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Antonio Ochoa Carrillo papers and Benito Juárez correspondence

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2938

Scope and Contents

The papers of Antonio Ochoa Carrillo, 1852-1871, with letters that provide extensive information about the European Intervention in Mexico and limited documentation related to the Reform War in Mexico. Includes 56 letters from Mexican president Benito Juárez, as well as 12 letters from others, including future Mexican presidents Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada and José María Iglesias, as well as Mexican General Ramón Corona. The collection also includes five draft letters written by Ochoa.

Letters by Juárez offer accounts of the political, military, and financial conflicts, from the flight of the government into exile in 1863 through the defeat of Maximilian and the Mexican Empire in 1867. They document his part of a weekly correspondence with Ochoa Carrillo, sharing news of troop movements, battles, political maneuvers, and foreign diplomacy.

Printed material includes three printed circulars published in July-August 1859 by Manuel F. Ruiz, the Minister of Justice for Ecclesiastical Affairs and Public Instruction, Santos Degollado, Commander in Chief of the Federal Army; and Melchor Ocampo, Minister of the Interior, as well as a supplement of the Del Siglo XIX newspaper, which prints a letter from Juarez to the citizens of Mexico after the invasion by the French Army.

Most letters are accompanied by typescripts created by a former unidentified owner of the Spanish text, as well as English translations. However, many of these contain transcription and translation errors.

Dates

  • 1852 - 1871
  • Majority of material found within 1864 - 1866

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Antonio Ochoa Carrillo Papers and Benito Juárez Correspondence 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

Formerly owned by James S. Copley. Purchased from William Reese Co. on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2013.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet ((1 box) + 1 broadside folder)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.ochoa

Overview

The papers of Antonio Ochoa Carrillo, 1852-1871, with letters that provide extensive information about the European Intervention in Mexico and limited documentation related to the Reform War in Mexico. Includes 56 letters from Mexican president Benito Juárez, as well as 12 letters from others, including future Mexican presidents Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada and José María Iglesias, as well as Mexican General Ramón Corona. The collection also includes five draft letters written by Ochoa.

Antonio Ochoa Carrillo (1811-1883)

Antonio Ochoa Carrillo (1811-1883) was a Mexican attorney and mine owner, who served as governor of Chihuahua from 1857 to 1861 and 1873 to 1877. Born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Ochoa received a law degree in Guadalajara in 1839. He operated mines in Chihuahua in the Guadalupe y Calvo mining district. As governor of Chihuahua, Ochoa endorsed liberal reforms, including compulsory education for children, as well as established a state lottery to support local charities.

Benito Juárez (1806-1872)

Benito Juárez (born Benito Pablo Juárez García) was a Mexican lawyer and politician of Zapotec origin from Oaxaca. He served five terms as president of Mexico (1858-1872), as well as Governor of Oaxaca, 1847-1852. He was the first Mexican leader who did not have a military background, the first full-blooded indigenous national ever to serve as President of Mexico and to lead a country in the Western Hemisphere. During his terms as president, the government led by Juárez resisted the French occupation, overthrew the Mexican Empire, and restored the Republic of Mexico. His administrations also used liberal efforts to modernize the country.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Information included in the Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from a survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are based on those provided by the previous custodian. Titles have been verified against the contents of the folders.
Title
Guide to the Antonio Ochoa Carrillo Papers and Benito Juárez Correspondence
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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