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!
Archivist & Manuscripts Librarian