The Legacy of a Tlamatini: H.B. Nicholson's Mesoamerican Archive

Author(s): Claudia Camacho-Trejo

Year: 2017


H.B. Nicholson was considered the Tlamatini of Aztec studies. He was also known as a warm and generous professor who dedicated his life to the study of Mesoamerican cultures. His legacy is highlighted by his remarkable collection of articles, books, photographs, and slides acquired over more than five decades. After his death in 2007, Nicholson’s family donated his entire private collection of books, articles, slides, and photographs to the University of California, Los Angeles. Five years ago, when that university was deaccessioning much of his collection, part of it was given to California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). The gift included Nicholson’s entire slide archive of more than 10,000 slides of published and unpublished images. For the past years, a group of CSULA students has worked to digitize these slides to organize and preserve the valuable and sometimes rare information that they contain. This paper will report on the content of the digitized archive and the importance of H. B. Nicholson’s legacy to Mesoamerican studies.

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The Legacy of a Tlamatini: H.B. Nicholson's Mesoamerican Archive. Claudia Camacho-Trejo. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431151)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17127