The Benson Latin American Collection

Bernice Weiss Collection, 1547-1914

Descriptive Summary

Creator Weiss, Bernice.
Title Bernice Weiss Collection
Dates: 1547-1914
Abstract Artificial collection consisting of manuscript and printed documents relating principally to colonial and 19th-century Mexico, especially civil, government, military, and church matters.
OCLC Record No. 33352719
Extent ca. 675 items (1.7 linear feet)
Language Spanish or Castilian.
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents Note

The Bernice Weiss Collection is an artificial collection consisting of manuscript and printed documents relating principally to colonial and nineteenth-century Mexico, especially civil, government, military, and church matters.

Items concerning personal, civil, and legal affairs (1547-1900) include correspondence, wills, inventories, estate settlements, petitions, and complaints. Some items in the series are hacienda and land records relating to Indian, Spanish, and church land transactions and disputes of ownership of land.

Materials pertaining to national and local government and military affairs (1621-1914, but mostly 19th century) include circulars, proclamations, official documents and communications, correspondence, and regional and municipal regulations.

Documents about the Catholic Church (1562-1866) include proclamations, regulations, official communications, and circular and pastoral letters relating to church organization and practices, the Archbishopric of Mexico, the Cathedral of Mexico, parish affairs (some concerning the interaction of curates and Indians), religious orders, and missions, among other topics. Among church materials is a record book of the charitable order of San Hipólito (1790-1803).

The materials are in Spanish.


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in three series:
  • I. Personal, civil, and legal affairs
  • II. Government and military affairs.
  • III. Catholic Church.
The documents are arranged chronologically within folders.

Index Terms

The Bernice Weiss Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries' catalog:
Catholic Church--Mexico--History--Sources.
Order of St. Hippolytus--History--Sources.
Land tenure--Mexico--History--Sources.
Mexico--Politics and government--Sources.
Mexico--Church history--Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bernice Weiss Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisitions Information

The Bernice Weiss Collection was purchased by the Benson Latin American Collection in 1977 from Bernice Weiss, a rare books dealer in Eastchester, New York.

Processing Information

The collection was described by the Benson's Mexican Archives Project in September 1994.

Prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, February 13, 1995.

Box and Folder List


I. Series, Personal, civil, and legal affairs.

box folder
1 1 1. Correspondence, 1765-1900.
2 2. Literary productions, 1799-1813.
3 3. Papers of Manuel Agreda, 1829-1841.
4 4. Marín Muñoz family papers, 1797-1858.
5 5. Military personnel, 1797-1867.
6 6. Assorted personal materials, 1611-1856.
7. Land transactions and disputes.
7-9 a. Indians, 1590-1837.
10-19 b. Spanish inhabitants of Mexico, 1547-1837.
box folder
2 1-6 c. Convents and chaplaincies, 1608-1827.
7-13 8. Wills, inventories, and estate settlements, 1727-1869.
14-22 9. Debts, petitions, and complaints, 1587-1887.


II. Series, Government and military affairs.

box folder
3 1-4 1. Circulars, proclamations, and official documents and communications, 1636-1914.
5 2. Correspondence (military concerns), 1821-1868.
6-7 3. Regional and municipal regulations, 1621-1844.
4. Military infractions.
8-11 a. Fort of Perote, 1801-1803.
12 b. Military personnel, 1787-1846.


III. Series, Catholic Church.

box folder
4 1-3 1. Papacy and Holy See, 1752-1819.
2. Episcopacy.
a. Archbishopric of Mexico.
4-6 i. Archdiocesan matters, 1683-1866.
7-9 ii. Cathedral of Mexico City, 1562-1843.
10-13 b. Regional dioceses of Mexico, 1694-1830.
3. Regular orders.
14 a. Internal government, 1631-1839.
15-19 b. Conventual life and colleges, 1600-1859.
20 c. Missions, 1786-1822.
4. Parishes.
21-22 a. Mexico City, 1775-1866.
23-24 b. Outlying areas, 1778-1808.