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Jose Maria Maytorena papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 0513

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains the personal papers of General Maytorena and provides an account of his role in the government of Sonora and the 1910 Mexican revolution. His account, "Mi gobierno en Sonora," is one of the manuscripts found in the collection, along with correspondence, broadsides, photographs, newspaper clippings and documents. Significant items from his correspondence relate to Venustiano Carranza, Francisco Madero, Alvaro Obregon, and other participants in the revolution.


  • 1882-1946 1910-1940
  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 1940



Use of original materials restricted. Microfilm copy of collection is available for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.


General Maytorena was a participant in the 1910 revolution in Mexico. As governor of Sonora, a province of northern Mexico, and an ardent supporter of the short-lived presidency of Francisco Madero, he was caught in the conflict between the revolutionaries and fled to exile in Los Angeles.


11 boxes

Language of Materials



A protagonist of the 1910 Mexican revolution, General Maytorena (1867-1948) was governor of Sonora, a province of northern Mexico, and an ardent supporter of the short-lived presidency of Francisco Madero. Caught in the internecine conflict between the revolutionaries following Madero's overthrow and assassination, he fled to exile in Los Angeles. He provided an account of his role in Sonora and the revolution in Mi Gobieno en Sonora, one of the manuscripts found in his papers along with correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings and documents - a collection of at least 2,272 pieces contained in over 4000 pages covering the years 1908 to 1946. The collection contains significant items from Maytorena's correspondence with Venustiano Carranza, a conservative landowner and politician who nonetheless worked to coordinate the various revolutionary forces; Francisco Madero, the overthrown president; Alvaro Obregon, a notable revolutionary field commander in Sonora; Victoriano Huerta, a professional soldier loyal to former president Diaz, who engineered the coup against Madero; the Chihuahauan guerilla leader Francisco "Pancho" Villa, and other revolution participants.

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jose Maytorena, Jr., the general's son, to Claremont McKenna College in 1967

Related Material

Collection also available in microfilm.

General Physical Description note

4.5 linear ft (8 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize box)


Guide to the Jose Maria Maytorena Papers
Special Collections Staff
© 2005
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Finding aid written in: English

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States