The Benson Latin American Collection

José María Luis Mora:

An Inventory of His Papers at the Benson Latin American Collection

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mora, José María Luis, 1794-1850.
Title: José María Luis Mora Papers
Dates: 1795-1856
Abstract: Correspondence, literary productions and other documents of José María Luis Mora, priest, lawyer, and Mexican statesman.
OCLC Record No.: 29761754
Extent: 8 inches
Languages: Spanish, French, and English
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Priest, writer, newspaper editor, lawyer, supporter of the reform movement. Born 1794 in Chamacuero, Guanajuato; died 1850 in Paris. Received doctorate in theology in 1820. Presbítero del Obispado de Valladolid de Michoacán de Filosofía en el Colegio de San Ildefonso (1820). Member of the Diputación Provincial de México (1822). Named in 1822 by the Soberana Junta Provisional Gubernativa del Imperio to the commission appointed to formulate the general plan of instruction and public education. Diputado (1824-1826) to, and president (1825-?) of, the Congreso Constituyente del Estado de México; authored the state constitution and important laws. Member of the Comisión del Desagüe (1826). Became a lawyer in 1827. Published El Observador de la Republica Mejicana. Diputado to the Congreso General for the state of Guanajuato (1832). Member of the Dirección General de Instrucción Pública (1833). Director of the Colegio de Estudios Ideológicos y de Humanidades (1833). Founded the periodical El Indicador. When Valentín Gómez Farías, with whom Mora was closely associated, left the presidency in 1834, Mora moved to Paris, where he continued to write and publish. He was named Ministro Plenipotenciario to Great Britain in 1847.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, literary productions, certifications and official documents, financial and legal documents, lists, and printed material. Topics of correspondence include Mora's work on public education and drainage, and his transactions with the British and Foreign Bible Society. Later correspondence pertains mostly to Mora's personal affairs in Mexico during his residence in France, but includes commentary on the political situation in Mexico after 1834 with many references to Antonio López de Santa Anna and his policies. Major correspondents include Fernando Batres, Bernardo Conto, Valentín Gómez Farías, and Manuel J. de Lizardi. The series Literary Productions contains sermons and funeral orations, reports, instructions, notes, poetry, and compilations of material focusing on the independence period and Agustín de Iturbide. The series Certifications, Official Documents, and Biographical Information includes Mora's diplomas, passports, the record of his birth, and a partial résumé of biographical information. Legal documents include agreements and leases concerning matters of publication and housing. The papers also contain correspondence, literary productions, and a few financial documents pertaining to Mora's death and estate.

The papers are primarily in Spanish with some items in French, Latin, or English.


Documents are arranged chronologically within folders.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mora, José María Luis, 1794-1850--Archives.
Iturbide, Agustín de, 1783-1824.
Dupaix, Guillermo.
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876.
Subjects (Places, etc.)
Mexico--History--19th century--Sources.
Mexico--Foreign relations--1821-1861--History--Sources.
Mexico--Politics and government--1821-1861--Sources.
Plan de Iguala.
Other Entries
García Conde, Diego, 1760-1822.
Gómez Farías, Valentín, 1781-1858.
Lizardi, Manuel J. de.
Batres, Fernando.
Conto, Bernardo.
British and Foreign Bible Society.

Related Material

García, Genaro, 1867-1920.Genaro García Collection, 15-- - 1920?, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

José María Luis Mora Papers, 1795-1856, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

The José María Luis Mora Papers form part of the Genaro García Collection, which was purchased by the University of Texas in 1921 from the heirs of Genaro García.

Processing Information

The papers were described by the Benson's Mexican Archives Project in January 1994.

Finding aid initially prepared by the Mexican Archives Project, February 7, 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,


The following publications were based on the collection:

García, Genaro, 1867-1920.Documentos inéditos ó muy raros para la historia de México.
Volume 6.
Mexico City :
Vda. de C. Bouret,


1. Correspondence, 1820-1850

2. Literary productions. Includes reports, instructions, notes, and poetry (1810-1847) sermons and funeral orations (1806-1820?), 1810-1847; 1806-1820?

"Iturbide y el Plan de Iguala"(1821)
"Epoca principal desde la restauron de la Constitucion Espanola en 1820 hasta la entrada del ejercito trigarante en 27 de Septiembre 1821"
"Epoca principal desde la entrada del ejercito trigarante hasta la caida de Iturbide en marzo de 1823"(1821-1823)
"Examen de las laminas... del Capitan Dupaix"
Miscellaneous documents and partial drafts

3. Certifications, official documents, and biographical information, 1795-1842. Includes certifications (1795-1841), a nomination (1820), passports (1834-1848), and biographical information (1795, 1842, and undated), 1795-1848, undated

4. Financial documents, Invoices and receipts, 1833-1848

5. Legal documents, Agreements and a lease, 1835-1840

6. Documents pertaining to Mora's death and testament, Includes correspondence, literary productions, and financial documents, 1850-1856

7. Lists, 1822-1847

8. Printed material, 1835-1836