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Title Papers [manuscript]: pertaining to the history and antiquities of Chiapas, Mexico, 1897-1909 [4 of 4]
Author León, Nicolás (1859-1929)
Document Type Manuscript; Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: [4 of 4] Research papers and letters, dating from 1897-1909, relating to the history of Chiapas, and containing a partial draft of León’s proposed Ensayo de una historia general del estado de Chiapas. The scrapbook contains research notes from other published works on Chiapas and on Palenque in particular, such as Thompson’s Ancient tombs of Palenque, Gunckel’s Analysis of the day signs in the Palenquen inscriptions; and Holmes’ Archaeological studies. There are sketches in watercolor and pencil of Indian motifs; architectural drawings and ground-plans of temples; printed illustrations of works by Waldeck and Del Río; newspaper clippings; and photographs of the Palenque ruins, Indians of Chiapas, and numerous bishops of the province. The draft is entitled Ensayo de una historia general del estado de Chiapas / por el Dr. Nicolás León, and covers the first five sections of the first part of his proposed outline. León discusses the pre-Columbian geography of Chiapas, as well as the various Indian tribes of the area, their history and their languages. In addition to descriptions of the gods with their Indian names, he includes lists of words and numbers and translations of the Pater Noster in native languages of Chiapas such as Chañabal, Chiapaneco, Chol, Mame, Maya Quiché, Tzotzil, Tzendal, Lacandon, and Zoque. There is also a newspaper clipping from El Mundo of November 27, 1897, announcing a prize of 4000 pesos to be awarded by the Mexican government to the author of the best and most comprehensive history of Chiapas. Finally, the folder contains two letters to León, dated February 14, 1908 and March 28, 1909, from Francisco Orozco y Jiménez, bishop of Chiapas, concerning their mutual scholarly interest in the history of Mexico. Orozco has included with the 1909 letter copies of pontifical documents in Latin, which he copied from the Vatican archives during a recent trip to Rome on the early church history of Chiapas.
Names Gunckel, Lewis Winters; Holmes, William Henry (1846-1933); Thompson, Edward Herbert (1860-1935); Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875); Rio, Antonio del
Places Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Keywords language, vocabulary, religion, church, Christianity, history, archaeology, tomb, temple, newspaper, indigenous peoples, translation, government, Mexico, Mexican
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language Spanish
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1116
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue