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Collection Number: 11500

Collection Title: Popayan Papers, 1721-1898 (bulk 1750-1860)

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Size About 12,000 items (17.0 linear feet).
Abstract The collection includes correspondence and other items, chiefly 1750-1860, of succeeding generations of several interrelated aristocratic families whose members were prominent in business, the church, and government of Popayan, Colombia, capital of the department of Cauca. The papers concern family matters, religious institutions, mining, stock-raising and farming, production and marketing of quinine, legal transactions and cases, and political revolutions of the nineteenth century. Principal families represented are Valencia, Perez, Arroyo, Varila, Arboleda, Hurtado, Cordova, Delgado, and Mosquera.
Language Spanish
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Popayan Papers, #11500, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased 1954.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is linked to this finding aid in the Scope and Content note below.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The collection includes correspondence and other items, chiefly 1750-1860, of succeeding generations of several interrelated aristocratic families whose members were prominent in business, the church, and government of Popayan, Colombia, capital of the department of Cauca. The papers concern family matters, religious institutions, mining, stock-raising and farming, production and marketing of quinine, legal transactions and cases, and political revolutions of the nineteenth century. Principal families represented are Valencia, Perez, Arroyo, Varila, Arboleda, Hurtado, Cordova, Delgado, and Mosquera.

The original finding aid contains more detailed information about the collection's contents.

Original finding aid

Popayan Papers PDF

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Contents list

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About 7000 items.

Folders 1-221 correspond to Boxes 1-17 in original finding aid. For the rest of the folders, relationships between folder numbers listed here and original box numbers are noted below.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 1a

Folder 1b-10

Correspondence and related papers, 1721-1760 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 1b-10

Folder 11-18

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Folder 12

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Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence and related papers, 1761-1769 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 11-18

Folder 19-29

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Folder 29

Correspondence and related papers, 1769-1774 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 19-29

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Correspondence and related papers, 1775-1783 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 30-43

Folder 44-55

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Correspondence and related papers, 1784-1789 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 44-55

Folder 56-69

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Correspondence and related papers, 1790-1793 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 56-69

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Correspondence and related papers, 1794-1798 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 70-82

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Correspondence and related papers, 1798-1803 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 83-93

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Correspondence and related papers, 1804-1807 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 94-107

Folder 108-118

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Correspondence and related papers, 1808-1810 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 108-118

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Correspondence and related papers, 1810-1817 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 119-129

Folder 130-139

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Correspondence and related papers, 1817-1820 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 130-139

Folder 140-150

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Correspondence and related papers, 1821-1826 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 140-150

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Correspondence and related papers, 1826-1828 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 151-160

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Correspondence and related papers, 1828-1832 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 161-173

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Correspondence and related papers, 1832-1836 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 174-185

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Correspondence and related papers, 1837-1842 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 186-196

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Correspondence and related papers, 1842-1879 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 197-211

Folder 212-221

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Correspondence and related papers, 1880-1898 and undated #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 212-221

Folder 222-228c

Folder 222

Manuscripts, 1830s and undated #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 222-228c

Box 18 in original finding aid.

Folder 229a-230f

Volumes, 1734-1865 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 229a-230f

Box 19 in original finding aid.

Folder 231-284

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Legal papers, circa 1750-1860 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 231-284

Boxes 20-27 in original finding aid.

Folder 285-319

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Other papers, 1750-1860 #11500, Series: "Popayan Papers, 1721-1898" Folder 285-319

Box 28 in original finding aid.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Manuscripts Department Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Container list added by Sara Mannheimer, May 2012.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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