9:30 am - 4:30 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.
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.