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Labor Contracts from the Notarial Records
The climate of the Peruvian sierra and the durability of papel sellado
deserve much of the credit for the survivalof pre- 1750 documentation concern-
ing local and regional activityin the Cuzco zone. The A rchivoDepartamentalhas
never been sufficiently funded or staffed, and current efforts are directed at
preserving and organizing materials from the republican era. 1 The physical
condition and irregular classification of the valuable notarial records are impor-
tant factors affecting the use of this particular data source.
Plans for using a standard sampling technique were thwarted by the condition
of the data and the varied frequency of documents relating to the Indian
population. Occasionally a volume listed in the archival index would actually be
no more than a few loose sheets; more frequently the choice of notarial records
finally analyzed was determined by the absence or presence of relevant mate-
rials. Fortunately a number of volumes, particularly those in the period from
1640 to 1720, contained registrosdeindios,sections of litigation initiated exclu-
sivelyin the name of Indians. These registros were the richest data source and
contributed to the increased sample size for the years 1630 to 168o. Volumes
without registros de indios were carefully examined for any documents initiated
by Indians. If no registro existed and if no litigation involving Indians appeared,
another volume was selected. The occasional use of more than one data source
per given year resulted from the archive's division of a single register into
distinct protocols or the unexpected appearance of multi-year entries in a single
sample volume, such as 94A-284, which contained scattered entries from 1705
to 1733. The eight-page list of specific volumes consulted is not reproduced in
this volume but is available from the author; individual contracts cited in the text
are accompanied by a full citation.
Examination of 206 notarial registers from the period 156o to 1735 identified
1,167 conciertos, or contracts, which were coded for type of labor to be per-
formed, terms of the contract, and gender, origin, and destination of worker
(tables IB and IC). An additional 94 agreements creating apprenticeships were
similarly analyzed (table IP). Both types of contracts were examined for data on
the fiadores,or guarantors, and their origin, occupation, and relationship to the
contractee (tables IN and IP).
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