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Guide to Researching in Florida's Colonial Papers: Spanish Colonial Period: Additional Sources

By Jason Zappulla and James Cusick

Copies of Collections from Other Institutions

The Buckingham Smith Papers (New York Historical Society) [PKY Microfilm   ]

Thomas Buckingham Smith (1810-1871) was a lawyer, diplomat, antiquarian, and author. Throughout his life, Smith was a devoted student of North American history, specifically Spanish colonialism and Native American cultures and languages. During the 1850-1860s, Smith translated and edited several publications, including Colección de varios documentos para la historia de la Florida y tierras adyacentes (1857),  A grammatical sketch of the Heve language (1861),  Narratives of the career of Hernando de Soto in the conquest of Florida (1866), and  Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeca de Vaca (1871).


The Jeannette Thurber Conner Papers (Library of Congress) [ PKY Microfilm  ]

Jeannette Thurber Connor (1872-1927) became interested in the early history of Florida after her investigation into a Spanish mission site found on the Florida estate of her husband Washington Everett Connor.   She was co-founder with John B. Stetson, Jr. (1884-1952) of the Florida State Historical Society in 1921. Among the volumes Connor translated and edited for the series were Pedro Menéndez de Avilés: Memorial by Gonzalo Solis de Merás (De Land, Fla.: Florida State Historial Society, 1923); Colonial Records of Spanish Florida, 2 vols. (De Land, Fla.: Florida State Historial Society, 1925 and 1930); and The Whole and True Discouerye of Terra Florida (De Land, Fla.: Florida State Historial Society, 1927). 


Woodbury Lowery Collection (Library of Congress) [PKY Microfilm   ]

Woodbury Lowery (1853-1906), a Washington patent lawyer and historian, published The Spanish Settlements Within the Present Limits of the United States (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1905).  The Manuscript Division has eighteen volumes of his notes and transcripts.  His map collection is also at the Library of Congress.  

Other Spanish Colonial Source Materials on Microfilm

Residencias, 1577-1737.  [Review of the Tenure of Governors].  Escribania de Camera, AGI.  Calendar index to those residencias which are held on microfilm reels 27 A-T at the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.  Created by Marta Ribera Domingo.  Two boxes - Oversize - F016 D671.

The St. Augustine Census of 1786. Translated from Spanish with notes by Joseph Byrne Lockey.  1 Box - Oversize - F.04 L815c

DeSoto Papers (1537-1544) containing Patronato 19 Ramo 2, 3, and 15; 21 Ramo 4; 51 Ramo 1-3; 57 Ramo 1, 4; 60 Ramo 6-7; 63 Ramo 9-10; 69 Ramo 2; 77 Ramo 1; 90 Ramo 5; 101 Ramo 18; 105 Ramo 6; 109 Ramo 4; 111 Ramo 7; 150, Ramo 6; 177 Ramo 20; 194 Ramo 34; 231, Ramo 12; 275 Ramo 34; 277 Ramo 241; 281 Ramo 108-109; Contratacion 3309 Folio 60-143, 5009; Santo Domingo 118, Docs. 70, 72; Mexico 95, 168, 204, 207; Indiferente General, 415 Folio 37-41, 737, 1205, 1962 Folio 287-288, 301-203-331-332; 1963 Folio 172, 221-222, 318   (Archivo General de Indias, Seville), 2 reels, PKY 29B 1-2

Padre Ramano, Eclesiastico #90, Audiencia de Quito; Probanza de Francisco de Arganaras, #98, Audiencia de Charcas  (Archivo General de Indias, Seville) PKY 28Q

Papeles de Cuba, Legajos 31, 52, 153A, 200, 222B, 687, 688, 2354, 2359  (Archivo General de Indias, Seville) PKY 24M

Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI-, Sevilla, Imprenta Editorial de la Davidia  (Archivo General de Indias, Seville) PKY 25B

Transcripts from the Archivo General de Indias c. 1706-1721, PKY 24L

Papeles de Estado Legajos 3883, 3887-3893, 3897, 1900-1902  (Archivo Historico Nacional, Madrid), 6 reels, PKY 56A

Microfilm Sets of Interest

Additional Spanish Colonial Source Materials


Various documents related to St. Augustine

(Biblioteca Central Militar, Madrid) PKY 141N

Legajo 6912

(Archivo General de Simancas) PKY 24M

Expediciones de Indias relativos a la provincia de La Florida, 1806-1819

(Museo Naval, Madrid) PKY 141O

Ramo Marina, Registers of Situados

(Archivo General de la Nacion, Mexico), 1792-1796, PKY 56I

Selected manuscripts relating to the history of Florida

(Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid) PKY 141P-Q

Establecimiento de los Indios Panazolenos del pueblo de San Carlos

(Archivo General de la Nacion, Mexico), 1764-1766, PKY 56I

Cradona, Cabeza de los Martires, MS 2463 

Mendoza, Itinerario, 1575, MS 3104

Escobedo, "La Florida," MS 187

Pulgar, "Historia general de la Florida, 1669

(Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid) PKY 141S

Selected documentes from Reales Cedulas 1645-1749

(Archivo General de la Nacion, Mexico) PKY 141M

Manuscrito 56, Documentos de la Obra sobre LimitesTomo XIX, Documento XIX

(Minsterio de Asuntes Exteriores, Biblioteca General, Madrid) PKY 24M

Papers concerning San Miguel de Panzacola 1760-1763

(Archivo General de la Nacion, Mexico) PKY 144F

Cedulario de la Florida, 1570-1604

(AGI, Santo Domingo 2528)  PKY 25A

Various Legajos (Archivo General de Indias, Seville) 10 reels, Reel 1: Indiferente General 1578, 1604, 1606; Santo Domingo 1527; Papeles de Cuba 1290-1291; Reel 2: Papeles de Cuba 1291, 1301, 1318, 2358; Mexico 3189; Santo Domingo 1231, 1322, 1235-1236; Reel 3: Papeles de Cuba 1227, 1281-1283, 1301, 1319; Reel 4: Papeles de Cuba 1354; Reel 5: Santo Domingo 2597-2598; Reel 6: Santo Domingo 850; Reel 7: Santo Domingo 2574, 2584, 2591-2593, 2658-2660; Reel 8: Santo Domingo 657, 847; Reel 9: Papeles de Cuba 1437, 1470; Reel 10: Papeles de Estado  (Archivo Historico Nacional) 3884. PKY 56N 1-10.

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