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Rudolf Schuller Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 21

Scope and Contents

1914-1930. The collection of Rudolf Schuller Papers contains personal correspondence, notes, manuscripts, photographs, newspaper clippings, and printed ephemera totaling 1,016 pieces. The major portion of the material consists of field notes, vocabulary lists, and manuscripts from Schuller's studies of several Mexican and Central American Indian languages and dialects, with particular emphasis on the culture and language of the Huasteca people in northern Mexico. There are also materials relating to Schuller's study of the voyages of Columbus and other early New World explorations. Included among the collection's print material are newspaper clippings of articles by Schuller and others relating to various ethnological topics. Also contained in this section are a significant number of items concerning the Mexican Revolution and popular Mexican song and poetry of the 1920s. The Papers include an extensive collection of photographic negatives (mostly 2.25" by 3.5") and contact prints numbering over 1,000 individual pieces. Many of the photographs were taken by Aleko Lilius, a photographer with whom Schuller worked closely. The majority of the photographs depict daily life in Huastecan villages, but there are also some of Mexico City and of Generals Álvaro Obregón and Plutarco Elías Calles. Schuller also collected a series of engravings by José Guadalupe Posada and other artists, which are available for consultation. Please see the Related Materials section for their locations.


  • 1914-1930


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

Rudolf Reimel Schuller was born in Austria in 1873. Educated as a linguist, Schuller's primary concentration was on indigenous languages of Central and South America. From the mid- to late 1900s, Schuller worked in South America, studying indigenous tribal peoples in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. In the early 1920s, Schuller began his ethnological and linguistic studies of various Mexican indigenous groups. Foremost among these were the Huastecan people. In 1924 Schuller served on the faculty of the National University in Mexico City. Following the abolition of the position in late 1924 Schuller came to New Orleans. It was during this time that the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University acquired the Schuller Papers. Rudolf Schuller died in Colombia in 1932.


2016.00 Pieces

18 Linear Feet

6 Linear Feet

6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

40 Hollinger boxes

The materials are arranged as follows:

Series I. Personal Correspondence, Papers, and Photographs

Boxes 1-2

Series II. Notebooks, Diaries, and Notes

A. Comparative Studies -- Indian Languages and Dialects

Boxes 3-4

B. Studies of Individual Indian Languages and Dialects

Boxes 4-6

C. Studies of Mayan Language and Related Dialects

Box 7

D. Studies of Huastecan Language and Related Dialects

Boxes 8-9

E. Data Pertaining to Columbus' Voyages

Boxes 10-14

F. Copies of Popular Verses

Boxes 15-16

G. General Ethnological and Linguistic Notes

Box 17

Series III. Manuscripts, Typescripts, and Reprints of Articles by Schuller

Boxes 18-20

IV. Newspaper Clippings of Articles by Schuller

Box 21

V. Clippings, Reprints, Books, Pamphlets, and Printed Ephemera not by Schuller

A. Anthropological and Ethnological Subjects

Boxes 22-25

B. Popular Mexican Culture Circa 1920

Box 26

C. Miscellaneous Clippings -- Various Subjects

Boxes 27-28

D. Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

Box 29 and Oversize folder in Flat file 1

E. Miscellaneous Books, Pamphlets, Advertisements, and Other Miscellanea

Boxes 30-31

VI. Photographs

Boxes 32-38

Related Materials

1. Notes on the Huaxteca indians of San Luis Postosi, Mexico; la posicion etnologica y linguistica de los Huaxteca (1924) by Rudolf Schuller

2. Contribucion al estudio del folk-lore mexicano; con vistas tomadas por el autor (1925) by Rudolf Schuller

3. Calaveras variedades sobre Mexico

4. Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, #9172. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Rudolf Schuller Papers
Manuscript Collection 21, Manuscripts, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
Barbara Frausto, February 1981
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

7001 Freret Street
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor
Tulane University
New Orleans Louisiana 70118 US
(504) 865-5681