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Title Journals [manuscript]: England and Mexico, 1825-1829
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Diary; Travel Journal
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Three journals covering the years 1826-1837. Journal (1825-1826) is a typewritten transcript of Waldeck’s account of his trip from England to Mexico in 1825. Entries document Waldeck’s preparations for his voyage, his arrival at Tampico, and his work in the silver mines at Tlalpujahua. He describes the Mexican terrain, climate, food, flora and fauna, and customs, and comments on the drawings he is making of the Indians at their daily chores. Unhappy in his job, Waldeck moves to Mexico City in 1826. Journal (1826-1829) is a ms. in Waldeck’s hand documenting his 4 years in Mexico City after leaving Tlalpujahua. During that time, Waldeck worked on his drawings and gave art classes. His entries record the mundane details of everyday life, his finances, and his associations with various people such as Charles Nebel, from whom he purchased several Indian manuscripts. Journal (1829-1837) is a photocopy of two British Library mss. (Add. 41684 and 41685) describing his travels in the Yucatán. Waldeck documents his visits to Xochicalco, Teotihuacán, Tabasco, Palenque, Mérida, Uxmal, and Chichén Itzá, where he prepares drawings of the Indian antiquities and ruins. Entries describe his own drawings as well as the Indian pictorial mss. he acquired. Miscellaneous notes deal with miles travelled, Indian place names, observations on rivers, palm forests, and the climate.
Names Nebel, Charles
Places Tampico, Tlalpujahua, Mexico City, Yucatán, Xochicalco, Teotihuacán, Tabasco, Palenque, Mérida, Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, Mexico
Keywords art, travel, expedition, discovery, Mexican, mythology, folklore, religion, custom, observation, culture, France, travelogue, mining, prospecting, silver, education, naming
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language French
Additional Information

Third journal (photocopies of British Library Add MS 41684 and 41685) not digitised.

French traveller, painter, 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 after his return to 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 1261
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue