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Latin American History Research Guide

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Primary Sources in Books

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Primary Sources at CSULA

Mesoamerica and Colonial Mexico Rare Book Collection

Comprised of three collections: Ruwet, Glass and Nicholson. The three collections amount for approximately 7,000 books and documents that include the papers and research works of three donors.

The collection is divided into three large groups:

  • The Mesoamerican,
  • the Colonial
  • Independent periods of Mexican history from the 16th to 20th century.

The collection includes facsimile editions of the Pre-Columbian Codices, such as the Borgia, Nuttall, Fejervary-Mayer, Vaticanus A and B, Selden, Borbonicus, Boturini, Mendoza, De la Cruz-Badiano, Florentine Codex. 

More Latin American Collections at Cal State LA

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300