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Philip II letters to Diego de Orellana de Chaves

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 504

Scope and Contents

Contains 176 handwritten letters (379 leaves and in Spanish) relating to Spain's struggle with her English, French, and Dutch enemies on the seas of western Europe. They especially deal with how to conduct the naval war against Spain's enemies after the defeat of the Armada. The items cover the period of Philip's reign from 1591 to the King's death in September of 1598. Most of the material is addressed to Diego de Orellana de Chaves, the royal governor of Spain's northern coast.

All the manuscripts are in contemporary Spanish secretarial hands, and a few have the writers' autographs. 159 items are from Philip II, and all are signed. 52 are signed with the King's autograph signature and 107 with official stamped facsimile signatures. Many of the items have contemporary wax impressions of official seals and also have contemporary endorsements.


  • 1592-1597


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Philip II letters to Diego de Orellana de Chaves must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

King of Spain (1556-1598) and Portugal (1580-1598) with extensive holdings in the New World and on continental Europe. He ruled Spain and the Spanish Empire at their greatest power and widest geographical extent. He was active in support of his family, the Habsburgs, and of Catholic causes in Europe.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Custodial History

Originally found in the Orellana's archive as governor of the so-called "Four Towns" (Cuatro Villas) of the Cantabrian coast.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

  • Photocopies of collection
Register of Philip II letters to Diego de Orellana de Chaves
Leslie Evens
2011 December 15
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States