- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Prieto and Maíz Family Business Records
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 1760-1974 (mostly 1890-1945)
- 17 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-17
- Spanish; Castilian
Consists of the records (1760-1974) of a large business conglomerate in northern Mexico founded by Pedro R. Prieto and owned by branches of the Prieto family, including Maíz family members, for three generations.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of the records of a large business conglomerate in northern Mexico founded by Pedro R. Prieto and owned by branches of the Prieto family, including Maíz family members, for three generations: financial and legal documents, maps, business and personal correspondence, and printed materials relating to their mining, urban, and rural properties. Extensive documentation of the mining industry in Mexico before, during, and after the Díaz Era (1876-1911) emphasizes how U.S. investment played an important role. Broad subject coverage focuses on the political and socioeconomic regional history of Mexico during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Prieto women demonstrate great acumen in managing the businesses of the Prieto Estate.
Organized into the following record groups: I. Mining--Financial Papers, Legal Papers, Maps; II. Urban--Legal Papers, Financial Papers, Maps, Miscellaneous; III. Rural--Legal and Financial Papers for Individual Properties; IV. The Prieto Estate (Intestamentaria)--Legal and Financial Papers; V. Miscellaneous--Personal Correspondence and General Financial Papers.
- Collection Creator Biography:
The Prieto and Maíz families developed business enterprises--mining and ranching--in northern Mexico (Chihuahua state) during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- Custodial History:
The collection comes from Pedro J. Maíz (Princeton Class of 1977), the great grandson of Pedro R. Prieto, founder of the Prieto Maíz business empire.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
Folder inventory prepared by Peter Runfola '2012.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Other Finding Aids:
A checklist of the collection (including a genealogy of the Prieto family) is available in the Department.
- Credit this material:
Prieto and Maíz Family Business Records; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Family archives -- Mexico -- Chihuahua.
Financial institutions -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- Real estate investments -- 19th century.
Financial institutions -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- Real estate investments -- 20th century.
Investments, American -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 19th century.
Investments, American -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 20th century.
Mineral industries -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- History -- Sources.
Mining claims -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 19th century.
Mining claims -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 20th century.
Mining industry and finance -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- History -- Sources.
Mining leases -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 19th century.
Mining leases -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 20th century.
Ranches -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- 20th century.
Real estate business -- Mexico -- Chihuahua -- History -- Sources.
- Genre Terms:
Commercial correspondence, Mexican.
Legal correspondence, Mexican.