Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Military Government of Cuba


(Record Group 140)
1898-1903

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 140.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 140.2 GENERAL RECORDS 1899-1903
  • 140.2.1 Records of the Military Government of Cuba
  • 140.2.2 Records of the Late Military Government of Cuba
  • 140.2.3 Other records
  • 140.3 RECORDS OF STAFF OFFICES 1898-1903
  • 140.3.1 Records of the Treasurer
  • 140.3.2 Records of the Office of the Auditor
  • 140.3.3 Records of the Office of the Collector of Customs
  • 140.3.4 Records of the Office of the Chief Engineer
  • 140.3.5 Records of the Office of the Director of Posts
  • 140.3.6 Records of other offices
  • 140.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL) 1898-1902

140.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: By Maj. Gen. John R. Brooke, December 28, 1898, in accordance with Presidential order published as General Order 184, Headquarters of the Army, December 13, 1898.

Predecessor Agencies: Spanish colonial administration, formally terminated January 1, 1899.

Functions: Administered civil government of Cuba to May 20, 1902. As the Late Military Government of Cuba, Washington, DC, June 1902-March 1903, completed unfinished business and transferred the records of the Military Government of Cuba to the Bureau of Insular Affairs.

Abolished: By transfer of sovereignty, May 20, 1902.

Successor Agencies: Republic of Cuba.

Finding Aids: Margareth Jorgensen, comp., Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Military Government of Cuba, PI 145 (1962).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Military Government of Cuba in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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140.2 GENERAL RECORDS
1899-1903

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140.2.1 Records of the Military Government of Cuba

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1899-1902, with indexes. Letters received (115 ft.), 1899-1902, with indexes and abstracts. Copies of messages exchanged between Secretary of War Elihu Root and Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood (Military Governor of Cuba, December 1899- May 1902), January 9-July 11, 1901. Coasting permits and oaths of masters, 1899-1902. Lists of fiscal warrants of the Military Government of Cuba, 1899-1902.

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140.2.2 Records of the Late Military Government of Cuba

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1902-3, with indexes. Letters received, 1902- 3, with indexes and abstracts. Reports of officials of the military government, 1901-2. Lists of military government records compiled before they were shipped to the United States, 1902-3.

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140.2.3 Other records

Textual Records: General and special orders, and circulars, 1899-1903, with index, 1899-1902. Index to civilian employees, 1899-1902. Department of Cuba financial records, 1899-1900; and miscellaneous agency records, 1899-1902. Records concerning payment of the "Liberating Army of Cuba," 1899-1902. Records relating to the Crop and Climate Service of the Weather Bureau, 1899.

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140.3 RECORDS OF STAFF OFFICES
1898-1903

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140.3.1 Records of the Treasurer

Textual Records: Ledgers, 1900-2. Record of disbursements of insular funds, 1899-1901.

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140.3.2 Records of the Office of the Auditor

Textual Records: "Light" and "Heavy" documents received, 1899- 1902 (91 ft.), with indexes and cross-reference cards. Correspondence and related documents, 1898-1902. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1899-1902. Letters sent by the Auditor for the Island of Cuba, 1900-2. Records relating to audits of the Customs Service, 1898-1902. General correspondence of the Postal Division, 1899-1902. Letters sent by the Internal Revenue Division, 1901; Division of Property Returns, 1901-2; and Revenue Division, 1901-2. Customs Division statements of accounts current, 1900-1. Financial records of the Jucaro and San Fernando Railroad, 1899-1900. Ledgers, 1899-1903.

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140.3.3 Records of the Office of the Collector of Customs

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1899-1902, with index. Orders, circulars, and news bulletins, 1899-1902. Personnel records, 1898-1901. Miscellaneous records, 1900-2.

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140.3.4 Records of the Office of the Chief Engineer

Textual Records: Contract and personnel correspondence, 1899- 1902. Reports of operations, 1901. Payroll records, 1899-1902. Lists of employees, 1900-2.

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140.3.5 Records of the Office of the Director of Posts

Textual Records: Journal of the Director General of Posts, 1899- 1902. Records relating to activities of special agents of the Department of Posts, 1899-1902.

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140.3.6 Records of other offices

Textual Records: "Civil file" correspondence of Maj. Gen. William Ludlow, Commander, Department of Havana, relating to police and other municipal employees, schools and hospitals, yellow fever, and the "Cassi case," 1899- 1900. Payrolls and other records of the Office of the Quartermaster, 1898- 1900. Journal of the Judge Advocate, Division and Department of Cuba, 1899- 1902. Journal of the Legal Division (Civil Affairs), 1899-1902. Records of the Inspector General, 1900-2. Property returns of the Commissioner of Public Schools, 1900-2. Records of the Office of the Director of Census for Cuba, including letters and telegrams sent by the Assistant Director of the Census, 1899-1900; and property schedules of the 1899 Cuban census, 1899. Correspondence and other records of the Tariff Revision Commission, 1901.

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140.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
1898-1902

Maps (23 items): Telegraph lines in Cuba, yellow fever distribution in Havana, and proposed Havana city railroads, 1898- 1902.

Architectural and Engineering Plans (31 items): San Juan de Dios Hospital, barracks in Puerto Principe, proposed building for University of Medicine in Havana, and dam for Guantanamo Water Works near Santiago, 1898-1902.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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