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, February 16, 2018

9 am to 5 pm

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

Led by Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago and Seonaid Valiant, Arizona State University

Cost and Registration Information 

The application deadline is November 1, 2017. Enrollment is limited, by competitive application, with priority given to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Fees are waived for consortium students.

Complete the online application form.