The Benson Latin American Collection

José Yves Limantour:

An Inventory of Papers at the Benson Latin American Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator Limantour, José Yves, 1854-1935.
Title José Yves Limantour Papers
Dates: 1848-1911
Abstract Correspondence and personal financial documents of José Yves Limantour, Ministro de Hacienda of Mexico from 1893 to 1911.
OCLC Record No. 29749142
Extent 2 inches.
Languages and [code "spafreeng" not found in ISO 639-2 list].
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Finance minister in the second government of Porfirio Díaz, economist and lawyer. Born 1854 in Mexico City; died 1935 in Paris. Educated at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria and the Escuela Nacional de Jurisprudencia, from which he received his law degree in 1875. Professor of political economics at the Escuela Superior de Comercio (1876) and of international law at the Escuela Nacional de Jurisprudencia (1876-1878). Active in economic development and public works. Elected president of the Congreso de la Unión on April 1, 1892. On May 27, 1892, named Oficial Mayor, or Subsecretario, of Hacienda under Matías Romero. Upon the resignation of Romero in February 1893, Limantour became acting head of the ministry. He was confirmed as Ministro de Hacienda on May 9, 1893. Among his achievements were refinancing of the foreign debt, stabilization of the peso, and monetary reform. On May 25, 1911, Limantour resigned his office and left for Paris, where he lived until his death in 1935.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and financial documents comprise the bulk of the collection. Correspondence relates to personal business and mining enterprises. Financial documents concern personal finances. The remainder of the collection consists of a few literary productions and miscellaneous documents (including a memo about the construction of the Ferrocarril de Tehuantepec, papers concerning a division of family property, a report of an investigation into misconduct at a customs office, and several fragmentary documents), and a small number of lists and printed items.

The documents are mostly in Spanish, but approximately one-third are in French; occasional items are in English.


Organization and Arrangement

Documents are organized into six series by format of material, and arranged chronologically within folders.

Index Terms

Limantour, José Yves, 1854-1935--Archives.
Ferrocarril Nacional de Tehuantepec--History--Sources.
Mexico--Politics and government--1821-1861--Sources.
Mines and mineral resources--Mexico--History--19th century--Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

José Yves Limantour Papers, 1848-1911, Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin

Acquisitions Information

The José Yves Limantour Papers were donated to the University of Texas García Library in 1932 by Emilio Mosonyi, a Mexico City engineer.

Processing Information

The José Yves Limantour Papers were arranged into series by the staff of the Mexican Archives Project, which completed the processing and description of the collection in December 1993.

Finding aid initially prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, February 2, 1995.

Alternate Form Available

The papers are also available on microfilm.

Other Finding Aids

The following guide is available in the Benson Collection Rare Books Reference:

Castañeda, Carlos Eduardo, 1896-1958. Guide to the Latin American Manuscripts in the University of Texas Library.
Cambridge, Mass.,
Harvard University Press,



1. Correspondence, 1848-1911.


2. Financial documents, 1865-1910.


3. Literary productions and miscellaneous documents, 1882-1909.


4. Lists, 1907 and 1909.


5. Legal documents, 1879 and 1906.


6. Printed material, 1882 and undated.