José Augusto Escoto Cuban history and literature collection
- Majority of material found in 1715-1850
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
25 linear feet (61 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 31 volumes)
The "Correspondence" series is primarily personal in nature, and concerns literary, political, personal and family matters. The writers are mostly Cuban, although some are of Spanish and other nationalities, with letters originating in Cuba, Spain, the United States, and Mexico. There are large groups of correspondence among members of the Guiteras (Antonio, Calixto, Eusebio and Pedro José) and Milanés (Carlota, Federico and José Jacinto) families, as well as the collected correspondence of Tomás Gener.
The "Literary materials" series contains items by and about mostly 19th-century Cuban (and some Spanish) authors. A large number of these are poetry and drama, although novel and story fragments, translations, and other prose pieces are also present. This section includes both materials by each author and materials that document the author's life and works. Much of this material is autograph manuscript, but some are manuscript copies, often by Escoto or in unidentified hands. Also included are translations, lectures, transcriptions, and biographical miscellany. Of note are numerous compositions by and materials about the poets José María Heredia, José Jacinto Milanés, Federico Milanés, and Plácido. Portraits of many of these writers are also included in the form of lithographs, engravings, and printed items.
The "Historical Materials" series contains manuscript and printed matter relating to the intellectual and political history of (chiefly) 19th-century Cuba, up until the Spanish American War of 1898. Notable strengths of this section include works by early Cuban historians such as Antonio Guiteras, José Antonio Saco and José María de la Torre. These concern various Cuban independence movements and conspiracies of the mid-19th century, slavery, Jesuits, trade and demographic statistics, political administration, schools and other cultural institutions. Notable 16th-century and 18th-century pamphlets and documents concern the history of the Catholic Church in Mexico; others concern the Dominican Republic, Panama and Peru.
Subjects used to group the "Historical materials" series are: censorship, church, cities and towns, commerce and industry, conspiracies, history of Cuba, history of Mexico, history of Spain and Spanish colonies (Dominican Republic, Argentina, Panama and Peru), immigration, inquisition, Jesuits, land tenure, laws and legislation, military, piracy, political parties and elections, printing and publishing, public finance and taxation, schools and education, slavery and slave trade, statistics, theater, weights and measures, and miscellany.
The following subject terms have been noted throughout the finding aid: arrest, censorship, census, cities and towns, coins, commerce, commercial courts, commercial laws, conspiracies, conspiracy, conspirators, crime, crimes, customs, desertion, detention, education, elections, electoral census, electoral districts, geographical divisions, geography, government, immigrants, industry (agriculture, cotton, honey, ice, mining, rum, salt, tobacco, timber, wax), Inquisitions, Jesuits, Jesuit priests, judges, laws and regulations, mail steamers, military personnel, national defense, Negro Conspiracy, piracy, pirates, police, political administration, political parties, politics, population, ports, printing press, political prisoners, prisoners, prisons, public administration, publications, school, schools, Siege of Havana, slave owners, slave trade, slavery, slaves, societies, statistics, statutes, stock exchange, tariffs, taxation, taxes, territorial divisions, tithes, Título de Castilla, torture, troops, and weights and measures.
Biographical / Historical
A number of materials in this collection were compiled by Antonio López Prieto (1847-1883), known for his anthology of Cuban poets Parnaso cubano: colección de poesías selectas de autores cubanos, desde Zequeira á nuestros dias (Havana, 1881). His bound volumes of manuscript and printed historical and statistical documents concern Mexico as well as Cuba. These volumes include several apparently unpublished compilations of statistical and census data and original statistical charts. Originally classified as a supplement to the Escoto collection, these materials have been incorporated into the larger collection.
- I. Correspondence
- II. Literary materials
- III. Historical materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased by Thomas Barbour from the library of José Augusto Escoto of Matanzas, Cuba, ca. 1917.
The former MS Span 52.1 is now recataloged into this collection.
Final cataloging of this collection was completed in 2004 and a completely new arrangement was established. Earlier, incomplete lists and finding aids included a manuscript list by José Augusto Escoto; manuscript catalog cards with Spanish language subject headings, prepared by Araceli García Carranza; and Dr. Enildo A. García The Escoto Collection at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1988 (bound volume plus microfilm of volume).
- Escoto, José Augusto, collector. José Augusto Escoto Cuban history and literature collection, ca. 1574- 1922: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Cataloging funded by Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
- EAD ID
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