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William Gates collection of texts in native languages, 1521-1940

Identifier: MSS 279 Series 9

Scope and Contents

Contains photocopies, typescripts, manuscripts, and notes of texts collected by Gates in various Mesoamerican languages.


  • 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.


328 folders


Arranged in thirty subseries: 1. Achagua texts. 2. Cakchiquel texts. 3. Chiapanec texts. 4. Chinantec texts. 5. Cuicatec texts. 6. Cuna texts. 7. Huastec texts. 8. Kekchi texts. 9. Latin texts. 10. Mam texts. 11. Maya texts. 12. Matlatzinca texts. 13. Mazahua texts. 14. Mixe texts. 15. Mixtec texts. 16. Nahuatl texts. 17. Opata texts. 18. Otomi texts. 19. Pocomam texts. 20. Pocomchi texts. 21. Quiche texts. 22. Spanish texts. 23. Tarascan texts. 24. Tzeltal texts. 25. Tzotzil texts. 26. Tzutuhil texts. 27. Zapotec texts. 28. Zoque texts. 29. Unidentified texts. 30. Maps, drawings, and other material.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States