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How to find Online Resources regarding Codices and Colonial Latin American Documents.

List of databases related to researching codices and colonial Latin American documents.

How to find Online Resources regarding Codices and Colonial Latin American Documents.

How to find Online Resources regarding Codices and Colonial Latin American Documents.


The following resource list of databases for the the study of codices and Latin American colonial documents was compiled by Claudia Brittenham, co-instructor for the workshop for New Spain at the Newberry: Demystifying Colonial Documents from the Ayer Collection, offered on 16 February 2018 at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL.

Synopsis: The Edward E. Ayer Collection of rare books and manuscripts contained 4,000 rare colonial documents from New Spain when it was given to the Newberry Library in 1911. The rich materials represented the early contacts between American Indians and Europeans, including sermons and dictionaries in indigenous languages handwritten by priests and pictorial court documents created by indigenous artists that contested land holdings in the Valley of Mexico. This one-day workshop will use the Ayer Collection and its history to discuss the historical migration of books in the global market. The workshop will also allow graduate students an opportunity to consult rare documents in the collection by learning how to read, contextualize, and interpret them.

Applications for the next session of the workshop, to be taught by Seonaid Valiant, Curator for Latin American Studies at the ASU Library and Claudia Brittenham, Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, will be available in mid 2019.


Resources regarding Codices and Colonial Latin American Documents:


Online catalog:

The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico, an online exhibition:

Writing the Voices of the Americas, online exhibition of print history :

Popol Vuh online:

Allen Christenson’s literal and poetic translations of the Popol Vuh can be downloaded here: ]


Includes the Florentine Codex, The Matrícula de Tributos, the Mapa Siguenza, the Uppsala Map, several Relaciones Geográficas, the Codex Columbino, the Boban Calendar Wheel, the Codex Azcatitlan, the Codex Ixtlilxochitl, the Codex Mexicanus, the Tonalamatl Aubin, the Matrícula de Huehotzingo, the Codex Chavero of Huehotzingo, the Codex Osuna (here called the Painting of the Governor, Mayors, and Rulers of Mexico) and other documents. The following link will produce all documents from Mexico:


Includes the Codex Cruz Badiano, the Tira de la Peregrinación/Codex Boturini, the Matrícula de Tributos, the Codex Mendoza, and the Tonalamatl Aubin, along with many other documents. (INAH is the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico)

Also check out the Codex Mendoza app: (English) and (Spanish, which is useful for transcriptions)

And the Tira de la Peregrinación app:


 Includes the Primeros Memoriales,, Relaciones Geográficas maps, and many other useful documents


  • Primeros Libros de las Américas:

Of the approximately 220 titles known to have been printed in Mexico in the 16th century, 136 titles are known to have survived to the present day. This website compiles all known copies of these texts. The list of partners is also a useful resource:


Codex Duran :



Codex Borgia:

Codex Vaticanus A:

Codex Vaticanus B:

  • British Museum:

Codex Zouche-Nuttall:

Codex Sanchez Solis/Egerton:

Codex Kingsborough:

and others, including facsimiles:

Collection of Relaciones Geográficas documents

Codex Xolotl


Mapa de Quinatzin



Mexicain 18-19: Tonalamatl



Compilation sites :

  • William Ringle’s Digital Resources for the Study of Prehispanic Mexico:

Codex Boturini interactive :

and Maya resources:

Facsimiles of many codices, maps, and other pictorial documents ( as well as manuscripts ( and a dictionary (

Includes facsimiles of Prehispanic codices ( the ever-useful Bibliografia Mesoamericana ( and other useful resources.

A compilation of maps from Mexico and Guatemala, including several Relación Geográfica maps but many more as well.

Flippable versions of the Codex Aubin, Codex Boturini/Tira de la Peregrinación, Codex Mendoza, Codex Telleriano-Remensis, Codex Azcatitlan, and Tira de Tepechpan, along with ongoing transcription and translation projects


Resources on Mesoamerican writing systems, the Codex Nutall, the Matricula de Tributos, the Lienzo de Tlaxcala, and other documents.


Informative articles on a variety of Aztec and Maya topics, mostly written by scholars in the field

This website is more oriented towards the Classic Maya, but contains a number of useful resources




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