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MS Span 163

Schurz, William Lytle, 1886-1962. William Lytle Schurz papers for The Manila Galleon, 1602-1787 (MS Span 163): Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Span 163
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Schurz, William Lytle, 1886-1962.
Title: William Lytle Schurz papers for The Manila Galleon,
Date(s): 1602-1787.
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Spanish and English.
Abstract: Papers of American scholar William Lytle Schurz for his historical study The Manila Galleon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

49M-197. Gift of William Lytle Schurz; received: 1950 April 27.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Lytle Schurz Papers for The Manila Galleon, 1602-1787 (MS Span 163). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Economic historian William Lytle Schurz taught at a number of academic institutions, including the University of California, of Wyoming, and of Michigan, as well as the American Institute for Foreign Trade, where he served as president in 1950. He also worked in a variety of US government positions, such as commercial attaché to Brazil during the Hoover administration and as chief of training at the Social Security Board under President Franklin Roosevelt. In addition to The Manila Galleon, his 1939 landmark study on the Spanish empire's trans-Pacific commerce, he is best known for his works on Latin American history, such as Brazil: The Infinite Country and Latin America: A Descriptive Survey.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Contents

Consists of Schurz's transcripts and translations of original douments in the Archivo General de Indias at Sevilla in support of his research on the "Galeones de Manila-Acapulco", Spanish sailing ships that plied trade between the Philippines and Mexico from 1565 to 1815.
NB: Places and dates in the following items refer to the original documents, not Schurz's work.

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