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William Gates ethnohistorical materials in European languages, 1521-1940

 Series — Box: 104, Folder: 3, 3A, 4, 4A
Identifier: MSS 279 Series 10

Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies, typescripts, and manuscripts from Gates' collection of ethnohistorical materials in European languages, primarily Spanish with some German and English texts.


  • 1521-1940


Language of Materials

Materials in English, Spanish, French, and Native American languages.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Gates papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

William Gates (1863-1940) was an author, linguist, archaeologist, collector, publisher, museum director, and president of the Maya Society.


16 boxes


Curatorial note: "The nature of the Mesoamerican source material collected by Gates precludes any absolute categorization. The researcher interested in ethnohistorical material must bear in mind that grammars often contain valuable data and that the texts in the native languages are of primary importance. This section unites those ethnohistorical materials not encompassed under the division by Mesoamerican languages and only the major translations are cross referenced. There may be significant ethnohistorical data which does not appear as a reference in this section."

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States