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Series 1. Cedulas and Certificates

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 1 Letter requesting christening of an emancipated slave
Dimensions: 5.5 x 7 in.
1834 November 29
Box 1, Folder 2 Name change for an emancipated slave
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1835 August 22
Box 1, Folder 3 Certificate of Liberty for a free Moreno
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1852 December 21
Box 1, Folder 4 Authorization for the book notation (?) of a free Negro
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in.
1856 July 6
Box 1, Folder 5 Cedula for Chinese Colono Slave
Contents Note: Partly printed, filled in manuscript document issued in Havana in 1858. This Chinese Coolie ID document was issued at the "Gobierno Politico de la Habana". Left and right margins contain 9 articles which quote laws and regulations pertaining to "cedulas". The mid section contains personal information of the Chinese Colono. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; ID certificate issued on behalf of Valentin native of China, 13 years, single, farm laborer, who was at the employ of the Torices Company for eight years. Signed:Havana 23/6/1858 Jose Echavarria. No.53.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1858 June 23
Box 1, Folder 6 Cedula for freed slave
Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.5 in. Partly printed, filled in manuscript document issued in Isla de Pinos, Cuba in 1859. This free/emancipated slave ID document was issued at the "Comandancia Militar y Political de la Isla de Pinos". Left and right margins contain 11 articles which quote laws and regulations pertaining to "cedulas". The mid section contains personal information of the free slave. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Isla de Pinos District - 1859. Nueva Gerona, June 1st. Certificate of freedom issued on behalf of Jaime Moral, of San Agustin de la Florida, of 39 years of age, who works as a handyman in a farm. Signed: Jaime Ochoa[TN:surname is a qualified guess]. There is a seal of the Military Commander Post at Isla de Pinos. A fee of 4 reales was paid for the certificate.
1859 June 1
Box 1, Folder 7 Cedula for freed slave
Contents Note: Partly printed, filled in manuscript document issued in Isla de Pinos, Cuba in 1859. This free/emancipated slave ID document was issued at the "Comandancia Militar y Political de la Isla de Pinos". Left and right margins contain 11 articles which quote laws and regulations pertaining to "cedulas". The mid section contains personal information of the free slave. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Isla de Pinos District - 1859. Nueva Gerona, June 1st. Certificate of freedom issued on behalf of Juan Audivert, of San Juan y Martinez, of 30 years of age, who lives in Tejar. Signed: Jaime Ochoa[TN:surname is a qualified guess]. There is a seal of the Military Commander Post at Isla de Pinos. A fee of 4 reales was paid for the certificate.

Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.5 in.
1859 June 1
Box 1, Folder 8 Cedula for free Moreno slave
Contents Note: Partly printed, filled in manuscript document issued in Isla de Pinos, Cuba in 1859. This free/emancipated slave ID document was issued at the "Comandancia Militar y Political de la Isla de Pinos". Left and right margins contain 11 articles which quote laws and regulations pertaining to "cedulas". The mid section contains personal information of the free slave. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Certificate of freedom issued on behalf of Felix Aicique [TN: name and surname are a qualified guess] of Matanzas, a carpenter of 33 years of age. Signed: Francisco Romanano. 10/6/1859. Isla de los Pinos. No. 64.

Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.5 in.
1859 June 10
Box 1, Folder 9 Cedula for Chinese Colono slave - Angel
Contents Note: Partly printed, filled in manuscript document issued in Havana in 1863. This Chinese Coolie ID document was issued at the "Gobierno Politico de la Habana". Left and right margins contain 9 articles which quote laws and regulations pertaining to "cedulas". The mid section contains personal information of the Chinese Colono. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Year 1863 - Havana District. This certificate is issued on behlaf of Angel, a native of China, of 22 years of age, single, who works at the quarry and has entered into a contract for a period of eight years with Mrssrs Morales and Pedroso, and subsequently leased for the same period to Rosalia Herrera. Signed: Havana, 4/5/1863.Pedro de Macasenes. There is a seal of the Poltical Government of Havana.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1863 May 4
Box 1, Folder 10 Cedula for Chinese Colono slave - Geronimo
Contents Note: Partly printed, filled in manuscript document issued in Havana in 1863. This Chinese Coolie ID document was issued at the "Gobierno Politico de la Habana". Left and right margins contain 9 articles which quote laws and regulations pertaining to "cedulas". The mid section contains personal information of the Chinese Colono. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Year 1863 - Havana District. This certificate is issued on behlaf of Geronimo, a native of China, of 29 years of age, single, who works as a domestic servant and has entered into a contract for a period of eight years with Mrssrs Morales and Pedroso, and subsequently leased for the same period to Josefa Herrera. Signed: Havana, 4/5/1863.Pedro de Macasenes. There is a seal of the Poltical Government of Havana.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1863 May 4
Box 1, Folder 11 Cedula for emancipated slave
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8 in.
1863 July 1 - December 31
Box 1, Folder 12 Full file granting freedom to a slave, Maria Antonia
10.0 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1880 June - August
Box 1, Folder 13 Issuance of owner and slave certificates delayed
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Spanish dated between November 19, 1880. Four pages (two pages hand written and two blank). Translated summary of this document reads as follows; There is a seal of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People. To the Delegate of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People. We have suffered severe delays in the issuance of certificates for owners and slaves. We kindly ask that you intervene in this matter in order to expedite the situation. Signed: Union, 19/11/1880. Cayetano Bango.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1880 November 19
Box 1, Folder 14 Personal paper for Juan Castanez, Chinese Colono
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1881 April? 20
Box 1, Folder 15 Personal paper for Guillermo Diaz, Chinese Colono
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1881 April? 20
Box 1, Folder 16 Request for freedom certificate of Slave Marcelina
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Spanish dated June 13, 1881. Two pages. This document related to slavery and emancipation of slaves talks about one slave named Marcelina represented by Isidro Morales is requesting her freedom certificate to be issued by the Provincial Board of Sponsored/Slave People.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1881 June 13
Box 1, Folder 17 Receipt of certificate for Creole slave
Contents Note: Document regarding slave owned by Ricardo Guerra. Manuscript document written in Spanish dated July 12, 1881. Two pages (one page hand written and one blank). This document related to slavery in Cuba is regarding a certficate (of freedom perhaps?) issued to a Creole Slave named Juan owned by one Ricardo Guerra. The document is addressed to the Secretary of the Board of Sponsored/Slave People of Matanzas and is signed by Eulogio Vargas.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1881 July 12
Box 1, Folder 18 Employer refusal of request for freedom by a Moreno
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1881 October 6
Box 1, Folder 19 Full file granting freedom to a Moreno
6.0 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1882 - 1884 July
Box 1, Folder 20 Full file granting freedom to a Moreno slave
7.0 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1882 January 10 - January 13
Box 1, Folder 21 Resignation of owner rights of a patronato for African slave signed by D. Maximino G. Longoria of Matea de Lagos
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1882 January 26
Box 1, Folder 22 Printed notice on the abolition of slavery in Cuba
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1882 April 30
Box 1, Folder 23 Declaration of exemption from Patronato System document
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1882 December 28
Box 1, Folder 24 Declaration of exemption from Patronato System document
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1882 December 28 - 1883 January 25
Box 1, Folder 25 Slave sponsorship document
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1883
Box 1, Folder 26 Full file granting freedom to a Pardo slave (Mantanzas)
9.0
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1883 January 25 - 27
Box 1, Folder 27 Declaration of exemption from Patronado System for a Morena slave
Dimensions: 7 x 8.5 in.
1883 February 28 - March 3
Box 1, Folder 28 Declaration of exemption from Patronado System for a Pardo [ex]-slave
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1883 March 3 - 19
Box 1, Folder 29 Declaration of exemption from Patronado System for a 16-year-old Morena slave
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1883 November 19
Box 1, Folder 30 Full file granting freedom to a Morena slave
11.0 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1883 December 3 - 1884 January 18
Box 1, Folder 31 Schedule for granting slaves release from Patronato System
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1884 February 6
Box 1, Folder 32 Full file granting freedom to a Morena slave
10.0 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1884 July 22 - December 23
Box 1, Folder 33 Nationality certificate for 50-year-old Chinese Colono slave
Contents Note: Colonial Spain document dated December 9, 1884. The document contains ink seal from the Chinese Consulate in Havana on the front page and Consulate Agency of China in Matanzas.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1884 December 9

Series 2. Children

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 34 Application to baptize an Asian 18-year-old 19th century - no date.
Dimensions: 5 x 6.5 in.
18?? no date
Box 1, Folder 35 Birth certificate for the son of a free Morena (born March 27, 18??)
Dimensions: 4 x 5 in.
18?? 1863-1872
Box 1, Folder 36 Birth certificate for the son of a free Morena (born May 31, 18??)
Dimensions: 4 x 8 in.
18?? 1863-1872
Box 1, Folder 37 Birth certificate for the daughter of a free Parda (born June 15, 18??)
Dimensions: 4 x 6 in.
18?? 1863-1872
Box 1, Folder 38 Birth certificate for the son of a free Morena (born October 13, 18??)
Dimensions: 4 x 7 in.
18?? 1863-1872
Box 1, Folder 39 Birth certificate of a daughter of a free Parda (born 20 November 18??)
Dimensions: 2.5 x 7.5 in.
18?? 1863-1872
Box 1, Folder 40 Authorization to baptize a slave, 1836 May 15
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1836 May 15
Box 1, Folder 41 Rape of 3-year old girl by black slave (2 Mss. documents)
Contents Note: Set of two manuscript documents that describes an attempted rape of a three year old white girl by a black slave. The documents describe in detail the alleged attack on the child. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Document 1: There is a seal of HM Isabella II. Dear Sir, Isidro Moreno, of the Royal Exchequer, has received a letter from his wife, who resides in Cardenas, who notified him of the fact that her black [slave] attempted to deflower [TN:literal translation], Isabel, their daughter, of less than three years of age. He is requesting that criminal proceedings be initiated against him. Signed: Havana, 16/4/1844. Isidro Moreno. Doument 2: Indictment - In Cardenas, on 15/4/1844, Colonel Javier Quintayeros presided a public audience in which Saturnina Isursa notified him that 4-5 days ago the black Patricio Ganga entered his house, asking to take some water from the well. Her daughter, three years old, was in the house. Isursa then heard some screams coming from her room. Ganga escaped, while the little girl cried, pointing to her private parts. It was ascertained that this area of the body had been injured. Dr. Lorenzo Hevia ascertained that the little girl had suffered an injury in her private parts. The black man was apprehended and remanded in prison. The doctors have certified that the little girl is currently ill as a result of the injuries. On 15th of this month Saturnina Isursa has appeared before the judge, ratifying the statement previously made, under oath. She reiterated that the statement is identical to the narration which he previously outlined. She added that on the day of that particular incident, the black man returned to the house. Isursa was asked whether there were traces of blood and inflammation in the little girl's private parts after the alleged incident. She said that she could not answer that question. She did say that Dr. Hevia has ascertained the presence of some blood and inflammation two days after the incident took place. She also said that she could not remember the exact date in which the incident took place. In addition, she stated that there were no other people in the house that day other than Isursa and her daughter Isabel. The indictment against Patricio Ganga, who attempted to deflower Isabel Moreno, of three years of age, was thus officially submitted in Cardenas, on 23/4/1844. Signed: Jose Acosta and Joaquin Duarte

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1844 April
Box 1, Folder 42 Birth certificate for the son of a Morena (born 1847 March 28)
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1847 April 12
Box 1, Folder 43 Birth certificate for the son of a Morena (born 1858 February 15)
Dimensions: 2 x 8 in.
1858
Box 1, Folder 44 Application to baptize the daughter of a Parda
Dimensions: 6 x 7.5 in.
1859 August 7
Box 1, Folder 45 Application to baptize a child of parents from Canton China
Dimensions: 5 x 8 in.
1863 June 29
Box 1, Folder 46 Birth certificate issued for the daughter of a slave (born 1863 December 20)
Dimensions: 4 x 7 in.
1864 January 28
Box 1, Folder 47 Baptism of slave child (born 1863 November 16 /dated 1864)
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Cuba dated January 17, 1864. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This document is regarding baptism of a child slave named Cristobal Jose de los Dolores. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Cristobal Jose de los Dolores was born on 16/11/1863, the son of Moreno Carlos Aleo and Juliana, a creole slave woman owned by Rosalia de Paz. Signed: Cerro, 17/1/1864. Rosalia de la Paz de Fuero.

Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1864 January 17
Box 1, Folder 48 Birth certificate for the daughter of a slave mother (born 1869 December 26)
Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 in.
1869 or 1870
Box 1, Folder 49 Birth certificate for the daughter of a slave mother (born 1870 February)
Dimensions: 3 x 6 in.
1870
Box 1, Folder 50 Birth certificate of the son of a Parda mother (born 1872 October 10)
Dimensions: 3 x 7 in.
1872
Box 1, Folder 51 Birth certificate for Parda slave girl (born July 9, 1879)
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Cuba dated 1879. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This document is a statement which certifies a birth of a child "Pardo" slave named Endosia. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; To the priest of the "Cerro" Church, The Parda girl Endosia, is a daughter of Morena Merced. Her godparents are Pedro Rojas and Merced Nevanes. She was born on 9/7/1879.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1879
Box 1, Folder 52 Payment of interest for sponsorship of child slaves
Contents Note: Set of two manuscript documents written in Spanish dated May 9 and June 8, 1881. Eight pages (five pages hand written and three blank). Translated summary of the documents reads as follows; Document 1: There are seals of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People in Cardenas and Matanzas. To the President of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People, Matanzas - Dear Sir, We would like to ask whether the sponsor of the minor has to pay some interest on the sum given to him. Or whether he should retain that money to redeem the terms of the sponsorship when this minor reaches adulthood. Signed: Cardenas, 9/5/1881. This signature is not legible. Document 2: Miguel Alfredo Lavastida, Secretary General of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People - It has been decided that the interest should be paid on the sum provided for the sponsorship of a minor, which could be retained until he reaches adulthood. Signed: Matanzas, 9/6/1881. Lavastida.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1881 May - June
Box 1, Folder 53 Tutelage rights of sponsors for slave children
Contents Note: Set of two manuscript documents dated between March 21 and April 5, 1883. 6 pages (5 pages hand written - 1 page blank). This fantastic set of documents related to emancipation of slavery in Cuba talks about some of the "politics" involved in this process. Translated summary of the documents reads as follows; Document 1: Board of Slave Owners of Bolondron, Board of the Slave Owners of Matanzas, March 27, 1888, To the President of the Board of the Slave Owners of Matanzas - Dear Sir, There have been repeated requests by freed black men to issue freedom certficates for minors, adducing that they will be exercising guardianship over them. They will be allowed to do so if they pay the necessary fees to the sponsor or if it can be attested that they are taking care of those minors. Since the current legislation gives tutelage rights to the sponsors, we deemed necessary to clarify the situation. Signed: Bolondron, March 21, 1883. Martin Lara. Document 2: Miguel Alfredo Lavastida, Secretary of the Board of the Slave Owners (Family Division) states that in the case of the black orphan (TN: no name is given), the tutelage rights of the sponsor are hereby extinguished. Signed: Matanzas, April 5, 1883. Miguel Alfredo Lavastida.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1883 March 21-April 5

Series 3. Escapes

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 54 Request for funding to prevent slave escapes
Contents Note: Document written in Madrid, Spain dated September 27, 1820. One leaf (text on both pages). This fascinating document related to slavery talks about financial aid granted to help prevent escapism among black slaves. This document has been written by the Spanish Minister of Overseas "Ministerio de Gobernacion del Reino para Ultramar" Antonio Fernando Basilio Porcel Roman. He held this post from March 17, 1820 to November 29, 1820. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Government of Overseas Territories, To the Governor and Political Chief of Havana - Dear Sir, The Mayoralty of Santiago de Cuba has asked the Council of the Indies for the reimbursement of the sum of 44,000 pesos, to be utilized in order to prevent the escape of the black slaves from their masters. This request is submitted for a resolution on the matter. Signed: Madrid, 27/9/1820. Porcel.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1820 September 27
Box 1, Folder 55 Letter regarding emancipated black slaves apprehended on Ship "Diligencia"
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Guanabana, Cuba dated June 15, 1836. Four pages (two with text and two blank). Translated summary of this document reads as follows; To the Political and Military Governor of Matanzas, A number of emancipated blacks have been apprehended when they were on board the 'Diligencia' ship. Signed: Guanabana, 15/6/1836. Andres Badajoz. No. 62.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1836 June 15
Box 1, Folder 56 Circular from Captain General Gerónimo Valdés regarding escaped slaves
Contents Note: Document written in Havana, Cuba dated June 9, 1842. One page. This document is a memorandum issued by Captain General of Cuba Geronimo Valdes regarding escaped black slaves "negros cimarrones". Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Memorandum, Regarding the reports regarding black cimarrones (translator's note - negro cimarrones are black escapees) it is asked from the people in charge that the reports sent to the government be more precise. Havana, June 9, 1842. Geronimo Valdes.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1842 June 9
Box 1, Folder 57 Escaped slave list
Contents Note: Set of two manuscript documents written in Santa Ana, Cuba dated April 23 and 25, 1843. Six pages (two pages with text and four blank). This set of two documents contains a list with information regarding escaped slaves in Santa Ana area, Cuba. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Document 1: Captaincy of Santa Ana, To the Political and Military Brigadier Governor of Matanzas, I attach the file concerning details of the black escapees. Signed: Santa Ana, 23/4/1843. Juan Bautista Bosquin. Documents 2: [ledger containing details of the black escapees in the Santa Ana district, including those who have been apprehended and tried] Signed: Santa Ana, 25/4/1843. Juan Bautista Bosquin.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1843 April 23-25
Box 1, Folder 58 Investigation of slave conspiracy in Matanzas
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Madrid, Spain dated March 28, 1844. One leaf (text on one page). This interesting document related to slavery in Cuba informs of a pending investigation into a conspiracy led by black slaves in Matanzas province, Cuba. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Department of the Navy and Commerce and Government of the Overseas Territories, To the Governor Captain General of Cuba - Dear Sir, Her majesty has been notified of the decision to make investigations regarding the conspiratorial machinations of several black slaves in the district of Matanzas. Signed: Madrid, 28/3/1844. Portillo.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1844 March 28
Box 1, Folder 59 List of escaped slaves in Santa Ana
Contents Note: Set of two manuscript documents written in Santa Ana, Cuba dated February 25, 1845. Six pages (two pages with text and four blank). This set of two documents contains a list with information regarding escaped slaves in Santa Ana area, Cuba. Translated summary of the documents reads as follows; Document 1: Captaincy of Santa Ana, To the Political and Military Brigadier Governor of Matanzas, I attach the file concerning the details of the black escapees. Signed: Santa Ana, 25/2/1845. Policarpo Villamil. Document 2: [Ledger containing details of the black escapees in the Santa Ana district] Signed: Santa Ana, 25/2/1845. Policarpo Villamil.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1845 February 25
Box 1, Folder 60 Registration and control of different black runaway slaves, Santa Ana
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1849 January 31
Box 1, Folder 61 Escaped slaved disembarking on coast of Camarioca
Contents Note: Document written in Camarioca, Cuba dated Novemeber 8, 1860. One leaf (text on one page). Translated summary of the document reads as follows; General Captaincy of the Cuba-Telegraph Department. TELEGRAM: Concha, 8/11/1860, To the Superior Civil Governor - Havana, It would appear that a number of black escapees are about to disembark in the coast of Camarioca. Signed: Berdugo. Carlos Salcedo, Director of Telegraph Station.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1860 November 8
Box 1, Folder 62 Request by the Count of Valmaseda requesting funds for the deposit of "Muzzles" (newly arrived slaves fleeing)
Dimensions: 8 x 12 in.
1860 December 6

Series 4. International Trade

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 63 Judge mediating case for suppression of slave trade between United States and Cuba returned to his job
Contents Note: Document written in Havana, Cuba dated March 15, 1869. One leaf (text on one page). Translated summary of the document reads as follows; To the General Captain, Guillermo Dudley Ryder, the judge mediating in the case regarding the importation of slaves between the US and Spain has been reinstated to his job. Signed: Havana, 15/3/1859. Jose Crawford (British Judge). Condition; document is in very good condition with some minor wear.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1859 March 15
Box 1, Folder 64 Request for decree regarding transportation of Colonos Yucatecos
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Madrid, Spain dated May 18,1860. One leaf (one page with text). This is a very rare document related to 'Yucateco' Colonos in Cuba. It is important to note that the document has been countersigned by Captain general of Cuba Serrano when he received it in Havana. His signature is on the first page to the left of the main text. Francisco Serrano Dominguez Cuenca y Perez de Vargas, 1st Duke of la Torre Grandee of Spain, Count of San Antonio (1810-1885) was a Spanish marshal and statesman. He was Prime Minister of Spain and regent in 1868-1869. He served as Captain General of Cuba 1859-1862. Translated summary reads as follows; Department of War and Overseas Territories, To the Captain General of Cuba - Dear Sir, I write to you on this in order to kindly ask for a copy of the royal decree concerning the transportation of Colonos Yucateco (Yucatan - Mexico). Signed: Madrid, 18/5/1860. Augusto Ulloa. Director General.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1860 May 18
Box 1, Folder 65 Introduction of free African Colonos
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Madrid, Spain dated June 6, 1860. One leaf (one page with text). This is a very rare document related to African Colonos in Cuba. Curiously the Spanish created a way to allure free blacks from Africa to come to Cuba with a Colono status which meant slave-like conditions. It is important to note that the document has been countersigned by Captain general of Cuba Serrano when he received it in Havana. His signature is on the first page to the left of the main text. Francisco Serrano Dominguez Cuenca y Perez de Vargas, 1st Duke of la Torre Grandee of Spain, Count of San Antonio (1810-1885) was a Spanish marshal and statesman. He was Prime Minister of Spain and regent in 1868-1869. He served as Captain General of Cuba 1859-1862. Translated summary reads as follows; Department of War and Overseas Territories, To the Captain Governor General of Cuba - Dear Sir, A resolution regarding the introduction of African colonos is expected from the relevant authorities. Signed: Madrid, 6/6/1860. Augusto Ulloa. Director General.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1860 June 6
Box 1, Folder 66 Document regarding number of Chinese Colono slaves imported to Cuba reported as 42,501
Contents Note: This document contains very interesting statistical information as it tells that 42,501 chinese Colonos have been brought to Cuba until 1859. It is also important to note that the document has been countersigned by Captain general of Cuba Serrano when he received it in Havana. His signature is on the first page to the left of the main text. Francisco Serrano Dominguez Cuenca y Perez de Vargas, 1st Duke of la Torre Grandee of Spain, Count of San Antonio (1810-1885) was a Spanish marshal and statesman. He was Prime Minister of Spain and regent in 1868-1869. He served as Captain General of Cuba 1859-1862. Translated summary reads as follows; Ministry of War and Overseas Territories, "I am addressing Your Excellency so he can express his opinion on the divergences registered in the Logbook of the Navy regarding the Asian colonos who entered the island until 1859, a total of 42,501 individuals and the state of the total White population (17,001)". Madrid, September 14, 1860. Signed:Gabriel Enriquez.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1860 September 14
Box 1, Folder 67 American ship "Live Yankee" transports Chinese Colono slaves from Macau to Cuba
Contents Note: Document written in Madrid, Spain and is dated January 9, 1861. Five pages. Manuscript document related to the Chinese Colono Slaves. The Spanish Consul in Macau informs that an American vessel the 'Live Yankee' Captain Thorndike set sail to Cuba with 752 Chinese Colonos on board. It is important to note that the document has been countersigned by Captain general of Cuba Serrano when he received it in Havana. His signature is on the first page to the left of the main text. Francisco Serrano Dominguez Cuenca y Perez de Vargas, 1st Duke of la Torre Grandee of Spain, Count of San Antonio (1810-1885) was a Spanish marshal and statesman. He was Prime Minister of Spain and regent in 1868-1869. He served as Captain General of Cuba 1859-1862. Translated summary reads as follows; Ministry of War and Overseas Territories, To the Governor Captain General of Cuba, The Spanish Consul in Macau has announced that the Anglo-American ship, the 'Live Yankee' Captain Thorndike set sail for Cuba carrying 752 Chinese colonos. These men were hired by the Vargas and Company, on behalf of the Torices, Puente and Company of Havana. It has been ascertained that the ship carries all the necessary equipment. The ship also carried with it two translators and a European doctor. In addition, the ship contains water of good quality and food to last for the duration of the trip. Signed: Madrid, 9/1/1861. Augusto Ulloa. Director General.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1861 January 9

Series 5. Lists

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 68 List of slaves in the Deposito Municipal in Matanzas
Contents Note: Manuscript document dated October 16, 1888. One leaf. This unusual slavery document is a list from a Municipal Slave Detention or Holding Area in Matanzas, Cuba. It lists in detail 15 slaves. The ledger described "Slave Transactions" in the first two weeks of October 1882. Information in the list includes names of slaves and their sponsors, the point of origin and the supervising governmental board as well as entry and exit dates.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1882 October 16
Box 1, Folder 69 Slave register for Junta Local de Patronato de Santa Ana
Contents Note: Detailed listing of 719 slaves. 23 pages. This slave registry document was prepared at the ' Junta Local de Patronato de Santa Ana' which was the government cell responsible for slavery related issues under the 'Patronato System' in Cuba. There are 719 slaves listed. Each slaves is described with ID number, name, age, sex, descent and the name of the owner 'Patrono'. Slaves listed in this document are aged from 3 years old to 46. Their descent includes Criollo, Lucumi, Macua, Congo, Arara Africa as well as Cuban.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1884 June 11

Series 6. Military Service

Container Description Date
Box 1, Folder 70 Free Morena slave, widow of soldier in Parda Regiment, requesting pension
Contents Note: Manuscript written in Madrid, Spain dated Septemmber 16, 1820. One leaf (text on one page). This curious document has been signed by Canga Jose Arguelles and Cifuentes (Oviendo, July 17 of 1770 - ib. December 2 of 1843), was a Spanish politician. In 1804 he became accountant Army during the Revolutionary War took part in the Superior Board of Valencia, later was a member of Cadiz, Minister of Finance of the Regency and produced his Report on the Public Credit (1811) and presented the first budget. Confined in Peniscola (Castellon) by Fernando VII, wrote his Elements of the science of finance, tax work summit nineteenth century. With the establishment of the Liberal Triennium (1820-1823), became a minister of finance until 1821, when published the famous report on the state of the Treasury. Exiled in London, published his Dictionary of Finance (1826-1827), and in 1829, and in Spain, published the Supplement to his dictionary. Translated summary reads as follows; To the Royal Exchequer of Overseas Territories, To the Mayor of Havana, We submit for your attention the petition presented by the Morena Josefa Maria de la Natividad, a widow of Lorenzo Jose Montoya, who belonged to the Pardo regiment in Havana, requesting a pension of one vellon per day. Signed: Madrid, 16/9/1820. Canga Arguelles.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1820 September 9

Series 7. Mortality and Illness

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 1 Doctor fired for refusing medical treatment to Chinese Colono slave
Dimensions: 8 x 12 in.
1849 August 29
Box 2, Folder 2 Police report of a free Pardo, a firefighter, injuring another person
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8 in.
1853 August?
Box 2, Folder 3 Suicide or murder of Chinese Colono slave
5.0 manuscripts12 pieces, some with writing on both sides
Contents Note: Set of five manuscript documents related to the Chinese Colono Slaves in Cuba. This fascinating set discusses a suicide of one of the Chinese Colono. It is speculated that the death might be a result of murder. Written in Jagua la Grande and Havana the set dates between March 25 and September 20, 1860. 22 pages (19 with text and 3 blank). Translated summary reads as follows; Document 1: The Mayoralty, We submit a report concerning Pedro, an Asiatic man, who has committed suicide. Signed: Jagua la Grande, 25/3/1860. The Comptroller of the Pretorial Audience. Document 2: Today, we have found Pedro, an Asiatic man, in a moribund state, in the property belonging to Antonio Vidal. He had signs of having been beaten in the head. A formal investigation has been launched with the help of the local notary public and the number of witnesses. Pedro had his clothes sullied with blood. In addition, the physical examining Pedro found seven different injuries in his head. The injuries sustained by Pedro were distributed across the skull, included the posterior and front parts of the head. It appears that the injured man has lost a lot of blood. In addition, his head had a heavy feeling to it. The possibility that this is a case of suicide seems very improbable since the number of injuries sustained by this man were too many for it to have been his own work. It is incumbent upon us to ascertain whether this man has any enemies and whether there are any circumstances that may have led to this incident. This report is submitted for the attention of the Pretorial Audience. Signed Jagua la Grande, 21/3/1860. The signature is not legible. Document 3: Dear Sir, We submit a report concerning Pedro, an Asiatic man, who has committed suicide. Signed: Jagua la Grande, 3/7/1860. The Comptroller of the Pretorial Audience-Havana. Document 4: After a series of investigations conducted on the case pertaining to Pedro, an Asiatic man, it appears that he inflicted upon himself seven injuries in the head since he was ill. The Penal Code prescribes that he should not be absolved for his misdemeanor. It is up to the judge to decide whether the case should be prosecuted. Signed: Havana, 4/8/1860. Francisco Loriga [TN: the surname is a qualified guess]. In accordance with the jurisprudence regarding cases of suicide, it has been decided that the Asiatic man, Pedro, should not be prosecuted. This decision is based on the need to instill upon the population a moral perspective on the issue, emphasizing the ethical wrongness of attempting to committ suicide. (There is a note signed by the recorder, certifying the decision made by the judge). This tribunal should ascertain whether this Asiatic man is in a position to pay a fine for his actions. Signed: Havana, 12/9/1860. The signature is not legible. Document 5: (There is a breakdown of the costs incurred in determining the circumstances surrounding the incident). Signed: Havana, 20/9/1860. Villate, Havana, 28/9/1860. A copy of the above breakdown of costs should be submitted to the judge. The signature is not legible.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1860 March - September
Box 2, Folder 4 Cholera infections and deaths among Chinese Colono slaves
2.0 manuscripts
Contents Note: Set of two manuscript documents related to the Chinese Colono Slaves. The set talks about Cholera infections and deaths among the Chinese during their lengthy voyage to Cuba. A very interesting subject and rare primary source of information on this fascinating topic. First document has been written at the Spanish Consulate in Southhampton on November 2, 1855. Four pages (two with text and two blank). Second document was written at the "Junta Superior de Sanidad de la Isla de Cuba" Superior Board of Health" Dated January 12, 1866 it contains four pages (three with text and one blank). Translated summary of the documents reads as follows; Document 1: Consulate of Spain in Southampton, To the Captain General of Cuba - Dear Sir, In regards to the Minister of State's request that the licenses and health certificates of Asiatic men embarking from this port be provided, I am letting you know that since last October's incident there have been 26 deaths. Signed: Southhampton, 2/11/1865. Alfredo Colomer, Vice Consul. Document 2: Health's Superior Council of Cuba, To the Superior Civil Governor - Dear Sir, The Spanish Vice-Council in Southampton has informed us that deaths from the cholera outbreak in that port have ceased. Therefore, there should be no impediment in allowing Asiatic colonos in Cuba, provided they can exhibit a good health certificate. Signed: Havana, 12/1/1866. Juan de Ariza [TN: the surname is a qualified guess]. Vice-President.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1865 November 2; 1866 January 12
Box 2, Folder 5 Death certificate fo 71-year-old Negro
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1868 July 14
Box 2, Folder 6 Death certificate ( ? - Sepultra) for 5-year-old Negrita
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1869 April 6
Box 2, Folder 7 Death certificate for Chinese Colono slave
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated May 23,1873. This is a death certificate issued to an Asiatic colono named Ajac. As per the document Manuel died from typhus. The document was issued at the "Hospital de Caridad de San Felipe y Santiago". It contains letter head from the hospital administrator Manuel Rimano. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; 'San Felipe y Santiago' Charity Hospital, To the Priest of the Church of Monserrate, Ajac, an Asiatic colono, has died of typhus. He was admitted into hospital on 9/10/1871. Signed: Havana, 23/3/1872. Manual Rimano. No. 60.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1872 May 3
Box 2, Folder 8 Death certificate for 52-year-old free Moreno slave
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated November 2, 1874. This a death certificate issued by "Hospital de Caridad de San Felipe y Santiago" for a free moreno slave Jose Manuel Beitia who died of tuberculosis. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Charity Hospital at San Felipe y Santiago, I certify the death of the free moreno, Jose Manuel Beitia, of 52 years of age, who died of tuberculosis. Signed Havana, 2/11/1874. This signature is not legible. No. 63.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1874 November 2
Box 2, Folder 9 Death certificate for 36-year-old free Chinese Colono
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated December 15, 1874. This is a death certificate issued to a "free" Asiatic man named Manuel Macedo native of China. As per the document Manuel died at 36 years of age from fever. The document was issued at the "Hospital de Caridad de San Felipe y Santiago" It contains letter head from the hospital as well as an ink stamp. There is also a signature from the hospital administrator E. M. Rouboutan. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Charity Hospital at San Felipe y Santiago - Police Station, The free Asiatic Manuel Macedo, a native of Asia, single, 36 years old, has died from fever. Signed: Havana, 15/12/1874. E.M. Rouboutan [TN: the surname is a qualified guess]. The Administrator. There is a seal of the Charity Hospital at San Felipe y Santiago.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1874 December 15
Box 2, Folder 10 Death certificate for 53-year-old free Chinese Colono
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated December 23, 1874. This is a death certificate issued to a "free" Asiatic man named Ramon Sierra originally from Canton, China. As per the document Ramon died at 53 years of age from tuberculosis. The document was issued at the "Hospital de Caridad de San Felipe y Santiago". It contains letter head from the hospital as well as an ink stamp. There is also a signature from the hospital administrator E.M. Rouboutan. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Charity Hospital at San Felipe y Santiago - Police Station, The free Asiatic Ramon Sierra, a native of Canton, Asia, single, 53 years old, has died from tuberculosis. Signed: Havana, 23/1874. E.M. Rouboutan [TN: surname is a qualified guess]. The Administrator. There is a seal of the Charity Hospital at San Felipe y Santiago.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1874 December 23
Box 2, Folder 11 Death certificate for 35-year-old free Chinese Colono
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated March 30, 1876. This is a death certificate issued to a free Asiatic colono named Fernando native of China. As per the document Manuel died at 35 years of age. The document was issued at the "Hospital de Caridad de San Felipe y Santiago". It contains letter head from the hospital as well as an ink stamp. There is also a signature from the hospital administrator Juan Daban. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; ' San Felipe y Santiago' Charity Hospital, Fernando, an Asiatic colono, has died today at the age of 35. He was admitted into the hospital on 26/3/1876. Signed: Havana, 30/3/1876. Juan Daban. No. 59.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1876 March 30
Box 2, Folder 12 Documents relating to registration, address, and death of female slave Maria Ignacia
3.0 manuscripts
Contents Note: Set of three documents written Spanish dated May 5, 1880 as well as January 17 and 19, 1881. Eight pages (four pages with text and four pages are blank). This set of documents related to Slavery in Cuba contains official slave ID document "cedula". The ID was issued to a 28 year old slave and contains an official ink stamp as well as tax/revenue stamp from the Police. The other two documents have been written at the Provincial Board of Sponsored/Slave People. Translated summary of the documents reads as follows; Document 1, page 1: Registry of Slaves of Cuba (this is a certificate which states that Maria Ignacia is sponsored by Concepcion Pino. Maria Ignacia is single, has one child (Sabino)). Signed: Maroma, 31/5/1880. Concepcion Pino. Document 1 page 2: There is a seal of the Mayoralty of Matanzas and a seal of one of the barrios (the equivalent of English boroughs), Lanzas, 5/1/1881, (This is a letter which states that a sponsor has asked the authorities for a change of address statement on one of her sponsored people). Signed: 17/1/1881. V. Ulloa. Document 2: There is a seal of the Civil Government of Matanzas - Dear Sir, I attach the address certificate on behalf of Maria Ignacia, sponsored by Concepcion Pino. Signed: Santa Ana, 19/1/1881. Jose Maria Armada. Document 3: To the President of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People, Matanzas, 22/1/1881, I write to let you know about the death of Maria Ignacia, sponsored by Concepcion Pino, in Santa Ana. The signature is not legible.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1880 May - 1881 January
Box 2, Folder 14 Death certificate for 26-year-old free Parda slave
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated May 21, 1892. This is a death certificate issued to a Parda, free slave from Havana who passed away from tuberculosis. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; To the Priest of the Church of Monserrate, Parda, Celestina Martin, a native of Santiago de las Vegas, 26 years of age, who died of tuberculosis has been buried in the pauper section at the Cemetery of Colon. Signed: Havana, 21/5/1892. Ricardo Perez. No. 54.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1892 May 21
Box 2, Folder 15 Autopsy certificate for body of a 57-year-old free Moreno slave
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated June 16, 1882. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Public Morgue, The body of the Moreno Mateo Zombielo, of 57 years of age, native of Havana, single has undergone an autopsy carried out by the local coroner. Signed: Havana, 16/6/1892. Francisco Olaguer [TN: the surname is a qualified guess]. No. 61.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1892 June 16
Box 2, Folder 13 Death certificate for 54-year-old free Moreno slave
Contents Note: Partly printed document dated July 27, 1891. This is a death certificate issued by "Hospital General de las Mercedes de la Habana" for a free moreno slave Ysidro Sarna who died of tuberculosis. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; 'De las Mercedes' Hospital - Havana, To the Priest of the Church of Monserrate, I certify the death of moreno, Ysidro Sarna, of 54 years of age, who died of tuberculosis. Signed: Havana, 27/7/1891. Carlos Enriquez. No.55.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1891 July 27

Series 8. Ownership

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 16 Mulatto slave searching for free black woman who promised to marry him
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated January 23, 1854. Four pages (two pages with text and two blank). This is a very interesting document related to Cuban slavery. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; To the Civil Superior Governor, the Captain General, etc., Andres Marquez, a mulatto slave who belongs to Isabel Drysdale, states that he intends to marry the free black woman Paulina, who used to belong to Inocencio Casanova. Paulina has stated that she intends to employ herself at the Drysdale household. However, she has not been seen in Cardenas, where the Drysdales reside. It is kindly asked that every effort be made by the government in order to ensure that Paulina can arrive in Cardenas. Signed: Havana, 23/1/1854. Andres Marquez.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1854 January 23
Box 2, Folder 17 Moreno slave attempting to purchase his freedom (set of three manuscripts)
Contents Note: Set of three manuscript documents that document written in Guanajay and Pinar del Rio, Cuba between November 15 and December 15, 1854. There are 24 pages (20 pages with text and 4 blank). This extensive set of documents talks about a complicated process one slave named Luis Irara went through in hope to get freedom. Translated summary of the documents reads as follows; Document 1: To the Captain General, Government of Mariel at Guanajay, The auditor notifies that the Luis Irara, a slave belonging to Domingo Hernandez, has asked for his freedom, as he paid 1,000 pesos for it. Irara states that he was based in Pinar del Rio for four months. After that period, he was transferred to Cimarrones. We have not received any notification regarding the resolution of the petition presented by Irara. It is recommended that a decision should be made on whether to retain Irara in the warehouses which hosts the black escapees or to grant him his freedom. I am attaching the relevant file so a decision on the case can be made. Signed: Guanajay, 15/11/1854. The signature is not legible. Document 2: Government Nueva Filipina, To the Superior Civil Governor of Cuba - Dear Sir, I am attaching the file pertaining to the application made by Luis Irara, owned by Domingo Hernandez, so that his freedom be granted. This file is submitted for the attention of the Superior Civil Governor. It is kindly asked that all parties concerned be notified of the decision. There is an inscription at the bottom: Dios (God). Signed: Pinar del Rio, 15/12/1854. Francisco de Apodaca. Document 3: Government Nueva Filipina, To the Superior Civil Governor of Cuba - Dear Sir, Domingo Hernandez, owner of Luis Irara, has acknowledged the existence of an application for a freedom license. He states that Irara made payments in order to acquire his freedom. He also states that he was summoned by the auditor, who entrusted him with the life of Irara as well as the money paid by him (800-1000 pesos). Hernandez maintains that Irara approached the auditor in order to ask for a new owner. He agreed to it, in order to prevent Irara from escaping. The Royal Board of Development has stated that the slave Luis Irara is at the Guanajay slave warehouse at the present time. I asked the auditor, Manuel Coninas, for a report on the case. Manuel Coninas notifies that Irara approached him with a complaint against his owner, asking for his freedom. He summoned Hernandez, who at first denied having received the money from Irara. I ordered Irara to return to his owner. However, he approached me again some point after the initial meeting, expressing the same kind of grievance. Hernandez insisted that he had not received the money from Irara. The auditor had to make a decision: for the slave to relinquish the money he paid or to present a legal claim against Hernandez. The auditor decided to grant Irara a license in order to find a new owner. Although this license was granted, the whereabouts of Irara were not known until the present time. I am submitting the particulars of the case for your perusal. Signed: Pinar del Rio, 15/12/1854. Francisco Apodaca.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1854 November 15 - December 15
Box 2, Folder 18 Bill of sale for black slave
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated November 3, 1856. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Manuel Reyes has entered into a contract with Antonio Lozano for the sale of a black slave called Rufino. Signed: Havana, 3/11/1856. Manuel Reyes. Antonio Lozano. No. 57.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1856 November 3
Box 2, Folder 19 Bill of sale for 3 slaves - 1 man and 2 children
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated November 6, 1856. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This fascinating document is a bill of sale for three slaves 50, 11 and 8 years of age. All three were sold for 1000 pesos. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Jose Garcia Rosi sells Juan Arau the "Pardo" slaves Juan Pedro, of 50 years of age, Jose, 11, and Juliana, of 8 years of age, for the sum of 1000 pesos. Signed: Havana, 6/11/1856. Jose Garcia Rosi and Antonio Domingo, on behalf of Juan Arau.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1856 November 6
Box 2, Folder 20 Bill of sale for slaves - mother and son
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated November 6, 1856. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This fascinating document is a bill of sale for two slaves, a mother and son. Both of them were sold for 318 pesos. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Maria de la Paz Zarco sells to Luis Camino, the domestic servant slave by the name of Carlota and her son, Damaso for the sum of 68 and 250 pesos respectively. Signed: Havana, 12/11/1856. Maria de la Paz Zarco and Luis Camino.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1856 November 12
Box 2, Folder 21 Bill of sale for 4 black slaves at Matanzas
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1875 October-November
Box 2, Folder 22 Letter regarding slaves owned by Marqués de Prado Ameno
Contents Note: Manuscript documents written in Spanish dated May 21, 1881. Four pages (two pages hand written and two blank). This document related to slavery in Cuba is regarding the slaves belonging to well known Marques de Prado Ameno. It was written and signed by the Mayor of Macuriges Jose Suarez.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1881 May 29
Box 2, Folder 23 Letter regarding incorrect file for slave
Contents Note: Manuscript documents written in Spanish dated April 8, 1881. Four pages (two pages hand written and two blank). This document related to slavery in Spanish Colonial Cuba is addressed to the President of the Board of Sponsored/Slave People. It talks about a transfer of a file regarding one slave.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1881 April 8
Box 2, Folder 24 Transfer of ownership of Creole slave
Contents Note: This is a string bound set of documents written in Matanzas, Cuba dated December 1881 - January 1882. 12 pages (7 pages with text and 5 blank). This is a set of documents related to slavery in Spanish Colonial Cuba. This complete set documents a transfer of ownership of one Creole slave woman named Brigida. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Certificate of transfer of the Creole slave woman Brigida from Martin Hernandez to Antonia Galindez. There is a seal of the Sponsored People Board of Matanzas. In Matanzas, on 14/12/1881 Martin Hernandez has agreed to transfer the ownership of Brigida, a creole woman, to Antonio Galindez. Galindez agrees to abide by the legal provisions that are currently in operation regarding the sponsorship of colored people. Hernandez has notified us that Brigida is currently living in his farm. Signed: Martin Hernandez. Antonio Galindez. Lavastida. To the President [TN: Sponsored People Board of Matanzas], a copy of this contract is submitted for your perusal. Signed: Matanzas, 14/12/1881. Lavastida. On 12/1/1882 officer Mauricio Hernandez has been put in charge of transferring Brigida from Martin Hernandez to Antonio Galindez. Signed: Victoriano Lust. There is a seal of the Sponsored People Board of Matanzas. I certify the transfer of Brigida from Martin Hernandez to Antonio Galindez. Signed: Matanzas, 13/1/1882. Lavastida. There is a seal of the Sponsored People Board of Matanzas. No. 65.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1881 December 14; 1882 January 13
Box 2, Folder 25 Patronato contract of 18-year-old Negra
Dimensions: 4 x 6 in.
1882 April 3
Box 2, Folder 26 Release from patronato contract
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1882 August 18 - 1883 April 9
Box 2, Folder 27 Order to detain Moreno slave and his master
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Matanzas, Cuba dated November 16, 1882. Four pages (two with text and two blank). Translated summary of this document reads as follows; To the Civil Governor of the Province, Mayor of Matanzas, I have ordered the detention of the Moreno slave Alfredo Armona and his master, Pedro Armenteros. Stamped and signed: Matanzas, 16/11/1882. Santiago de la Huerta [TN: the surname is a qualified guess]. No. 65.

Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1882 November 16
Box 2, Folder 28 Slave freedom request
Dimensions: 8 x 12 in.
1884 February 14
Box 2, Folder 29 Matanzas slave case -2 documents of same case
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1885 November

Series 9. Provincial Board of Sponsored People

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 30 Payment of salaries to employees of the Provincial Board of Sponsored People delayed
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Spanish dated Decmeber 23, 1881. Four pages (two with text and two blank). This document related to slavery in Cuba is regarding the payment of salaries to officials employed by the Provincial Board of Sponsored/Slave People. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; To the President of the Provincial Deputation, Victoriano Lust, officer of the Provincial Board has appeared before this office today in order to ask that his salary be paid, since it is in arrears. Signed: Matanzas, 18/11/1881. Victoriano Lust. To the Deputation, We have agreed to pay the salary of the employees, since we have determined that they had not been paid I therefore ask the officer in charge of payroll to guarantee that payment is made at the earliest convenience. Signed: Matanzas, 17/12/1881. Francisco Verdugo. Auditor.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1881 November 18; 1881 December 12

Series 10. Residency Permissions

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 31 Residency permission for free Morena slave
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated October 23, 1846. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This document related to Cuban slavery and emancipation is a residency permission for a freed slave named Sugerda. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Norbeto de Cisneros, Police Commissioner of the 'San Juan de Dios' district, on behalf of the Superior Civil Governor, certifies that a free slave, morena Sugerda, a laundry washer, has asked for permission to reside in Guanabacoa. Signed: Havana, 23/10/1845. Norberto Cisneros.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1845 October 23
Box 2, Folder 32 Residence permission for free Morena slave
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated October 23,1845. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This document related to Cuban slavery and emancipation is a residency permission for a freed slave named Celilia Zaldivar. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Manuel Cristobal de Zayas, Police Commissioner of the 'Colon' district, certifies that the free slave, morena Cecilia Zaldivar, has requested permission to reside in Guanabacoa. Her guarantor is Ramon Zaldivar. Signed: Colon, 23/10/1845. Manuel Cristobal de Zayas and Ramon Zaldivar.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1845 October 23
Box 2, Folder 33 Residency permission for free Moreno slave
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Guadalupe, Cuba dated October 28,1845. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This document related to Cuban slavery and emancipation is a residency permission for a freed slave named Franciso Alvarez. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; Matias Barranco, Captain of the 'Guadalupe' District, I certify that the free black man, Francisco Alvarez, has requested permission to reside in Guanabo. His guarantor is Juan Crucet. Signed: Guadalupe, 28/10/1845. Mattias Barranco. Juan Crucet.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1845 October 28
Box 2, Folder 34 Residency permission for free Morena slave
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Guadalupe, Cuba dated October 29, 1845. One leaf - two pages (text on one page). This document related to Cuban slavery and emancipation is a residency permission for a freed slave named Maria de Jesus Duarte. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; The Royal Seal of Isabella II - Year 1844 and 1845, Jose Manuel Otero, Superior Civil Chief and Captain General certifies that free Morena named Maria de Jesus Duarte, a cook, has been given permission to relocate to Batabano. Stamped and Signed: Barrio del Horcon, 29/10/1845. Jose Manuel Otero. No. 58.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1845 October 29

Series 11. Work Contracts and Licenses

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 35 Work contract for Colono slave from Canary Islands
Contents Note: Partly printed document filled in with manuscript. Issued in Havana, Cuba it is dated September 21, 1852. One leaf (text on both pages). This contract has been issued in Havana, Cuba at the "Deposito de Colonos de la Real Junta de Fomento de la Isla de Cuba". Each contract contains personal information of the Colono Slave as well as an outline of the rights and regulations pertaining to the Colono slave as well as the owner. Bottom of the second page contains an interesting table listing various costs incurred by the Colono. Cuba imported Colono slaves to supplement their population of black slaves from various parts of the world including China and Yucatan. Colonos from the Canary Islands were a minority and did not reach big numbers in Cuba. According to records estimated 19,000 Colonos Canarios were brought to Cuba. The Contract signed by each Colono essentially meant slave-like conditions. Each individual was bounded by law to an owner. Although paid, the salary they received was outrageously low. Their living and working conditions were on par with the black slaves.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1852 September 21
Box 2, Folder 36 Free Moreno slave given license to open tobacco shop
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba on January 26, 1853. Four pages (two hand written and three blank). This interesting document talks about a "moreno" who is seeking authorization to open a tobacco shop in Havana. "Moreno" was a term used to describe a colored or mixed race person. Translated summary reads as follows; There is a seal of the Police Department-Commissioner's Office, Havana, 26/1/1853, I am attaching the file pertaining to the application presented by the Moreno Severino Fagle, who asks for a permit to open a tobacco shop. Signed: the signature is not legible. To the Chief of Police, Severino Fagle, a freed Moreno is the owner of a tobacco shop at Belascoa, number 88. He asks that his license be confirmed. Since all necessary requirements have been met, the license is confirmed. Signed: 29/1/1853. Miguel Barredo.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1853 January 25-29
Box 2, Folder 37 Free Moreno slave seeks license to open tobacco shop
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba on September 24, 1853. Four pages (one hand written and three blank). This interesting document talks about a "moreno" who is seeking authorization to open a tobacco shop in Havana. "Moreno" was a term used to describe a colored or mixed race person. Translated summary reads as follows; There is a seal of the Police Department-First District, Havana 24/9/1853, The Police Commissioner of Regla is attaching the file pertaining to the Moreno Francisco Riquelme application for permission to open a tobacco shop. Signed: Zuviran. To the Principal Chief [TN: of Police?], The freed Moreno Francisco Riquelme, a native of Africa, single, of good behaviour, is requesting permission to open a tobacco shop in Calle Del Santuario 101. Signed: Regla, 26/9/1853. Guillermo Gonzalo.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1853 September 24
Box 2, Folder 38 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Parlor" and Don Luis de Alde
Dimensions: 8 x 12 in.
1866 October 20
Box 2, Folder 39 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Valentin" and Don Juan L____ , Matanzas
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1867
Box 2, Folder 40 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Santos" and Don Tomas Orverio
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1867 January 5
Box 2, Folder 41 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Carlos" and Don Juan L_____, Matanzas
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1867 February 17
Box 2, Folder 42 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Chang-acuai-Marcelo" and Don Jose Serrate, Matanzas
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1867 May 5
Box 2, Folder 43 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Yong-Shyung-Rudolfo" and Don Jose Serrate, Matanzas
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1867 May 5
Box 2, Folder 44 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Severino" and Don Manuel Torres, Sagua La Grande
Contents Note: Partly printed manuscript document dated December 20, 1867. This Chinese Coolie labor contract was issued at the "Tenencia de Gobierno de Sagua la Grande" and was signed by a 31 year old Coolie. This contract contains 1 page outlining rights and obligations for both sides represented in the contract. There are several signatures as well as an ink stamp from local Sagua la Grande government.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1867 December 20
Box 2, Folder 45 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Francisco Donato" and Don Paulino Ligarreta, Macau
Contents Note: Partly printed manuscript document dated May 20, 1868. This Chinese Coolie labor contract was issued at the "Tenencia de Gobierno de Guanajay" and was signed by a Chinese Colono slave native of Macao. This contract contains 1 page outlining rights and obligations for both sides represented in the contract. There are several signatures as well as an ink stamp from local Guanajay government. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Government Department of Guanajay, Francisco Donato, a colono, has enetered into a contract with Paulino Ligarreta, from Macao, 33 years of age, single, farm labourer, for the duration of one year, on a salary of eight pesos per month. Signed: Guanajay, 29/5/1868. Paulino Ligarreta. There is a seal of the Political Government of Guanajay. No. 52.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1868 May 26
Box 2, Folder 46 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Augustin A---" and Don Benaventura Felin, Pinar de Rio
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Pinar del Rio, Cuba dated August 3, 1868. This is a labor contract issued to a Chinese Slave Laborer a "Colono" upon arrival in Cuba. Chinese coolies were bounded by contracts to an owner for up to 10 years during which they were treated not much better than a slave. The document was issued at the "Tenencia de Gobierno de Pinar del Rio" and outlines in detail the right and obligations for the 22 year old Chinese Colono.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1868 August 3
Box 2, Folder 47 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Marcos" and Don Baltaras Garcias, Sti Spiritus
Contents Note: Manuscript document dated August 15, 1868. This is a labor contract issued to a Chinese Slave Laborer a "Colono" upon arrival in Cuba. Chinese coolies were bounded by contracts to an owner for up to 10 years during which they were treated not much better than a slave. The document was issued at the "Tenencia de Gobierno de Sancti Spiritus" and outlines in detail the rights and obligations for the 30 year old Colono.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1868 August 15
Box 2, Folder 48 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Simon" and Don Nicolos Cardoso, St. Cristobal
Contents Note: Manuscript document dated August 26, 1868. This is a labor contract issued to a Chinese Slave Laborer a "Colono" upon arrival in Cuba. Chinese coolies were bounded by contracts to an owner for up to 10 years during which they were treated not much better than a slave. The document was issued at the "Tenencia de Gobierno de San Cristobal" and outlines in detail the rights and obligations for the 30 year old Colono.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1868 August 26
Box 2, Folder 49 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Ciprianos" and Don Antonio Labade Hermanos, Guanabacoa
Contents Note: Manuscript document dated September 10, 1868. This is a labor contract issued to a Chinese Slave Laborer a "Colono" upon arrival in Cuba. Chinese coolies were bounded by contracts to an owner for up to 10 years during which they were treated not much better than a slave. The document was issued at the "Tenencia de Gobierno de Guanabo" and outlines in detail the rights and obligations for the 35 year old Colono.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1868 September 10
Box 2, Folder 50 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Agi" and Don Francisco Gandarilla, Macau
Contents Note: Partly printed manuscript document dated November 15, 1868. This Chinese Coolie labor contract was issued at the "Gobierno Politico de la Habana" and was signed by a Chinese Colono slave native of Macao. This contract contains 2 pages outlining rights and obligations for both sides represented in the contract. There are several signatures as well as an ink stamp from local Havana government. Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Political Government of Havana, Agi, a colono, has entered into a contract with Francisco Gandarilla, from Macao, for the duration of six months in order to carry out work in the farms. Agi will be given 4 pesos for his passage, who will be reimbursed by him after one month of work. Signed: Havana, 15/11/1869. Francisco Gandarilla. There is a seal of the Political Government of Havana. No. 66.

Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1869 November 15
Box 2, Folder 51 Work contract of Chinese Colono slave "Yo Achy-Brasilio" and Don Ramon de Rivios
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1875 October 5

Series 12. Transfers, 1870-1876

Container Description Date
Box 2, Folder 52 Transfer of slave from Havana
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
1870 December? 24
Box 2, Folder 53 Transfer of slaves (1 Morena and 1 Parda)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1871 March 23
Box 2, Folder 54 Transfer of 2 slaves (2 males)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1871 April 12
Box 2, Folder 55 Transfer of 10 slaves from Bejucal
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1871 December 14
Box 2, Folder 56 Transfer pass request for 37 year old woman (Merced)
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1872 June 20
Box 2, Folder 57 Pass for slaves to travel from Colon to Matanzas
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8 in.
1874 October? 14
Box 2, Folder 58 Transfer of male slave from Sagua La Grande
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1875 January 8
Box 2, Folder 59 Transfer of named slave (2 women) from Remedios
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1875 February 23
Box 2, Folder 60 Transfer of 2 slaves (1 African woman and 1 male)
Contents Note: Translated summary of this document reads as follows; Government tenure of Santa Clara, Bureau of Slaves, On this date and annotated to num. I have issued pass to Don. (blank) So you can move from this city in Cu(blank) jurisdiction of slaves expressed on the backside ownership of (blank) which are registered in the census will close in January 15th, 1871. I tell V. Remember and other effects. God keep V. (blank) many years (blank). Santa Clara 28 May 1875. Ruled Sr. Politico of Matanzas.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8 in.
1875 March 28
Box 2, Folder 61 Transfer of slaves from Colon
Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1875 April 16
Box 2, Folder 62 Transfer of 11 year old male from Cardenas to Matanzas
Dimensions: 6 x 8.5 in.
1875 May 19
Box 2, Folder 63 Transfer of named slaves from Havana
Dimensions: 6 x 7.5 in.
1875 July 12
Box 2, Folder 64 Transfer of slave from Cabezas to Guamacaro
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1875 October 22
Box 2, Folder 65 Transfer pass request for slaves to go from Ceiba Mocha to Alacranes
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 in.
1875 November 20
Box 2, Folder 66 Transfer pass request for slaves to Cardenas from Matanzas
Dimensions: 8.5 x 12 in.
1875 November 27
Box 2, Folder 67 Transfer of slaves from San Cristobal
Contents Note: Manuscript document written in Havana, Cuba dated August 29, 1849. Four pages ( three with text and one blank). This is a very curious document related to the Chinese Colono slaves in Cuba. The document has been written at the office of the Captain General of Cuba and was signed by Capt. General Federico de Roncali, 1st Count of Alcoy. The document states that the head of the Healthcare and Medical Council in Manzanillo, Manuel Merchan has refused to provide medical treatment to a Chinese Colono Slave. As a result, Merchan is fired from his position. Don Federico de Roncali y Ceruti, 1st Count of Alcoy (Cadiz, Spain, 1809-3 April 1857) was a Spanish noble, politician and military personnel who served as Prime Minister of Spain between 1852 and 1853. He held other important offices such as Captain General of Cuba and Minister of State. Alcoy was the second son of Agustin de Roncali y Martinez de Murcia, Knight of Santiago, and his wife Maria del Carmen Ceruti y Feit. His eldest brother was Joaquin de Roncali, 1st Marquis of Roncali, also a prominent politician in the reign of Isabella II of Spain. Translated summary of the document reads as follows; There is a seal of the Governor Captain General of Cuba, To the Secretary of the Healthcare and Medical Council, The Lieutenant Governor of Manzanillo informs that Manuel Merchan has been replaced as head of the Healthcare and Medical Council. Merchan has refused to treat the Asiatic man, Jose. This prompted our decision to fire him. Signed: Havana, 29/8/1849. Signed; El Conde de Alcoy.

Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.5 in.
1876 December 7