Monday, June 9, 2014

Manuscript Monday—Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection

I am delighted to share the good news, from Santa Clara University Archivist Erin Louthen, that the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection Processing Project has completed the online finding aid for the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection:


http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c85d8v2g

Prepared by Erin Louthen and Deborah Oropeza, the finding aid provides a fascinating guide to this extraordinary collection. Fr. Viader's miscellany book, for example, includes manuscripts documenting health practices at the mission, including medications, remedies, and procedures for performing inoculations and the Cesarean operation. Juana Briones' sister Guadalupe Briones de Miramontes was trained as a midwife at Mission Santa Clara, and one wonders how much medical knowledge was shared between the sisters, the padres, and Native people at the mission. 

Congratulations to our Santa Clara University colleagues for their work on this important project! 
 
Marie Silva
Archivist & Manuscripts Librarian
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