Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

Documents from Colonial Mexico in the Ayer Indigenous Studies Collection


Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Mexico, this symposium will explore how modern audiences can recover premodern Indigenous American voices and perspectives obscured by European colonization. A diverse group of researchers in art history, history, cartography, literature, and beyond will present items from the rich collection of colonial materials in the Edward E. Ayer collection at the Newberry Library. Through lightning talks and discussions, the symposium will contribute to a larger conversation at the Newberry about telling the stories of marginalized peoples to contemporary audiences. A keynote roundtable will open the symposium, reveal the history of the Ayer collection, and discuss its current state and its future development.

Co-hosted and cosponsored by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library.

Participant Bios


Thursday, May 13

12-1 pm Keynote Roundtable

The Ayer Collection Past, Present, and Future
Moderator: Rose Miron, Newberry Library

Seonaid Valiant, Arizona State University
Jean O’Brien, University of Minnesota
Analú María Lopéz, Newberry Library

Friday, May 14th

10:30-11:30 am Roundtable I: Space
Moderator: Lisa Voigt, Ohio State University

Michael Schreffler, University of Notre Dame
"Alonso de Molina, Aqui comiença un vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana, 1555"
VAULT Ayer 871 .A952 M7 1555

Catalina Ospina, University of Chicago
"Will of Don Miguel Damián with Genealogy, 1576"
VAULT oversize Ayer MS 1900

Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago
"Genealogy of Pedronilla and Juliana, 1576"
VAULT oversize Ayer MS 1902

12-1 pm Roundtable 2: Legend
Moderator: Tatiana Seijas, Rutgers University

Cristina Cruz González, Oklahoma State University
"Joseph Diaz de la Vega, Memorias Piadosas de la Nación Yndiana, 1782"
VAULT Ayer 1193 no. 2

Delia Cosentino, DePaul University
"Fragmentos de la Historia de Tlaxcala de Diego Muñoz Camargo, 1852"
VAULT Ayer MS 1174

Emmanuel Ortega, University of Illinois at Chicago
"D. Ysidro Sariñan, y Cuenca, Oracion funebre, que dixo el doctor D. Ysidro Sariñan, y Cuenca, Chantre de la Santa Iglesia Metropolitana de Mexico, Cathedratico de Prima de Sagrada Escritura en la Real Universidad.... 1681."
Graff 3681

2-3 pm Roundtable 3: Word
Moderator: Laura Leon Llerena, Durham University

Heather Allen, University of Mississippi
"Browning Manuscript, c. 1740"
folio Case ms 5011

Amber Brian, University of Iowa
"Relación sucinta en forma de memorial, 174?"
VAULT Ayer Ms 1109

Abelardo de la Cruz de la Cruz, IDIEZ AC & University at Albany, SUNY
"Nahuatl comedic play, 1650-1740"
VAULT Ayer Ms 3265