Papers of: Cadena y Sotomayor, Melchior Antonio de la (1539-1607)

Scope and Content

The collection comprises two reports by Cadena seeking permission to transfer from Puebla (site of the cathedral of Tlaxcala) to the city of Mexico, on the grounds of ill-health.

Administrative / Biographical History

Melchior Antonio de la Cadena y Sotomayor was born in 1539. He was an important figure in the ecclesiastical establishment of Mexico, serving as Canon and Dean of Tlaxcala, Maestrescuelas and Dean of Mexico cathedral and Chancellor of the University of Mexico (Rector for the term 1573/4). At the time of his death in 1607 he was Bishop-elect of Chiapas.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1962.

Other Finding Aids

Described in: Robin Price, An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1983). Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

manuscript, bound.

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by Robin Price.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Custodial History

The items in this collection formed part of the Guerra Collection and had previously been in the collection of the Mexican bibliographer E. Valton (1880-1963).

Geographical Names