Finding aid to the Rodolfo R. Schuller and Popol Vuh Papers MS.792

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 September 4


Title: Rodolfo R. Schuller and Popol Vuh papers,
Identifier/Call Number: MS.792
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: MS.792
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet 1 folder
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1931-1932
Date (inclusive): 1931-1932, 1947
Abstract: Ruldolf Schuller (1873-1932) was an Austrian linguist and philologist whose primary concentration was on Indian languages of Central and South America, and who was working on a translation of the Popol Vuh, the creation story from the Quiché (K'iche') Maya nation of Guatemala. Schuller corresponded heavily with Ruth Gaines (1877-1952), a writer and librarian at the Huntington Free Library in Bronx, New York to assist in working on a translation of the Popol Vuh. This collection consists of one folder of correspondence, notes, and a manuscript in English and Spanish. Correspondents include Ruth Gaines, Rudolf Schuller, F. W. Hodge, Oliver La Farge, and Wanda La Farge. Correspondence from 1932 regards the death of Schuller and the custodianship of his papers.
Language: English, German, Spanish.
creator: Gaines, Ruth, 1877-1952
creator: Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956
creator: La Farge, Oliver, 1901-1963
creator: Schuller, Rodolfo R., 1873-1932
creator: Schuller, Rudolf Riemel, 1873-1932

Access

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Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred citation

Rodolfo R. Schuller and Popol Vuh Papers, 1931-1948, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.792.

Acquisition

Donation from Ruth Gaines, 1947 July 31.

Biographical Note

Ruldolf Schuller (1873-1932) was an Austrian linguist and philologist whose primary concentration was on Indian languages of Central and South America. Schuller studied Indian tribes in Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, and Peru during the early 1910s and 1920s. In 1924, Schuller served on the faculty of the National University in Mexico City, then moved to New Orleans. Schuller was working on a translation of the creation story of the Quiché (K'iche') Maya nation of Guatemala, the Popol Vuh, when he died in Colombia in 1932.
Schuller corresponded heavily with Ruth Gaines (1877-1952), a writer and librarian at the Huntington Free Library in Bronx, New York. Schuller enlisted Gaines for assistance in working on the Popol Vuh. Gaines also corresponded with Oliver La Farge, Oliver’s wife Wanda La Farge, and Frederick W. Hodge of the Southwest Museum regarding Schuller’s personal effects and manuscripts after he passed away.

Scope and contents

This collection consists of one folder of correspondence, notes, and a manuscript in English and Spanish. Correspondents include Ruth Gaines, Rudolf Schuller, F. W. Hodge, Oliver La Farge, and Wanda La Farge. Correspondence from 1932 regards the death of Schuller and the custodianship of his papers.

Processing history

Initial processing by Braun Library Staff. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Project Archivist, 2012 September 4, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Related Archival Materials

Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, 1492-1915, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., MSS39131. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms009150
Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, #9172. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library. (this appears to be the collection whose contents are listed in our file)
Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, circa 1912-1935, New York State Library, Albany, New York.
Oliver La Farge Collection, 1886-1966, University of Texas at Austin, TXRC00-A0.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Anthropology
Archaeology
Correspondence
Indians of Central America -- Guatemala
Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Religion
Manuscripts
Mayan languages -- Writing
Popol vuh
Quiché Indians -- Religion