9 am to 5 pm
The Edward E. Ayer Collection of rare books and manuscripts contained 4,000 rare colonial documents from New Spain when it was given to the Newberry Library in 1911. The rich materials represented the early contacts between American Indians and Europeans, including sermons and dictionaries in indigenous languages handwritten by priests and pictorial court documents created by indigenous artists that contested land holdings in the Valley of Mexico. This one-day workshop will use the Ayer Collection and its history to discuss the historical migration of books in the global market. The workshop will also allow graduate students an opportunity to consult rare documents in the collection by learning how to read, contextualize, and interpret them.
Led by Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago and Seonaid Valiant, Arizona State University.
8:30 – 9 Coffee and introductions
9 – 10:15 History of Collecting New Spain at the Newberry and Beyond
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12 The Material and Social Contexts of Document Production in New Spain
12 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3 Rare Books Session
3 – 5 Wrap-Up and Online Resources
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