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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Academic materials, 1975-1998

Papers by Linda Schele, 1974-1979

Magazines and journals 1963-1998

Collected publications, 1837-1998

The Benson Latin American Collection

Linda Schele Papers, 1837-1998



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Schele, Linda
Title: Linda Schele Papers
Dates: 1837-1988
Abstract: Personal papers of Linda Schele, expert of Maya epigraphy and iconography, and University of Texas graduate and professor. Included are materials from Schele’s graduate program, teaching materials, articles by and about Schele, and collected publications from Schele’s library.
Accession No.: 2000-17
Extent: 7.5 linear feet
Language: English Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Linda Schele was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 30, 1942, daughter to Ruby Richmond and sister to Tom Richmond. Her father-in-law was DeWayne Schele, and she had a sister-in-law Sandra Jane Quance. In 1964 Schele graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in education. She would continue her education at Cincinnati, graduating in 1968 with a master’s degree in fine arts. That same year, Schele married David Schele, architect and fellow Cincinnati graduate, and started teaching studio art courses at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

In 1970, Linda and David Schele would travel to the Mayan city of Palenque in the Yucatan Peninsula. During the course of the trip, Linda Schele developed a strong enthusiasm for Mayan art which would quickly translate into a new career focus on studying Mayan culture and history. Schele would soon after enroll at the University of Texas, earning her doctorate in Latin American studies in 1980 and subsequently becoming a professor in the Department of Art and Art History in 1981. Her dissertation entitled Maya Glyphs: the Verbs was published in 1982.

Schele was labeled widely as a pioneer in the field of Mayan studies, most of all for her work decoding and translating Mayan inscriptions, which in the 1970s, upended modern understanding of Mayan history and culture. Noted for her 1973 collaborative work with Peter Matthews and Floyd Lounsbury, the three studied the glyphs of Palenque, revealing hundreds of years of Mayan history.

In 1977, Schele and Nancy Troike would co-found the Maya Meetings (presently known as the Mesoamerica Meetings), an annual University of Texas conference centered on Maya archaeological research and discovery.

In 1986, Schele and Mary Miller would curate for The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the exhibition and catalog of Maya art, "The Blood of Kings: A New Interpretation of Maya Art." A landmark contribution, the works described the Mayan histories of warfare and ritual sacrifice, which stood in stark contrast with prior interpretations of the Mayans as a primarily peaceful people.

In 1988, Schele would collaborate with Nikolai Grube and Frederico Fahsen on a series of hieroglyphic workshops in both Mexico and Guatemala. Created specifically for modern day Mayan descendants, the workshops were intended to provide skills needed to decipher and understand the written language of their ancestors.

Linda Schele passed away on April 18, 1998, in a hospital near her home in Austin, Texas due to pancreatic cancer. Anticipating her death, Schele would continue to lecture, and established The Linda Schele Endowment in Maya and Pre Columbian Studies at UT Austin.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the personal library of Linda Schele, expert of Maya epigraphy and iconography, writer, and University of Texas graduate and professor. The materials document her as a student, containing class notes from her PhD program; her work as a University of Texas professor; and her career as a scholar of Mayan artwork and history, both in the works she produced and in the materials she used for research and reference. The collection is arranged in four series: Academic materials, Papers by Linda Schele, Magazines and journals, and Collected publications. Note that although many items were removed from their original bindings for preservation, they remain in the order in which they came. Additionally, the majority of items are reproductions of original materials.

Academic materials contains materials from Schele’s student career as well as her faculty position at the University of Texas at Austin. Within are class notes from a course Schele took with Floyd G. Lounsbury, a course packet for Maya Pottery Painting, taught by Schele, correspondence, and dissertation drafts that Schele was sent by students.

Papers by Linda Schele contains one bound collection of papers written by Linda Schele on Mayan hieroglyphics and culture.

Magazines and journals contains articles on Mayan studies, articles written by or about Linda Schele, and coverage of Schele’s co-curated exhibition and catalog of Maya art, "The Blood of Kings: A New Interpretation of Maya Art."

Collected publications is the majority of the collection and contains resources, research materials, and articles Schele kept in her personal library. These materials have been separated into five subseries based on topics covered. The ethnology subseries contains articles on ethnohistory as well as bound items that contain items that cover multiple content subjects. The astronomy subseries contains articles on Mayan astronomy as well as general astronomy resources and planispheres. The art, glyphs, and architecture subseries contains Mayan hieroglyphics studies, site surveys, and illustrations and photographs of Mayan artwork. Additionally, the subseries contains papers pertaining to one of Schele’s notable research partners, Peter Matthews. The linguistics papers subseries contains articles on Mayan grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, and additionally three volumes of the International Journal of American Linguistics. Lastly, the dictionaries, codices, vocabularies subseries contains comparative dictionaries in the languages of the Kaqchikel, Poqomchi', K'iche, Ch'orti', Tzeltal, Ch'ol, Jakaltek, Chuj, Nahua, and Totonac peoples.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Schele, Linda
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin
Subjects
Inscriptions, Mayan
Mayan languages
Ethnology
Places
Palenque Site (Mexico)

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Related Material

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History's collection A Guide to the UT KUT Longhorn Radio Network Records contains a radio program featuring Linda Schele.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Linda Schele Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donation.

Accession numbers: 2000-17

Processing Information

Collection processed by Rodrigo Leal, Special Collections GRA, December 2018.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.

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Box and Folder Inventory

Academic materials, 1975-1998

Box Folder
1 1 Lounsbury class notes, 1975-1976
2 Lounsbury class notes, 1976-1977
3 UT course packet: ARH 390 - Maya Pottery Painting, circa 1990
4-5 Heather Orr - Spiral bound xerox of the figures in her dissertation, sent to Schele, circa 1996
6 Correspondence from Megan Biesele to Linda Schele, 1998 February 16
7 “The Development of Political Rhetoric at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico” draft by Ruth Krochock, 1998 March 8
Box Folder
2 1 Dissertation draft by Calker, undated

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Papers by Linda Schele, 1974-1979

Box Folder
2 2-3 Articles by Linda Schele, 1974-1979, undated

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Magazines and journals 1963-1998

Box Folder
2 4 1963 Fall-1986 May
5 1986 May-1986 May/June
Box Folder
3 1 1986 May/June-1991 April
2 1991 September-1991 November
3 1991 November-1991 December
4 1993 July-1995 February
5 1995 April-1996
Box Folder
4 1 1995 April-1998

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Collected publications, 1837-1998

Box
4 Ethnology, 1904-1998
2 Bound ethnology articles, codices, dictionaries, 1904, 1942-1954
3-4 Bound articles by J. Eric S. Thompson, 1934-1959, undated
5 Bound book of articles: ethnology, 1940-1983
6 Bound articles by Robert L. Rands, 1953, 1977
7 Bound articles on Mayan Mythology and Culture, 1965-1978
Box Folder
5 1 Bound articles by David H. Kelley, 1961-1980
2 Bound articles on Mayan mythology and culture, 1965-1978
3 "Chahula (Tzoltzil Proverbs; Neither Fish nor Fowl," by Gary H Gossen, 1971
4-5 Bound articles on Mayan gods, maps, Chuj animal names, Tojolbal vocabulary, and Chilam Balam texts, 1980
6-7 "Period ending Regalia of Late classic Maya Rulership" by Martin Diedrich, 1983 June
8 (Part 1 of 2) Dissertation by John M.D. Pohl, UCLA, circa 1990
Box Folder
6 1 (Part 2 of 2) Dissertation by John M.D. Pohl, UCLA, circa 1990
2 From Archaeology: "A Mighty Maya Nation" by Arlen F. Chase and Diane Z. Chase, 1996
Astronomy, 1942-1996
3 Bound articles: Astronomy-Arithmetic, articles by J. Eric S. Thompson, Charles H. Smiley, and Herbert Joseph Spinden, 1942-1960
4 Norton’s Star Atlas and Telescopic Handbook by Arthur P. Norton and J. Gall Inglis, 1959
5 Two planispheres, 1977, 1982
6 “Lunar Eclipses Visible at Tikal, -1014 to +2038” and “Solar Eclipses Visible at Tikal, -1014 to +2038” by Manfred Kudlek, 1978 December 14
7 Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon, and Planets by Jean Meeus, 1983
8 Nightwatch, An Equinox Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickinson, 1983
9 Mirroring the Sky: A Postclassic Quiche-Maya Cosmology by Jose A. Fernandez Valbuena, 1996
Box
7 Art, glyphs, and architecture, 1923-1992, undated
1 Articles, excerpts, and maps on el Templo de las Inscripciones, 1923-1949
2 Articles on the palace of Palenque, 1929-1976
3 Articles by Heinrich Berlin and Miguel Angel Fernandez, 1944-1973
Box Folder
8 1 Articles by Heinrich Berlin and Miguel Angel Fernandez, 1954-1970
2 Arqvitectvra Prehispanica by Ignacio Marqvina, 1951
3 Bound book: Articles on Maya Hieroglyphic Writing by George H. Taack, Y. V. Knorozov, and David H. Kelley, 1958-1976
Box Folder
9 1 Articles by Barthel and Dütting on emblems, glyphs, 1968-1976
2 Articles on Mayan art by Dutting, Berger, Stone, and Faught, 1970
3 Bound book: Articles on glyphs by Joyce Marcus, Gary W. Pahl, and Jon Erik Simpson, 1973-1976, undated
4 Architectural Survey at Palenque - 1974 by George Andrews, addressed to Linda Schele, circa 1970s
5-6 Bound papers relating to Peter Matthews, 1976 November 30-1980 January 8
Box Folder
10 1 Warefare and aggression in Pre-Colombian Andean art: an analytical study by Lorraine Elizabeth Briggs, 1982
2 “Some thoughts and work-in-progress Summer ‘91” by Simon Martin, circa 1991
3 “A Monolith from Teopantecuanitlan, A New Omec Site in Guerrero” by F. Kent Reilly, III, 1985 March
4-5 Photographs of Mayan artwork by Justin Kerr, 1989-1992
6 Danzantes: bound illustrations, undated
Box Folder
11 1 Dibujos de Carlos A Villacorta en la Biblioteca Nacional de París y la Biblioteca de Dresden, Alemania, and photos, undated
2 Dibujos de Carlos A Villacorta en el Museo Arqueológico Nacional de Madrid, undated
Linguistics papers, 1960-1996, undated
3 Articles and Dictionaries on Mayan Languages, 1960-1978
4 “The origins and differentiation of the maya as inferred from the comparative study of maya languages Part I” by Norman A. McQuown, 1962
5 “Phoneticism in the Maya Script” by David H. Kelley, 1962
6 A Grammar of Yucatec Maya by George E. Stuart, 1965
7 Papers by Terrence Kaufman, 1968, undated
8 (Part 1 of 2) Papers on Mayan vocabulary, translated Mayan tales, ethnohistory research, 1970-1979, undated
Box Folder
12 1 (Part 2 of 2) Papers on Mayan vocabulary, translated Mayan tales, ethnohistory research, 1970-1979, undated
2 Three volumes of the International Journal of American Linguistics, 1973-1979
3 Mayan Vocabulary Survey by Terrence Kaufman, 1978
4 An Outline of Proto-Cholan, Phonology, Morphology, and Vocabulary by Terrence Kaufman and William Norman, 1978
5 Bound papers on Mayan linguistics, 1978-1979
6 “Syllable and script: a typological study” by John S. Justeson and Laurence D. Stephens, 1980
7 “Chol Ritual Language - A Research Report to the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.” by J. Kathryn Josserand and Nicholas A. Hopkins, 1996 January
8 “Informe sobre el Tzeltal del Sur” por Terry Kaufman, undated
Box Folder
13 1 Thesis by John Justeson on Lexical diffusion in Mesoamerica, undated
Dictionaries, codices, vocabularies, 1837-1980, undated
2 Dictionary Cakchiquel - Colonial: Vocabulario en lengua castellana y guatemalteca que se llama Cakchiquel, 1837
3 Diccionario Pokomchi-Castellano y Castellano-Pokomchi de San Cristobal Cahcoh, 1875 February 24
4 Vocabulario en Lengua Quiché by Fr. Domingo de Basseta, 1921
5 Vocabulario de la Lengua Totonaca Según el manuscrito no.925, hecha por Rudolf Schuller, 1926 August
6 Bound papers: Vocabularios comparativos Tzeltal by Schuller and Maya plant names and correspondence by Ralph L. Roys, undated, 1926-1928
7-8 Vocabulario del Idioma Cakchiquel, traducido al Español by Fernando Colop D. 1927
Box Folder
14 1 From Peter Keeler to Schele, Chuy vocabulario survey, 1949 November 25
2-4 Chorti dictionary by Charles Wisdom, circa 1950
5 Chorti-English Dictionary by Charles Wisdom, circa 1950
6 (Part 1 of 2) Chorti Dictionary part two by Charles Wisdom, circa 1950
Box Folder
15 1 (Part 2 of 2) Chorti Dictionary part two by Charles Wisdom, circa 1950
2-4 Bound Tzeltal dictionaries: Spanish-Tzeltal, Tzeltal-Spanish, monosyllabic,Tzeltal de Tenejapa, 1961-1962, undated
5-7 Dictionaries and works on the Chuj language by Nicholas Arthur Hopkins, 1967-1978
Box Folder
16 1 Un Diccionario de Jacalteco by Christopher Day, circa 1971
2-3 A Morphosyntactic Root Dictionary of Yucatec Maya by Michael G. Owen, 1971
4-5 Tumbala Chol Dictionary Sorted Backwards, 1980
6 Chol Vocabulary by J. J. Attinasi, undated
7 “Arte y Vocabulario en Lengua Mame” by Fray Diego de Reynosa, undated
Box Folder
17 1-2 Vocabulario de la lengua Tzeltal segun el orden de Copanabastla by Ara/Guzman (copy 1), undated
3-5 Vocabulario de la lengua Tzeltal segun el orden de Copanabastla by Ara/Guzman (copy 2), undated
6 Nahatl notes by Gordon Whitaker, undated
7-8 Comparative vocabulary: Mayan-English-Spanish, undated
Box Folder
18 1-2 Motul Sp-Maya (Lounsbury) - Vocabulario en la Lengua de Maya, undated
3-4 Vocabulario de la lengua Cakchiquel, con advertencia de los vocablos de las lenguas quiché y tzutohil, se trasladó de la obra compuesta por el ilmo Padre el venerable Fr. Domingo de Vico, undated
5-6 Kekchi-German dictionary by Wirsing, undated
Box Folder
19 1 Kekchi-German dictionary by Wirsing, undated
2-4 German-Kekchi dictionary by Wirsing, undated

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