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The Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection holds two volumes from Mission San José, both are account books corresponding to the years after the secularization of the missions. The 1837-1838 account book registers the monthly economic activity of the former mission, providing very specific and thorough information. The monthly account book includes, for example, the salaries of the new lay administrator, the alcaldes, and the troops; the production of crops and deer hides; the sale of clothes and food to various individuals as well as the provision of clothes, cooking utensils and “small notebooks for the school” for the Indians of the “exmisión.”

 

The Mission San José Account Books are valuable works in the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection since this Collection does not have an account book from Mission Santa Clara, and because of the proximity of both missions. These account books are also important because they reflect the transformation of the missions after their secularization.

 

title page of 1837 account book

 

The other account book digitized here is the 1837 monthly account book. This account book (Libro Anual Principiado en el Año de 1837 para el uso de la Misión de San José) corresponds only to the year 1837 and provides some of the information found in the 1837-1838 account book, but in more global and concise terms.


To see excerpts of this item in the context of the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript collection, visit the Manuscript Collection site:

http://cdm17268.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/msc

 
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