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Title Papers, [manuscript] 1827-1853 (bulk 1827-1832)
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript; Correspondence; Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Newspapers, receipts, publishing prospectuses, tracings, notes, some letters, an inventory of drawings, and a statistical chart, relating primarily to Waldeck’s expedition to the ruins of Palenque and other sites in the Yucatan. Early papers from 1827 such as a contract with an opera company and an announcement for a monthly series of engravings document some of Waldeck’s activities while living in Mexico City. Most other items relate to his expedition to Palenque: a charter for a fundraising society; newspaper announcement indicating government support for the research; and passports and baggage receipts. There are letters from Waldeck to various officials concerning protection of the Palenque antiquities; to the Geographical Society of Paris and the Institut de France discussing his research; and to Charles Dickens, responding to an article on Central America. Also included are several publisher’s prospectuses for works by Waldeck and others; a set of tracings of Indian motifs; and legal papers and inventory pertaining to the seizure of Waldeck’s drawings by the Mexican government.
Places Yucatán Peninsula, Chiapas, Palenque, Mexico
Keywords travel, exploration, discovery, ruins, archaeology, government, government relations, art, essay
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish; French
Additional Information French traveller, artist, engraver, and Americanist. Waldeck, of German or Austrian origin, may have been born in Prague, Paris, or Vienna, in 1766. He travelled to Mexico in 1825 to work for a silver mining company, and later lived in Mexico City where he gave classes in painting and drawing. Throughout his travels in Mexico, he made drawings of the Indian antiquities and ruins, especially in Palenque and Uxmal between 1832 and 1835, and in 1837, back in Paris, where he spent the last 40 years of his life.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1269
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue