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Archive collection documenting Jesuit activity in Mexico and South America, 1602-1815.

Identifier: jfb--MB9782

Scope and Content

This massive archive of Jesuit manuscripts documents the relationship between the Jesuits, Spanish authorities, the Indians of South America, and the Portuguese in Brazil in the 17th and 18th centuries. Included are depictions of battles with the Portuguese, discussions of the state of the Jesuit missions, including their commercial activities, the arming of the Indians, descriptions of specific encomiendas and haciendas, the actions of slave raiders, internal Jesuit administrative affairs, operation of Jesuit schools, and documents related to the expulsion of the Jesuits.


  • 1602-1815


Use of Materials

Collection is open for research with no restrictions.


It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. See curator for questions.

Historical Note

The Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits, is a mendicant religious order founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1540. During the early modern period, the Jesuits established missions throughout the world, including such regions as India, China, Japan, and the British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese colonies in the Americas.


3.9 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian



This manuscript collection contains correspondence and papers related to the Jesuit missions in Mexico and South America (concentrated in the Rio de la Plata region) in the early modern period. Manuscripts in Spanish, 2 in Latin.


Documents are arranged, for the most part, chronologically within the boxes/folders. See the Detailed Contents of Collection for individual documents and their location in the collection.

Physical Location

All 9 boxes shelved under the call number: 1602 fJe. Please refer to this number when communicating about this collection to Libraries staff. Citation of this collection should refer to this number: shelf number 1602 fJe, James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota

Archive of the Jesuits in Mexico and South America
Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The James Ford Bell Library Collecting Area

Elmer L. Andersen Library
Suite 15
Minneapolis MN 55455