5.2 linear ft. The records are arranged chronologically in one series.
Puerto Rico was a colony of Spain for the period covered by most of the documents included in this collection (until the Spanish- American War of 1898). Under Spanish rule the civil courts of Puerto Rico fell under territorial jurisdiction. The island was divided into judicial districts corresponding to the major municipal areas (e.g., Aquadilla, Arecibo, Mayaguez). The collection consists of civil court case records from the Appellate Court “Corte de Primera Instancia” and some verbal trials "juicios verbales." Grant support towards the digital reformatting of this collection comes from LAMP, a project of the Center for Research Libraries.
November 19, 2011 Subject:
These documents are priceless and many thanks to the UCONN for digitizing them. This seems to be what was once considered District 2 (Arecibo, Camuy, Ciales, Hatillo, Manati Morovis, Quebzadillas, Utuado)but I could be wrong. I wish the titles were grouped further by town as I'm sure the person who scanned these has a better eye for reading such text than me. But, I do understand it is a great deal of work to scan all these documents. So I'm grateful!
I only wish the PR Archives in San Juan would do the same with their holdings. Little by little these fragile pieces of our Puerto Rican and American history can be known to all and not just to those who live on the island. Even then, one seems to need justification for reading archive documents. Why can't the PR archives do the same as UCONN? Even my home scanner could probably be used.