William Gates papers
Scope and Contents
Containts transcripts, printers' proofs, grammars, vocabularies, dictionaries, glyph studies, botanical studies, commentaries, articles, editions of codices, personal correspondence, 44 original manuscripts, imprints, maps, charts, drawings, photographs, notes, memoranda, Maya Society materials, genealogies of Maya families, and Mayan glyphs on moveable type. Many of the items are reproductions. The materials relate to the languages history and archaeology of the Indian peoples of Central America, and emphasizes the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Dated 1521-1947.
- Gates, William, 1863-1940 (creator, Person)
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.
William Gates (1863-1940) was an author, linguist, archaeologist, collector, publisher, museum director, and president of the Maya Society.
152 boxes (76 linear ft.)
2 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)
1 oversize folder (0.5 linear ft.)
Arranged in eleven series: 1. William Gates correspondence, 1899-1947. 2. William Gates papers on collecting activities, 1898-1940. 3. William Gate research notes, 1898-1940. 4. Writings, 1912-1922. 5. Institutional affiliations, 1912-1940. 6. Maya Society records, 1930-1940. 7. William Gates personalia, 1898-1940. 8. William Gates Mesoamerican source materials, 1593-1924. 9. William Gates collection of texts in native languages, 1521-1940. 10. William Gates ethnohistorical materials in European languages, 1521-1940. 11. William Gate photographs, postcards, and other material, 1960-1960.
The bulk of the collection was created by Gates over several years and was managed under the Maya Society, of which Gates was president. Upon Gates' death in 1940, the collection fell to his sister, Edith McComas, who was vice president of the society for many years. Many surplus publications were disposed of, and most original manuscripts that were once part of the collection were sold to Princeton University. Through the efforts of Dr. M Wells Jakeman, a Maya researcher who had previously appraised the collection for the estate, and other persons, Brigham Young University purchased the collection in 1946. Additional correspondence was donated by Ethel Jane Bunting in 1978.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Bulk of collection: Purchased; Edith McComas (sister of William Gates); 1946. Additional materials: Donated; Ethel Jane Bunting; 1978.
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
- Aztecs -- History
- Central America -- Antiquities
- Central America -- Languages -- History -- Sources
- Charts, diagrams, etc.
- Drafts (Documents)
- Gates, William, 1863-1940 -- Archives
- Indians of Central America -- History
- Indians of Central America -- Languages -- History
- Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities
- Indians of Mexico -- History
- Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- History
- Maya Society
- Register of William Gates papers
- Under Revision
- Gareth W. Lowe
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.