Skip to Search



A Guide to the Aileen Moore Topping Papers

Finding aid created by Scot R. Cruickshank

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2007


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Topping, Aileen Moore
Title: Aileen Moore Topping Papers
Dates: 1779-1785
Abstract: Typed English translations of original reports from Spanish agents reporting on the activities of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. Topping used these translations as source material for her published and unpublished works.
Extent: 0.6 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: MS 233
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Aileen Moore Topping was a graduate of Agnes Scott College and Middlebury College and taught at the University of Miami. She worked extensively in the Spanish archives at the Archivo General de Simancas, the Archivo Historico Nacional, and the Archivo General de Indias. [Source: Adapted from Samuel Proctor, "General Editor's Preface," pp. viii-ix, in An Impartial Account of the Late Expedition Against St. Augustine, with an introduction and indexes by Aileen Moore Topping. Bicentennial Floridiana Facsimile Series, University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 1978.]


Scope and Content

Includes Topping's typed English translations of correspondence between Spanish authorities and diplomatic agents Juan de Miralles and Fransisco Rendón. These documents contain detailed reports on the activities of the American Continental Congress from 1777-1785. The agents obtained information clandestinely and passed it to the Spanish crown. The typed copies contained in this collection were made from original primary source material located in the Archivo General de Simancas, the Archivo Historico Nacional, and the Archivo General de Indias. This collection provides insight into Spanish involvement during the Revolutionary period in America.

Topping made this collection available to the Library of Congress during publication of their 25 volume edition of the Correspondence of the Continental Congress, which made extensive use of her work in vols. 10-20. These can be consulted at most university research libraries and online at Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789. Her research greatly increased historians' understanding of the Spanish missions of Miralles and Rendon to Congress during the American Revolution.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

The Library of Congress (Manuscripts Division) has a similar set of typescripts. For additional information on this topic, see the Aileen Moore Topping Collection at http://www.loc.gov/rr/mss/text/topping.html

Morales Padrón, Franciso (editor). Journal of Don Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis during the commission which he had in his charge from 25 June 1780 until the 20th of the same month 1783. Translated by Aileen Moore Topping. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 1989.

Topping, Aileen Moore (editor). An Impartial account of the late expedition against St. Augustine under General Oglethorpe: a facsimile reproduction of the 1742 edition: with an introduction and indexes. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 1978.

Topping, Aileen Moore. "Spanish agents at the Continental Congress and Spanish-American plans for the Conquest of East Florida." Unpublished manuscript, on file, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, U.F., n.d.

Topping, Aileen Moore. "Jean Savy's plans for expelling the British from Georgia, 1735 - 1737." Unpublished manuscript, on file, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, U.F., n.d.

Topping, Aileen Moore. "The Journal of Don Miguel Antonio Eduado." Unpublished manuscript, on file, P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, U.F., n.d.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Aileen Moore Topping Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Anne Topping Weed.


Contents List

Box
1 Mission of Juan de Miralles. 1778
1 Mission of Juan de Miralles. 1779
1 Mission of Juan de Miralles, Mission of Francisco Rendón. 1780
1 Mission of Francisco Rendón. 1781
2 Mission of Francisco Rendón. 1782
2 Mission of Francisco Rendón. 1783
2 Mission of Francisco Rendón. 1784
2 Mission of Francisco Rendón. 1785

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Diplomatic and consular service, Spanish--United States.
Miralles, Juan de
Rendón, Francisco
Spain--Foreign relations--United States.
United States--Foreign relations--Spain.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States. Continental Congress.



For further information, please contact: Special Collections Access Services.

University of Florida Home Page