Guerra family collection, 1752-1955 (bulk 1806-1886)


Guerra family collection, 1752-1955 (bulk 1806-1886)

The collection consists of facsimile copies of the personal, political, land and legal papers of Don José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega and his son Pablo de la Guera. The collection deals with the following subjects: Bear Flag Revolt, business, cattle trade, commerce, ranches and land grants in California, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Mission Santa Barbara and the other California missions, the Santa Barbara Presidio, California Indians, California politics and government, and women in California. Many other prominent Californians are represented in the collection: Juan Bautista Alvarado, Juan Bandini, José Castro, John Charles Frémont, Pablo de la Guerra, José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega, Henry W. Halleck, William E. P. Hartnell, Thomas O. Larkin, Mariano Payeras, Pedro Pérez Muñoz, Pío Pico, Alfred Robinson, William Tecumseh Sherman, Pablo Vicente de Solá. There is a separate sub-collection formed by the Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo papers [FAC 667 (1126-1188)], which includes 90 letters by Mexican-American author María Amparo Ruiz de Burton. The originals of the Guerra family Collection are at the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library. Most of the material is in Spanish. The collection includes a subject index as well as a descriptive calendar.

4,179 items.30 boxes.

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Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890 (person)

John Charles Frémont (January 21, 1813 – July 13, 1890) was an American explorer, military officer, and politician. He was a US Senator from California, and in 1856 was the first Republican nominee for President of the United States. A native of Georgia, Frémont acquired male protectors after his father's death, and became proficient in mathematics, science, and surveying. During the 1840s, he led five expeditions into the Western United States and became known as "The Pathfinder". During the...

Halleck, Henry Wager, 1815-1872 (person)

Halleck was born on a farm in Westernville, Oneida County, New York, third child of 14 of Joseph Halleck, a lieutenant who served in the War of 1812, and Catherine Wager Halleck. Young Henry detested the thought of an agricultural life and ran away from home at an early age to be raised by an uncle, David Wager of Utica. He attended Hudson Academy and Union College, then the United States Military Academy. He became a favorite of military theorist Dennis Hart Mahan and was allowed to teach class...

Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 (person)

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Payeras, Mariano, 1769-1823 (person)

Larkin, Thomas Oliver, 1802-1858 (person)

Thomas O. Larkin (1802-1858) was a merchant who settled in Monterey, California, who later became U.S. consul (1844-48) and served as a delegate to the California Constitutional Convention in 1849. From the description of Letter from Thomas Oliver Larkin to Job Francis Dye and party, 1845 Aug. 10. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122499643 Thomas O. Larkin, early California pioneer, arrived in California in 1832. Became succe...

Solá, Pablo Vicente de, 1761- (person)

Pérez Muñoz, Pedro, 1767-1842. (person)

Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo, 1832-1895 (person)

Alvarado, Juan Bautista, 1809-1882 (person)

Guerra family. (family)

The Guerra family was one of the most prominent families in early California. The chief figure in the collection is José Antonio de la Guerra y Noriega, who was born in Spain in 1779 and moved to Mexico in 1792. He entered military service as a cadet at an early age, later rising to the rank of captain. In 1801 he transferred to California where he was habilitado of Monterey and later of San Diego. Guerra was comandante of the Santa Barbara Presidio from 1815 until his retirement in 1842. He al...

Hartnell, William E. P. (William Edward Petty), 1798-1854 (person)

Born in England in 1798, William Edward Petty Hartnell, also known as Guillermo Eduardo Hartnell, came to California in 1822 after spending several years in South America in the employ of Lima's John Begg and Co. Beginning in 1823, Hartnell, with his partner Hugh McCulloch, conducted an extensive trade with the California missions, exchanging hides and tallow, foodstuffs, and other goods. Hartnell converted to Catholicism in 1824, married Maria Teresa de la Guerra in 1825, and became a Mexican c...

Castro, José, 1807-1860 (person)

Vallejo, Mariano Guadalupe, 1808-1890 (person)

A copy of speech commencing the celebrations of the centennial of San Francisco. From the description of Discurso, 1876, San Francisco. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 743385385 Perhaps compiled for Vallejo's "Recuerdos." Some entries in the handwriting of Henry Cerruti. From the description of Cuadernos para la historia de California, 1821-1846, 1874?. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 122502111 Vallejo ...

Robinson, Alfred, 1806-1895 (person)

Originally from Mass., Robinson went to Calif. in 1829 as the representative of the hide-trading and shipping firm Bryant, Sturgis & Co. From the description of Alfred Robinson logbook and diary : ms, 1829-1840. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122509056 Originally from Mass., Robinson first went to Calif. in 1829 as the representative for the hide-trading and shipping firm Bryant, Sturgis & Co. He married an heiress of Santa Barbara's de la Guerr...

Guerra y Noriega, José de la, 1779-1858 (person)

De La Guerra served at the Presidio in Santa Barbara, becoming captain in 1817 and commandant in 1827 serving until 1842. From land grants and purchases, De La Guerra became owner of over 1/2 million acres in present Santa Barbara, Ventura, Marin, and Sacramento counties, California. Luis Antonio Martinez came to California in 1798 and was expelled in a conflict with the goverment in 1830. From the description of José de la Guerra y Noriega receipt : Santa B...

Guerra, Pablo de la, 1819-1874 (person)

Pico, Pío, 1801-1894 (person)

Pio Pico was the last Mexican governor of Alta California. From the description of Visiting cards. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122642274 Pio Pico was the last Mexican governor of California. From the description of Pacific coast diary for 1885 : containing useful memoranda and tables for reference. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122498954 From the description of Diary, 1874. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122642277 From the description of Dia...

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (corporateBody)

Bandini, Juan, 1800-1859 (person)