ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
It’s an enormous pleasure to thank the many people who helped me turn
inchoate musings about escribanos into a book. First I would like to express
my gratitude to the institutions that gave me access to their holdings: in
Cuzco, the Archivo Arzobispal, the Archivo Regional de Cusco, the Mon-
asterio de Santa Catalina de Sena, and the Monasterio de Santa Clara; in
Lima, the Archivo Arzobispal de Lima, the Archivo General de la Nación,
the Sala de Investigaciones of the Biblioteca Nacional, and the Archivo de
Límites of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores; in Spain, the Archivo
General de Indias in Seville, the Archivo Histórico de Sevilla, and the
Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid; in Portugal, the Arquivo Nacional da Torre
do Tombo in Lisbon and the Biblioteca Geral da Universidade de Coimbra;
and in the United States, the Benson Latin American Library at the Univer-
sity of Texas at Austin, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University,
the Latin American Library at Tulane University, the Harvard Law School
Library, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the Wilson and
Davis Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and
Special Collections at the Duke University Library. I am deeply grateful to
those who made me welcome in these places, often going beyond the call
of duty.
I am also grateful to the institutions that funded my research and writ-
ing at various stages. The University of North Carolina provided support
for summer research travel to Spain and Peru. I thank Peter Coclanis and
Lloyd Kramer, chairs of the History Department, for helping me get the
funds I needed, and I thank my colleagues in the department for making
our work environment so congenial. A National Humanities Center fel-
lowship in 2002–3 and a fall 2003 fellowship from unc’s Institute for the
Arts and Humanities enabled me to begin drafting chapters; with a Na-
tional Endowment for the Humanities fellowship in 2006–7, I was able to
complete a first draft.
There are many others without whom I’d never have pulled this sprawl-
ing project together. For initial encouragement and help, I thank Donato
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