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Mexico: Junta Principal de Caridad

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 WMS/Amer.45 and 89
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Mexico: Junta Principal de Caridad
Date(s): 1797-1798
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Junta Principal de Caridad | Mexico City | Mexico
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Junta Principal de Caridad was set up in the city of Mexico during the smallpox epidemic of 1797-1798. Its role was to co-ordinate the work of local charitable societies that were organised in all the city's subdivisions.


Scope and content/abstract:

The items in the collection span the work of the Junta during the 1797-1798 smallpox epidemic, comprising a circular announcing the setting up in late 1797 of local charitable societies to be co-ordinated by the Junta, and the Junta's concluding report of early 1798.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in: Robin Price, An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1983). Detailed catalogue available at

Archival Information

Archival history:

WMS/Amer.45 formed part of the Guerra Collection; WMS/Amer.89 formed part of the León Collection.

Immediate source of acquisition:

WMS/Amer.89 purchased 1927; WMS/Amer.45 purchased 1962.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by Robin Price.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
December 2000.

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