Scholar Searching for Sephardic/Canary Island Manuscripts #latinamerica

Roger L. Martinez <roger.martinez@...>

Dear Latin American SIG:

I am contacting the listserve today to seek any kind assistance anyone may be
able to provide in the location of several critical historical manuscripts
relating to the Sephardic Diaspora >from Spain during the 15th through 18th
centuries, specifically a small collection manuscripts >from Spanish Inquisition
in the Canary Islands. My hope is that if I can locate and access these records,
I will be able to make a small, but important contribution to the history of the
lives of Sephardic Jews as they migrated to the Americas and England.

Specifically, I am attempting to locate the current provenance of this fragmentary
collection of Spanish Inquisition manuscripts >from the Canary Islands >from 1499 to
1700 that were previous held in the collection of the Scottish Marquess of Bute,
but were sold at Sotheby's Auction House in London on 30 October 1950. These
invaluable records, detailing a critical period of movement of Sephardic Jews
from Spain to England and the Americas, were sold to a person or an organization
in the United States. After communicating with the archivist for the Marquess
of Bute and Sotheby's about these manuscripts, I have only learned that these
documents were sold to, Driscoll, America.

For your information, my name is Roger L. Martinez
( and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department
of History at the University of Texas at Austin that is currently conducting
dissertation research on a Sephardic Jewish and converso family in Spain, Portugal,
England and the Americas.

Specifically, I am investigating the 500-year lineage of the Spanish Carvajal
Family >from 1200 to 1700. As an academic historian that is entirely dependent
on primary documents to reconstruct the history of this family, I have traveled
extensively to archives in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and the United States to
access critical historical manuscripts. Unfortunately, these travels have not
yielded information on these vital Inquisition records >from the Canary Islands
and they now appear to remain in the hands of a private collector or institution.
Similarly, my own research searches of the Jewish history collections in libraries
and archives in the United States have turned up no information on these manuscripts.

Should anyone have any knowledge about the current location of these manuscripts,
I would greatly appreciate an email note with that information.

In closing, please know that I will carefully abide by any requests for privacy
and anonymity >from those persons and organizations that provide me details
relating to these manuscripts. My only purpose for locating these records is
to restore to our modern view those precious lives that for now remain lost.

Thank you for your kind attention to my inquiry.

Roger L. Martinez

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