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Father Viader’s Miscellany Book is a collection of 220 manuscripts (676 pages) that was assembled apparently by Father José Viader, one of the most influential Franciscans in Mission Santa Clara (where he served from 1796 to 1833). Father Viader’s Book, which is bound in hide, served as a reference book for life in Mission Santa Clara; as such, the multiple manuscripts in it deal with a great variety of subjects. These broadly include:

Church doctrine, liturgy and regulations

Health care

Food production and preparation

Economic legislation and production

Household management

International and local affairs

Native society (Indians)

 

This digitization of the volume follows the Online Archive of California finding aid in its description of each of the items in the miscellany.

 
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