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Juan M. Ceballos Business Letters

Identifier: MSS 0406

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 28 autograph letters sent to Juan M. Ceballos dealing with the affairs of his company. A majority of the letters are written in Spanish, but some are in English. The earlier letters are dated during the initial stages of the company and show the networks it had with banks and other companies in Havana, Paris, London, and several cities in Spain. Moreover, the letters give important information on shipments and bank accounts.


  • Creation: 1855 August 22-1856 December 13


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English and Spanish.


The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Juan M. Ceballos was born in Spain and later, as a young adult, immigrated to Cuba. In Cuba, he established a solid network and business contacts which then prompted him to move to New York. By October 1855, his name was appearing in New York newspapers as the co-owner of the New York and Mexican Steamship Line. The line sailed to Havana, Veracruz and Cadiz. In New York, Ceballos also laid the foundation for his other company "Ceballos y Cía." His son, Juan M. Ceballos Jr., would eventually take over the family business after the Spanish American War, when the company had financial interests in both Cuba and New York. In Cuba, the company focused on matters concerning construction, shipping, sugar, and landholdings. In New York, the company focused on the breweries and the refineries used for converting molasses into sugar.


.01 Linear Feet (1 Folder)


Collection of business letters that deal with the affairs of Juan M. Ceballos’s company.


The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building.

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased in 2017.

A Guide to the Juan M. Ceballos Business Letters
Finding aid created by Katiana M. Bagué and Richard Phillips
May 2018
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America