Guide to the Mexican Inquisition Collection, Undated, 1572-1914
 
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Machine-readable finding aid created by Christine McEvilly, January 3, 2013. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on January 3, 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mexican Inquisition
Title: Mexican Inquisition Collection
Dates:undated, 1572-1914
Abstract: The Mexican Inquisition collection contains twenty-four processos (transcripts of trials) of individuals accused of Judaizing. The Mexican Inquisition tried accused Crypto-Jews, Jews who converted to Christianity but were believed to secretly practice Judaism. Eight of the processos are originals; sixteen are typed transcriptions from the Inquisition Records of the Archivo General de la Naciâon (Mexico). Three of the transcriptions are also translated into English (including two trials of the same individual). The trials range in date from 1572 to 1768.
Languages: The collection is in Spanish, with some English.
Quantity: 15.7 linear feet (1 Manuscript box, 19 SB2 boxes [w9.5"xd13"xh3"], and 1 OS1 folder in shared box.)
Identification: I-3
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

The Inquisition was established in 13th-century Europe to counter heresy. Over time, and particularly in the Americas, the Inquisition focused on combating crimes of the clergy. However, the Inquisition regularly monitored and tried accused Crypto-Jews, those Jews who converted to Christianity publically but were believed to secretly practice Judaism.1

Crypto-Jews of Portuguese decent came under close scrutiny after Jewish expulsion from Portugal in 1537.2 The case of the Carabajal family of 1590 is particularly well-known. Louis de Carabajal was governor of New Leon (Nuevo León, Mexico) and many family members were tried.3

The later trial of Thomas Trevino de Sobremote is also well-known. He is considered a Jewish martyr and led a Jewish community in Mexico City for 10 years before his arrest.4

Accused individuals were said to follow the “law of Moses.” Many were accused of keeping the Sabbath, of practicing Jewish purification rituals, or of avoiding pork. While a number of crypto-Jews were put to death, many others were required to do penance, forced to give up their property, or exiled.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains twenty-four processos (transcripts of trials) of individuals accused of Judaizing. Eight of the processos are originals; sixteen are typed transcriptions from the Inquisition Records of the Archivo General de la Naciâon (Mexico). Three of the transcriptions are also translated into English (including two trials of the same individual). The trials range in date from 1572 to 1768. The proceedings occurred principally in Mexico, although some of the individuals are identified as being of Portuguese decent. The collection also includes correspondence of Cyrus Adler, Samuel Oppenheim, and E. Nott Anable relating to the Mexican Inquisition Collection. Two oversized items include official declarations of the Inquisition.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 2 series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Mexican Inquisition Collection; I-3; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by various donors, some unknown. Donors include G. R. C. Conway who donated transcripts in the 1930s. Some material acquired as early as 1895.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Original Processos and Correspondence, 1590-1768,1896-1914

English and Spanish.
Box 1, Folders 1-11.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically and by type of material.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Almeida, Jorge de (Portuguese); Processo (Trial) 1677?-1678? request_box
1 2 Preservation photocopies of the Trial of Almeida, Jorge de request_box
1 3 Campos Morales, Francisco de; Processo (Trial) 1646 request_box
1 4 Diaz, Jorge (Portuguese); Processo (Trial) 1596 request_box
1 5 Hernandez de Almeida, Francisco; Processo (Trial) 1590 request_box
1 6 Hernandez de Almeida, Miguel; Processo (Trial) May 1590 request_box
1 7 Nuñez, Isabel; Processo (Trial) 1671-1642 request_box
1 8 Pico y Cavo, Francisco Antonio; Processo (Trial) 1768 request_box
1 9 Rodriguez de Matoz, Anna; Processo (Trial) 1590 request_box
1 10 Preservation photocopies of the Trial of Rodriguez de Matoz, Anna request_box
1 11 Correspondence on the Collection; Cyrus Adler, Samuel Oppenheim, E. Nott Anable undated, 1896-1914 request_box
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Series II: Processos, Transcriptions and Translations, 1572-1656

English and Spanish.
Box 2-20
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Reyes, Gaspar de los; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [3 copies] March 1572 request_box
2 2 Caravajal, Doña Francisca; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) (Widow of Francisco Rodriguez de Matos) [copy 1 of 3] 1589 request_box
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3 1 Caravajal, Doña Francisca; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) (Widow of Francisco Rodriguez de Matos) [Copies 2 and 3 of 3] 1589 request_box
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4 1 Carvajal, Luis de; Miscellaneous Correspondence, Newspaper Clipping, and Facsimiles of 1st page of Original Porocesso undated request_box
4 2 Carvajal, Luis de; Bound translation in English of Processo (Trial) 1590 request_box
4 3 Carvajal, Luis de; Bound transcription in Spanish of Processo (Trial) 1590 request_box
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5 1 Enriquez, Clara; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [3 Copies] 1595 request_box
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6 1 Mendez Donzella, Justa; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial), (daughter of Enriquez, Clara) [Copy 1 of 3] 1595 request_box
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7 1 Mendez Donzella, Justa; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial), (daughter of Enriquez, Clara) [Copies 2 and 3 of 3] 1595 request_box
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8 1 Enrriquez La Payua, Beatriz; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial), (Widow of Ximon Rodriguez Payua) [3 Copies] 1595 request_box
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9 1 Enrriquez, Pedro (only son of Ximon Payua) and Beatriz Enrriquez (Portuguese); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial), [3 Copies] 1595 request_box
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10 1 Rodriguez de Silva, Juan(Portuguese); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial), [3 Copies] 1595 request_box
10 2 Ysabel Clara (Portuguese) woman of Francisco Hernandez; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial), [3 Copies] 1595 request_box
10 3 Rodriguez, Costanca (Portuguese) Woman of Sebastian Rodriauez; Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [3 Copies] 1595 request_box
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11 1,2 Treviño de Sobremonte, Thomas; English translation of two Processos (Trials) [In two bound volumes]; Translation produced in 1930 1624-1633, 1642-1649 request_box
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12 1,2 Treviño de Sobremonte, Thomas; Spanish transcription of two Processos (Trials) [In two bound volumes]; Translation produced in 1930 1624-1633, 1642-1650 request_box
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13 1 Texosso Doncella, Violante (Doña); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [3 Copies] 1642 request_box
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14 1 Mendez de Rivera, Blanca (Widow of Diego Lopez Rivero); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [Copy 1 of 3] 1646 request_box
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15 1 Mendez de Rivera, Blanca (Widow of Diego Lopez Rivero); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [Copy 2 of 3] 1646 request_box
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16 1 Mendez de Rivera, Blanca (Widow of Diego Lopez Rivero); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [Copy 3 of 3] 1646 request_box
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17 1 Campos, Maria de; Second half of transcript of Processo (Trial)(First half is not in the collection) [3 Copies] 1647 request_box
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18 1 Zarate, Maria de (Doña); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [Copy 1 of 3] 1656 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
19 1 Zarate, Maria de (Doña); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [Copy 2 of 3] 1656 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
20 1 Zarate, Maria de (Doña); Spanish Transcript of Processo (Trial) [Copy 2 of 3] 1656 request_box
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Series III: Oversized Material, Undated

Spanish.
Consolidated OS1 Box , Folders 1.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
Consolidated OS1 box 1 Summary of the edict of the Faith and the contents (material or facts) of the case Undated request_box
Consolidated OS1 box 1 "We the Apostolic inquisitors against grave Heresy…" undated request_box
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