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Mexico: botanical survey of Sonora province

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 WMS/Amer.49, 55 and 74
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Mexico: botanical survey of Sonora province
Date(s): 1783-1784
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 volumes
Name of creator(s): Amarillas | Joaquin | de | fl 1783
Pablos | Blas Antonio | fl 1784
Tamayo | Joseph | fl 1784
Cossio | Patricio Antonio Gómez | de | fl 1783-1784
Mexico | Sonora | provincial government
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Sonora was one of the Mexican provinces of the empire of New Spain. The governor of the province was the Justicia mayor, whose local deputies were known as Thenientes.


Scope and content/abstract:

The items in this collection comprise returns from local Thenientes to a survey launched by the Justicia mayor of Sonora province, Patricio Antonio Gómez de Cossio. The subject of the survey was the fruits, trees (economic and medicinal) and medicinal herbs of the province.

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:

The items in this collection formed part of the Guerra Collection.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased 1962.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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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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