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19th Century Cuban Religion Collection

Identifier: MSH/LAT 0093

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 19th century colonial Cuban manuscripts relating to religion and politics on the island and in relation to Spain. Included are minutes, reports, proposals, and correspondence from various religious and administrative bodies, including the Bishop of Havana, different Cofradias (fraternities), cabildos (boards) of the church, financial tribunals, charitable schools, city mayors, and the Governor of Havana. Significant topics include church-government relations; taxes and other financial matters; changes in church hierarchy; church repairs and renovations; vital records, such as baptisms, deaths, and marriages; race and slavery; charity; and the behavior of clergy and day-to-day operations of the church. Materials include correspondence, minutes, reports, architectural drawings, vital records, financial records, pamphlets, and budget proposals.


  • Creation: 1804 - 1909

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


3 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


This collection is arranged into twelve series: I. Obispado de la Habana; II. Cofradias for Free Blacks, Pardos, and Whites; III. Cabildo Catedral de la Habana; IV. Cabildo Eclesiastico; V. Tithe/Diezmo Reform; VI. Real Tribunal de Cuentas de la Isla de Cuba; VII. Secretaria-Gobierno Superior PolĂ­tico de la Habana; VIII. Obispo Jacinto Martinez y Saez; IX. Havana Mayors to el Obispado; X. 19th Century Cuban Religious and Cofradia Imprints; XI. Miscellaneous Religious Documents; XII. Colegio de San Francisco de Sales. Series II is arranged into two subseries: i. Cofradias for Blacks and Pardos; and ii. Cofradias for Whites. Series IX. is arranged into eight subseries: i. Barrio de San Cristobal; ii. Barrio del Cerro; iii. Barrio de Belen; iv. Barrio de Colon; v. Alcalde de la Habana; vi. Barrio de la Catedral; vii. Barrio del Pilar; and viii. Barrio de Jesus Maria. Each series is arranged chronologically.

19th Century Cuban Religion Collection
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Hannah E. Sabal
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556