Arranged in 7 series: I. Inquisition documents, 1532-1819 (2 boxes); II. Genealogies, 1573-1769 (1 box); III. Civil records, 1565-1798 (2 boxes); IV. Financial records, 1556-1796 (6 folders); V. Church records, 1771-1785 (4 folders); VI. Miscellaneous documents, 1757-1797 (13 folders); VII. Bound collection of trial records and genealogies (1 volume).
Legal documents. Notarial documents. Genealogies. Church records. Government records. Financial records. Manuscripts, Spanish -- 16th century. Manuscripts, Spanish -- 17th century. Manuscripts, Spanish -- 18th century. Manuscripts, Spanish -- 19th century.
In Spanish, Catalan, and Latin.
Collection of manuscripts recovered from the Royal Palace of the Inquisition in Barcelona consisting mainly of Inquisition trial records, official genealogies to prove limpieza de sangre (direct descent from old Christian families), and records from civil disputes. The trial records and genealogies are arranged by last name of the principal party involved and cataloged individually. Most of the Inquisition trials are for accusations of witchcraft and blasphemy, as opposed to judaizing and heresy, and there are even a few trials where no "crimes against the faith" have been committed but rather one or both of the involved parties are employed by the Inquisition, which brings the case under its jurisdiction. Each of the other series is cataloged at the series level. The civil records are made up predominantly of land and inheritance disputes. The financial records consist of a few unidentified account books and ledgers as well as attorney's bills. The church records involve internal disputes within the ecclesiastical hierarchy. The miscellaneous items are mostly 18th-century personal documents along with an account of the Nootka Sound affair of 1790 (Folder 204) and testimony about the 1793 capture of Spanish brigantine San José at St. Augustine, Florida (the most substantial item in the series, Folder 207). Of special interest are the numerous documents in the collection related to Aragonese nobles, the Rocabertí family, counts of Perelada (Folders 34, 163, 164, and 184).
For individual records of trial documents and genealogies, do a title search for Thorndike Collection of Inquisition Documents.
Collected in Barcelona in 1820-1 by Andrew Thorndike after the storming of the Royal Palace of the Inquisition during a popular uprising; presented to the American Philisophical Society in 1840 by Thorndike's son, G. Herbert Thorndike; transferred to the University of Pennsylvania by the American Philosophical Society in 1962.
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 219-220 (Ms. Lea 371).