Scope and Content
Title: Eduard Seler Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1884-1922
Collection number: 1449
Seler, Eduard, 1849-1922
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Eduard Seler (1849-1922) taught science and mathematics until he was forced to resign because of poor health (1879). He moved
to Trieste and began studying linguistics, and his interest in Pre-Columbian ethnography and archeology emerged. He served
as the director for the American Division of the Königlichen Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin (1904-22). His published papers
and monographs made fundamental contributions to studies of aboriginal American linguistics, archaeology, native history,
and ethnography. The collection consists of manuscripts and drawings related to Eduard Seler's research of Mesoamerican cultures
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including
copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Kurt L. Schwarz, purchase.
[Identification of item], Eduard Seler Papers (Collection 1449). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Seler was born in Crossen an der Oder, Prussia, on December 5, 1849; attended Joachimsthalsche Gymnasium, Berlin, 1863-1869;
attended University of Breslau before serving a year of military duty in 1870-71 during the Franco-Prussian War; returned
to his studies at University of Berlin in 1871 and passed his Oberlehrer examination in 1875; taught science and mathematics
until he was forced to resign because of poor health in 1879; moved to Trieste and began studying linguistics, and his interest
in Pre-Columbian ethnography and archeology emerged; received his doctorate, University of Leipzig, 1887; director, American
Division, Königlichen Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin, 1904-22; his published papers and monographs made fundamental contributions
to studies of aboriginal American linguistics, archaeology, native history, and ethnography; died in 1922.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of manuscripts and drawings related to Eduard Seler's research of Mesoamerican cultures and history. Manuscripts
include copies of various texts and codices in the Mixtec, Zapotec, and Nahuatl languages, as well as translations by Seler.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Seler, Eduard, 1849-1922--Archives.
Indians of Mexico--Research.
Indians of Central America--Research.