New Acquisitions: Early Latin American History Library of James Lockhart

The working library of the late UCLA Professor Emeritus of early Latin American history James Lockhart, generously donated by his widow, is now available for use in the Research Library. Covering the history of Latin America from the 15th to the 18th century, the collection of over 900 volumes includes complete series and facsimiles of rare books and codices.

A selection of books from the James Lockhart Collection

The collection has particular strengths in Peru and Mexico. The published works on Peruvian history enhance the library’s holdings in the area of Latin America, and include several works relevant to studies of the Getty Murúa manuscript. Many volumes are related to the study of Nahuatl, the most widely spoken indigenous language of Central Mexico at the time of the Aztec empire and one that is still spoken today, of which Lockhart was among the world’s foremost experts. In general, the many works on Mexico and Nahuatl are relevant for contextualizing the existing areas of Mexican art, art history, archaeology, and anthropology in the library’s collection. A number of these volumes contain the added bonus of rich annotations by Lockhart that relate directly to his expertise.

Lockhart’s annotations. William H. Prescott, History of the conquest of Mexico; and History of the conquest of Peru (New York: Modern Library, 1939)

The full list of titles in the James Lockhart Collection is available in Primo Search.

-Kathleen Salomon, Associate Director and Chief Librarian

Focus on E-Resources: Latin American Newspapers, 1805-1922

Starting on September 15, Southern California will experience Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles. To join in the celebration, we are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of an online database with more than 280 historic Latin American newspapers published between 1805 and 1922. The database is available for on-site library use.

The titles are from more than 20 countries and published in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. The contents can be sorted by city, country, or publication date. Lists of notable titles for Series 1 (1805-1922) and Series 2 (1822-1922) are available for browsing.

The newspapers chronicle the evolution of Latin America through advertisements, editorials, eyewitness reporting, legislative information, letters, obituaries, poetry, and other items, offering a wide range of viewpoints from diverse Latin American cultures.

-Susan Flanagan, Collection Development Librarian for Electronic Resources

Applications Now Available for 2018 Getty Library Research Grants

Getty Library Research Grants provide partial support to researchers requiring the use of specific collection materials housed in the Research Library, and whose place of residence is more than 80 miles from the Getty Center.

Supporting grants ranging from $800 to $3,000 are available, depending upon the distance traveled, and can be used for research lasting several days to a maximum of three months. The funding for these grants has been generously supplemented by donations from Getty Research Institute Council members and the Getty Conservation Institute.

This year special grants targeting research in the art market, modern architecture, design, 18th-century German art, and conservation have been added.

The deadline to apply is October 16, 2017.

To learn more and download the application, visit the Getty Foundation web page.

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