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Jose Pedro Varela papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3904

Scope and Contents note

The Jose Pedro Varela papers include a genealogy chart of Jose Pedro Varela. Also included are photocopies of correspondence between Jose Pedro Varela (writing from Montevideo, Uruguay) and M. Margarita, Cervantes, and Lorenzo Latorre (1874). The letters talk about religion, school supplies, and other topics. Also included are pages from books that discuss Varela's ideas, scholastic authority, biographical information as well as a timeline of Varela's life. All documents are in Spanish and are photocopies from 1814-1877.


  • 1814-1877


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Jose Pedro Varela papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jose Pedro Varela (1845-1879) pushed for educational reform in Uruguay and wrote a few books on the topic.

Jose Pedro Varela was born on March 19, 1845. He began his career when he started working with newspapers. He visited France on one occasion where he visited with Victor Hugo. Varela's main influence was his push for educational reform in Uruguay. He was the president of Historical Origins and Evolution of Education Uruguay from 1875-76 which pioneered universal, free, and compulsory primary education in Uruguay. He wrote a few books which presented the plausibility of scholar reform. He was the first in his country to use his country's statistics to show the possibility of educational reform. His writings persuaded the government to pass the 1877 Law of Common Education. The model that was adopted for Uruguay's education was that of the French system. Jose Pedro Varela died at the young age of thirty-four on October 24, 1879.


1 folder (0.03 linear feet)

Language of Materials



The Jose Pedro Varela papers include photocopied correspondence, genealogy, and biographical information from 1814-1877.

Custodial History note

Donated by Gary Jensen in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Gary Jensen; 1989.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts because of collection development policy 5. IV. "Ethnic and minority history."

Related Archival Materials note

La educación del pueblo; LA 601 .V3 2005 t.1.

Obras pedagógicas de José Pedro Varela; LB 675 .V32x 2002 vol.1.

José Pedro Varela : el hombre y el mito; LB 675 .V32 G65 1997.

La educación media : con una selección de documentos de época; LA 601 .V35x 1991.

La educación media : con una selección de documentos de época; LA 601 .V35x 1991.

La segunda memoria : con una selección de documentos de época; LA 601 .V365x 1990.

La legislación escolar; KHU 3540 .V37 1989.

José Pedro Varela y los derechos de la mujer; LB 3067.U8 L37 1986.

Varela; LA601 .V37.

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Register of Jose Pedro Varela papers
Katie Connors, student processor; John Murphy, curator; 2009
2009 March 17
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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