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Iturbe e Iraeta family
Iturbe e Iraeta Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1754-1878 (mostly 1781-1845)
10 boxes and 3.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-10
Spanish; Castilian


Consists of records of three successive generations of the Iturbe e Iraeta, a prominent, Mexican merchant family of Basque origin, active in Mexican colonial and interregional trade from the 1760s to the 1840s.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of records of three successive generations of the Iturbe e Iraeta. Comprised of ledgers, letter books, collected incoming correspondence, commercial and hacienda accounts, and some personal papers (some of it on microfilm), the collection documents the family's Mexico-based mercantile trade activities (in cochineal, cocoa, sugar, etc.) and landed wealth during an important period of economic growth and political change. Included are letters to and from a variety of noted Mexican government and church officials, as well as prominent colonial merchants, miners, and nobility.

Collection Creator Biography:

The Iturbe e Iraeta family was a prominent Mexican merchant family of Basque origin that was active in Mexican colonial and interregional trade from the 1760s to the 1840s.

Collection History


The collection was purchased in 1980 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emily Garcia in the fall of 2008. Finding aid written by Emily Garcia in the fall of 2008.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Iturbe e Iraeta Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-10