New Spain at the Newberry Library: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection | Newberry

New Spain at the Newberry Library: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection

Queen Juana and King Phillip II Concessions and privileges granted to the Tlaxcalan Indians by the Spanish monarchs 
Tlaxcala, 1732-1808 (Ayer MS 1884 Doc 14)

Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Friday, April 22, 2022

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Newberry Library

Led by Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago and Seonaid Valiant, Arizona State University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs

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.

Learn more about the instructors, Claudia Brittenham and Seonaid Valiant.

Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to all, although registration in advance is required. To register, complete this online registration form. The application deadline is November 1, 2021. Priority will be given to faculty and graduate students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions.

Consortium participants may be eligible to receive CRS Consortium Grants to cover the costs of attending the workshop. Contact your local consortium representative for details.