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Chiapas Collection

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 33

Scope and Contents

1723-1927. 420 documents from Chiapas, Mexico, and Guatemala, largely collected by Flavio A. Paniagua: 18th and 19th century manuscripts, printed ephemera, and 44 bound volumes of 19th and 20th century laws and decrees, statistics, and newspapers. It includes documentation on the founding of Salto de Agua, the conversion of the Lacandón Indians, a Chamula Indian uprising, folk medicine, and church and political affairs.

The Chiapas Collection consists of over 400 documents relating to Chiapas, Mexico, purchased or acquired over a period of years from several sources. Documents previously identified as the Paniagua Collection, the Chiapas Area Collection or the Aram Collection are now assembled here into one expanded collection.

The principal collector was Flavio Antonio de Paniagua, a Chiapas lawyer, whom Frans Blom, the director of the Middle American Research Institute, met on a field expedition in 1925. After Paniagua's death David W. Aram acquired his entire collection of political, religious, and historic materials, and in 1934 the M.A.R.I. purchased those items dealing with Chiapas. They form the main body of the collection. Various acquisitions had been made during field expeditions and purchases of other Chiapas documents were later made from Aram. The individual provenance of each document is identified according to the following legend:

Certain items from these purchases do not relate directly to Chiapas and have beenplaces inother collections, their provenance recorded in the source file and on accession sheets. News papers of Mexico, which were part of Aram purchases of 1939 and 1949, have been added to the nespapaer collection. The documents include legal papers, Reales Cédulas, Reales provisiones, decrees, inventories, reports, censuses, bills of sale, correpondence, public notices, or broadsides, accounts, declarations of independence, music, pastoralletters, and other church papers, appointments, speeches, newspapers, periodicals, land claims, tax receipts, military reports and orders, rules, maps, labor contracts, statistics and other similar items. Documents fall into three main categories of: Manuscripts 1723-1916, Printed ephemera 1779-1927, and Bound volumnes 1813-1911. They are arranged in chronological order within each category. A partial calendar, which follows, has been prepared for all items.


  • 1723-1927

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

Note written by Ruth Olivera and Michael Fry, October 1981


420.00 Pieces

Arrangement Note

21 Hollinger boxes and 2 oversize folders
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor
Tulane University
New Orleans Louisiana 70118 US
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