as well other portions of the family's inheritance. Many of the documents are notarial copies of the original grants to Christopher Columbus by the Spanish crown. The title of each item is recorded as found on the cover of the document; all items are written on paper. The folio count does not, for the most part, include outer wrappers or blank leaves, but rather leaves with text. Many of the items consist of a series of documents, sometimes stitched together, often with half-leaves and/or letters bound or laid in.


  • circa 1650-1871

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Existence and Location of Copies

The entire collection is available in digital form.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Libreria del Plata in 1968 by Edwin J. Beinecke for the Beinecke Library.


3 boxes

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Guide to the Christopher Columbus Family Collection
Barbara A. Shailor
2022 October
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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Access Information

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