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Izcue y Arias (Firm)
Izcue y Arias (Firm) Records
Manuscripts Division
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6 boxes and 2.2 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-6
Spanish; Castilian


Consists of 15 bound volumes (1786-1842) of commercial records/transactions from the Lima (Peru) merchantile firm of Izcue y Arias.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 15 bound volumes (1786-1842) of commercial records/transactions from the Lima (Peru) merchantile firm of Izcue y Arias. The records span one of the most turbulent epochs in Peru's history, beginning with the establishment of the Bourbon intendencies in 1784 through ultimate independence in 1824--and so provide insight into the commerce of a struggling South American nation. Bound in vellum with moderate soiling on covers; some volumes with pronounced worming.

The following is a volume by volume description of contents: Volume 1 (1786-1799), invoice and log book focusing on the Rio de la Plata trade; Volume 2 (1786-1816), account book, including lists of deliveries and outstanding client accounts; Volume 3 (1790-1793), merchant borrador or letter copybook, with references to the China trade, shipping issues, etc.; Volume 4 (1790-1793), rough listing of accounts, schedules of goods sold, paid receipts; Volume 5 (1791-1796), letter copybook with majority of content being letters to Spain; Volume 6 (1791-1794) account book, listing good sold, client invoice totals, and smaller receipts, with some deductions for expenses; Volume 7 (1793-1798) self-styled "diario" of goods sold, providing a running list of outstanding accounts, most marked (later?) as paid; Volume 8 (1793-1799), borrador or letter copybook [much worming that prevents use of last quarter of volume], filled with letters to Spain, discussing politics and future plans for partnership; Volume 9 (1795-1799), account book, listing goods sold, some marked as being sold to concerns in Chile; Volume 10 (1798-1807), warehouse log book, listing accounts pertinent to firm's warehouse, denoting clients and invoices paid; Volume 11 (1798-1811), account book, with thumb-indexed list of clients, followed by additional listing of accounts; Volume 12 (1816-1817), account book, focusing on expenses of various voyages and "petty cash" records; Volume 13 (1818-1824), letter copybook, with thumb-indexed list of clients with locations, followed by collection of letters on independence movement, shipwreck losses, etc.; Volume 14 (1818-1820), similar to #13, with more emphasis on letters throughout current and former Spanish holdings in the Americas; Volume 15 (1837-1842), letter copybook, with much on the trade and political situation in South America.


The volumes are arranged in chronological order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Izcue y Arias (Firm)

Izcue y Arias (Firm) was an 18th to 19th-century merchantile firm in Lima, Peru, partnered by Francisco Xavier de Iscue and Damaso de Arias.

Collection History


Purchased from William Reese Company in December 2008 (AM2009-64).


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

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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:

Izcue y Arias (Firm) Records; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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