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Title Vol. 26 de mon journal de notes de l’annee 1833-34 [manuscript]: conjugation des verbes aztèques, vocabulaire tchol et maya, ocotzinco
Author Waldeck, Frédéric de (1766-1875)
Document Type Manuscript
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Volume 26 of Waldeck’s notebooks, containing research notes from 1833-34, with some additions from 1837. Waldeck begins with a lengthy section on various Indian languages: there is a glossary of Spanish, Tzeltal, Maya, and Chol terms, as well as a list of Nahuatl verb conjugations. Many of the notes concern the history and culture of ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Asiatic peoples, to whom, Waldeck was convinced, the Indians of Mexico and Central America were directly related. Waldeck compares the sculpture and architecture of Copán with that found at Palenque and Uxmal, and provides a list of architectural terms used to describe the monuments at Uxmal. He also includes extensive sections on the early history of the Yucatán; the collections of the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City; and the description of his journey from Palenque to Ocotzinco in March of 1833. A lengthy clipping from the N.Y. Evening Post of October 17, 1833 concerning the research of various explorers of the ruins of Palenque and which mentions Waldeck himself, is followed later in the journal (p. 66-72) by Waldeck’s critical comments on the article.
Places Copán, Palenque, Uxmal, Yucatán, Mexico City, Ocotzinco, Mexico
Keywords art, travel, discovery, expedition, exploration, Mexican, observation, ethnography, mythology, folklore, religion, history, custom, culture, language, newspaper, literature
Theme Indigenous Peoples of Mexico; Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Mesoamerica
Language French
Additional Information

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.

Some pages contain specimens of butterfly wings collected by Waldeck from the forests of Palenque.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT Ayer MS 1266
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue