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Richmond Brown Research Collection on the Aycinena family of Guatemala and Central America

Identifier: MSS 0577

Scope and Content

The Richmond Brown Research Collection on the Aycinena family of Guatemala and Central America dates from 1690 to 2014. The materials include manuscript transcriptions, research notes, articles, conference papers, photos, maps, electronic files, thesis, and dissertations. Most of the materials consist of the research he conducted on the Aycinena family of Guatemala. The majority of the documents are photocopies, some of these photocopied documents come from different archival institutions in Spain, Central America, and the United States. These include: Archivo de Protocolos de Navarra Pamplona, Archivo General de Centro América, Archivo General de Indias, Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cádiz, Archivo Museo Naval de Madrid, Archivo Histórico Nacional de Madrid, and the Collection of the Latin American Library of Tulane University Library.

The collection is arranged in alphabetical order in two series:

Series 1: Research materials related to the Aycinena family (1690-2010)- This series contains manuscript transcriptions, typed and handwritten research notes, photos, maps, articles, conference papers, biographical and bibliographical information, research notes on theses and dissertations from Tulane University graduate students, and electronic files related to the Aycinena family of Guatemala. The main members of the Aycinena family documented in the collection are: José de Aycinena, Mariano Aycinena, Manuel Francisco Pavón Aycinena, and Juan Fermín de Aycinena. This series also includes Richmond Brown’s dissertation “Family, business, and politics in Bourbon Central America: The rise of Juan Fermín de Aycinena, 1750-1796.”

Series 2: Research materials related to Central America (1821-1996)- This series contains topics on religion and the history of Central America, especially in Guatemala. The materials include travel accounts, research notes on thesis and dissertations from Tulane University graduate students, a review essay on nineteenth-century Latin America, and articles related to Central America.

The electronic files included in the collection contain research materials about the Aycinena family and Central America, articles and conference papers written by Richmond Brown, photocopies of archival manuscripts from the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Tulane University, and the Francisco Xavier Clavigero Library of the Ibero-American University of Mexico. It also includes dissertations from graduate students of Tulane University, George Washington University, and the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, and various photocopies of newspapers from Central America including "Seminario Político Mercantil de San Salvador", "Gaceta de Guatemala", "El Guatemalteco" and "El Indicador".


  • Creation: 1690 - 2013


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in English and Spanish.


To access electronic materials stored on USB drives, please contact the archivist.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richmond F. Brown (1961-2016) was born on October 14, 1961, in Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1986, he earned a master’s degree from Tulane University studying the history of Guatemala and Central America and completed his doctorate in 1993. He conducted his graduate research in Guatemala on the Aycinena family, a wealthy merchant Central American family during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and an influential family on the Conservative Party of Guatemala during the government of Captain General Rafael Carrera between 1840 and 1865.

From 1990 to 2006, Richmond Brown taught Latin American history at the University of South Alabama and served as Associate Director for Academic Programs and Student Affairs at the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies from 2006 until his death in 2016.


1.79 Linear Feet (3 Boxes)


Research materials compiled by Richmond Brown on the Aycinena family of Guatemala and Central America.


The collection is arranged alphabetically and by topic.


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Alternate Form of Finding Aid

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Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Ida Altman.

A Guide to the Richmond Brown Research Collection on the Aycinena family of Guatemala and Central America
Finding aid created by Nelissa E. Caraballo-Ramos
April 2021
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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