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Biographical Note

John J. Finan earned his Ph.D. in Latin American History from Harvard University in 1956.Finan joined the faculty of American University School of International Service in 1961. He gained tenure in 1967 and was appointed as a full professor in 1970. He also taught Latin American History courses for the History Department.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains John Finan's research, speeches, and writings regarding grain regulation in Mexico. There are notes about collections from the General Municipal Archive of Puebla and photocopies of primary sources from the General Archives of the Indies. Most of Finan's work is unpublished, including an untitled manuscript about grain regulatory systems in Puebla de Los Angeles (1997 - 2002). One exception is his dissertation, Municipal Grain Regulation and Provision in New Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (1956). Some items in this collection are in Spanish.


Todd Ewing, John J. Finan's son-in-law, donated this collection in 2015.

Processing Note

The archivist arranged this collection alphabetically and topically for accessibility.

Box 1

Archives/Primary Sources

  • Actas de Cabildo, books 33-79 notes, Archivo del Ayuntamiento de Puebla (2 folders), undated
  • Ordenanzas de su Majestad notes, Archivo del Ayuntamiento de Puebla, undated
  • Reales Cedulas notes, Archivo del Ayuntamiento de Puebla, undated
  • Testimonio de cuentas presentadas por Don Jose Duarte corro mayordomo el pocito en el ano de 1787, Archivo General de Indias (2 folders), undated
  • Venta de Harina en Puebla 1678, Fol. A15, Archivo General de Indias, undated

Dissertation & Notes

  • Municipal Grain Regulation and Provision in New Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, 1956 (2 folders)
  • Municipal Grain Regulation and Provision in New Spain in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, notes, undated

Manuscript & Notes

  • Chapter 1: The Moral Economy in Puebla, 1998 - 2002
  • Chapter 1 Notes, 2000
  • Chapter 2: Early Grain Trade Regulation in Puebla, 1999 - 2001
  • Chapter 2 Notes, 1999
  • Chapter 3: Puebla Alhondiga 1626 - 1675: The Maize House, 2000 - 2002
  • Chapter 3 Notes, undated
  • Chapter 4: The Wheat and Flour Alhondiga 1676 - 1712, 2000
  • Chapter 4 Notes, undated
  • Chapter 5: Bakers VS. Millers, 1999
  • Chapter 5 Notes (2 folders), 1997
  • Chapter 6: The Maize Alhondiga in Puebla 1700 - 1745, 1998
  • Chapter 6 Notes, 1998 - 1999
  • Chapter 7: The Maize Reserve (Posito) in Puebla, 1999
  • Chapter 7 Notes, 1999, undated
  • Chapter 8: Peres, 2001
  • Chapter 8 Notes, 1999
  • Chapter 9: The Last Phase, 2001
  • Chapter 9 Notes, 2000 - 2001

Research Notes

  • Ayuntamiento Oligarquia en Puebla 1787-1810, tomo 1, 1971
  • Ayuntamiento Oligarquia en Puebla 1787-1810, tomo 2, includes notes, 1971
  • Buenos Aires notes, undated
  • De Reales Y Granos, 1986
  • Grain Legislation in Colonial Mexico, 1947
  • Grain trade in Puebla notes, undated
  • Guide to Latin American Materials in the Manuscripts Department, undated
  • Items to be researched in Puebla, undated
  • La Política Cerealera en la Economía Novosphana, undated

Box 2

Research Notes (continued)

  • Los Pósitos Municipales: Y Su Documenacíon, 1989
  • Maize alhondiga notes, undated
  • Maize posito notes, undated
  • Mexico City cabildo notes, undated
  • Posito of maize and wheat in Mexico City, notes, 1952, undated
  • Puebla de Los Angeles, includes manuscript sources and notes, undated
  • Regatones Y Maquileros, 1986
  • Sor Juana, or Traps of Faith, notes, undated
  • Wheat and flour regulation notes, undated


  • Falklands War, 1982
  • "Grain and Bread for Colonial Puebla: Trade Regulation in the 16th and 17th Century," undated
  • "The American Revolution and Latin American Independence," undated
  • "The Cabildo Versus the Viceroy in the 16th Century Mexico City," undated
  • "The Extraordinary Trading Privileges of the Puebla Miller in the Moral Economy of Colonial Mexico," undated
  • "The Mexican Mind on Latinfundismo," 1949
  • The Monroe Doctrine and Latin American policy, 1980
  • Tres Quartilla Tax chapter, 1998
  • "Why is it Called Turkey?" undated