MS 2205 Copies of Alexander von Humboldt collection of Mexican pictographic manuscripts
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS2205
Creators:
Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859
Steinen, Karl von den, 1855-1929
Dates:
undated
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
18 Prints
Repository:

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian naturalist and geographer who traveled extensively in Central and South America among other locations. The records and studies he made during his travels helped establish physical geography and geophysics as disciplines. His writings such as "Voyage de Humboldt et Bonpland" and "Kosmos" also contributed to make him one of the foremost scholars of the 19th century.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital surrogates are available online.
Existence and Location of Originals
Portion of the original collection in Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany gw
Existence and Location of Originals
Portion of the original collection in Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico, mx
Author

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 2205

General
General
Information on manuscripts taken from Eduard Seler, "Mexican picture writing of Alexander von Humboldt", Bulletin of the Bureau of American Ethnology Number 28, 1904, and John B. Glass, "A Census of Native Middle American Pictorial Manuscripts," Handbook of Middle American Indians, 1975.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
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Citation
Manuscript 2205, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Other Archival Materials
Other Archival Materials
Tracings of Humboldt's original collection in British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom, Humboldt Fragment 1.

Custodial History
Custodial History
The original manuscripts were purchased by Alexander von Humboldt from the Leon y Gama collection in Mexico in 1803 and were believed to have been part of the Boturini collection. Eduard Seler published a commentary on the originals, which featured illustrated copies of the manuscripts by Karl von den Steinen in 1893. These copies, most of which are of von den Steinen's illustrations, were most likely acquired by the BAE for publication of the English translation of Seler's commentary in BAE Bulletin 28 (1904).

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Picture-writing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
hieroglyphics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mexico Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Indians of Mexico Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Seler, Eduard, 1849-1922 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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