Rodolfo R. Schuller Papers,ca. 1925-1932.

Collection Number: 9172

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, ca. 1925-1932.
Collection Number:
9172
Creator:
Rodolfo R., Schuller 1873-1932.
Quantity:
6 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Manuscripts, Photographs, Printed Materials, Publications
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Vocabulary collection on Central and South American languages. Includes correspondence between Schuller and other members of the Museum of the Native American regarding the collection. Five boxes of 3x5 index cards with vocabulary items noted along with bibliographic source or notations in other languages. Six boxes boxes of half sheets with vocabulary items, words, definition, and pronunciation, organized by "root" or what appears to be subject in some cases. A note from Schuller says that this is a comparative dictionary of Maya Quiche and Carib-Aruak containing 40,000 words of all known dialects. Two boxes of manuscripts, notes for publications, and other vocabularies. Includes comparative vocabularies, grammar information, phonetic transcriptions, and glossaries of Mayan and Cholti languages. Published items including dictionaries and texts regarding Central American languages, some in Spanish. Index included in Box L.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Rodolfo or Rudolph, Schuller was a linguist who studied Mexican, Central and Southern American Indians. He served on the faculty of the National University in Mexico City. A large collection of his ethnological studies and photographs were acquired by Tulane University, in the 1920s shortly after Schuller moved to New Orleans. The papers are held in their Latin American Library.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Vocabulary collection on Central and South American languages. Includes correspondence between Schuller and other members of the Museum of the Native American regarding the collection. Five boxes of 3x5 index cards with vocabulary items noted along with bibliographic source or notations in other languages. Six boxes boxes of half sheets with vocabulary items, words, definition, and pronunciation, organized by "root" or what appears to be subject in some cases. A note from Schuller says that this is a comparative dictionary of Maya Quiche and Carib-Aruak containing 40,000 words of all known dialects. Two boxes of manuscripts, notes for publications, and other vocabularies. Includes comparative vocabularies, grammar information, phonetic transcriptions, and glossaries of Mayan and Cholti languages. Published items including dictionaries and texts regarding Central American languages, some in Spanish. Index included in Box L.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Schuller, Rodolfo R.,1873-1932.
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956.
La Farge, Oliver
McDougall, Elsie.
Tozzer, Alfred M.(Alfred Marston), 1877-1954.
Huntington Free Library.

Titles:
Popol vuh.

Subjects:
Indians of North America.
Indians of Mexico.
Indians of Mexico--Languages.
Indians of Central America.
Indians of Central America--Languages.
Indians of Central America--Dictionaries.
Indians of the West Indies.
Indians of the West Indies--Languages.
Indians of South America.
Arawak Indians.
Arawak language.
Arhuaco Indians.
Carib Indians.
Carib language.
Chol Indians.
Chol language.
Ica language.
Linguistics.
Matlatzinca Indians.
Matlatzinca language.
Mayas.
Mayan languages.
Totonac Indians.
Totonac language.
Quiché Indians.
Quiché language.
Xinca Indians.
Xinca language.

Places:
Caldas (Colombia : Dept.)
Central America
Columbia.
Giatemala.
Latin America--History.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, #9172. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Vocabulary organized by root
Boxes 10A-F
Series II. Vocabulary cards with bibliographic information
Boxes 10G-K
Series III. Papers and Correspondence
Boxes 10L-M
Series IV. Printed Material
Boxes 10M

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Folder titles of the vocabulary are not all inclusive and are copied directly without verification of their contents. Due to poor handwriting on the folders there may be errors in spelling. Folder titles are made up of a "root" and contain words using that "root", followed by English definitions. There seems to be no order at all in any of the vocabularies and the folder titles have vague relationships to their contents. Presuming original order of the material has been maintained this would appear to be a naming and ordering system that only Schuller understood.
Box 10A
Vus-kus, round-full, Vo-Kua
Box 10A
Mul-pul, to congregate round
Box 10A
Ul-ol-ur-or-il, ir-el-er
Box 10A
Ub-up-pup-uba, hollow, round, blowing
Box 10A
Up-op-pop, to congregate
Box 10A
Mu-pu-po, celestial bodies
Box 10A
Pu-po, celestial body
Box 10B
Ama, ma, vua, maize and related ideas
Box 10B
Ong-ung-eng-kung, etc, hollow-round
Box 10B
Ib-ip, force, strength
Box 10B
Is, to see, sight, eagle, bird, and so forth
Box 10B
Ui-vui-hui
Box 10B
Pa-pam-ap-apa
Box 10B
Ek, black, cold, and related ideas
Box 10B
Eu, teu cold; ras, fresh green etc.
Box 10B
Co-tsu-su, might, black, cold
Box 10B
Lum, earth and related ideas
Box 10B
Ku-kuk-kok, recipient
Box 10B
Different Animals
Box 10B
Ka-ca-koi-cai-tsa-ka, tsa ta, sa, fish and so on
Box 10C
Bibliography
Box 10C
Tan, ak, kat, hol, fire and related ideas
Box 10C
Kui, tree, hui fruits, flower, mountain, Maya
Box 10C
Ki-si-ci-tsi, hot, sun, fire, tree, forest, etc.
Box 10C
Ok-uk, us, is, to drink, throat, recipient
Box 10C
Uh-ux-uk, to drink, smoke, breatje, to kiss and so on
Box 10C
Su-tsu-cu-tsi
Box 10D
Tel, ter
Box 10D
Ethnography: dress
Box 10D
mats, serpent, snake
Box 10D
to, so, dug
Box 10D
pek, s-pek, toad, frog, tortoise
Box 10D
ala, sala, snake serpent
Box 10D
koi-sui, rabbit, hare
Box 10D
Uk-um, dove
Box 10D
Pets, etc., duck, goose, zanate
Box 10D
am, spider
Box 10D
xex, fly, mosquito
Box 10D
cic, iron
Box 10D
ma, negative
Box 10D
Mem, mo, dumb, stupid, silly
Box 10D
Aur, corn, nose
Box 10D
Cil, hair, beard
Box 10D
Ti, meat, eat, mouth
Box 10D
Pathology, sickness and so on
Box 10D
ia, ya, was, quas, iya, water
Box 10D
Lem, thunder, thunderbolt, flash, etc.
Box 10D
Hen-mem, flash of
Box 10D
Kap-kop, word, language
Box 10D
Garrot
Box 10D
Ik-uk-sik-suk, wing, point, top
Box 10D
Ni, nose, point
Box 10D
Mai, tobacco
Box 10D
Gi, blood, sap, juice, sweat
Box 10D
Ki-kik-ik-ic, blood
Box 10D
Ut-tut-ot-tot
Box 10D
Kot ko akat, dance, drum, mask
Box 10D
Ma, celestial bodies
Box 10D
Thunder, lightning, rain, storm, and related ideas
Box 10D
At, ata, had, hot, sun, tree, wood, house
Box 10E
Different Maya Kice
Box 10E
Differnt Karib Arawak
Box 10E
Plants
Box 10E
Family and Affinity
Box 10E
Tir-Ter
Box 10E
BLV
Box 10E
Al
Box 10E
Al, recipient
Box 10E
Bi-pe-be-pi, bin-pin-bu-bo
Box 10F
San Jose
Box 10F
Im-imu, mu-mu-ru
Box 10F
Tir, Ter
Box 10F
Ka-ch-tsa-sa, Ke-ki, stone, bone, hard, etc., ak-hag, xak, ok, uk, ek, ik
Box 10F
Ak, stone
Box 10F
Ca-sa, stone, hard, bone, tooth, and so on
Box 10F
Ka, stone, bone, hard
Box 10F
Sa, stone, tooth, earth, bone, hard
Box 10F
Ca, stone, bone, hard
Box 10F
Bak-pak, hard, bone, puak-poka
Box 10F
Tsa-tsap-tso-tsop-tsu
Box 10F
pac, pok, pox, po, stone, bone, hard, mud, etc.
Box 10F
Ot-oc-ots, bone, hard, stone, etc.
Box 10F
Ots-ok to enter
Box 10F
Ko, co, stone, bone, hard
Box 10F
Ok-uk, ots, oc, stone, bone, hard, etc.
Box 10F
E, te, ek,ok, ce-ke, et, tet, it, cen-ken, gen, stone, tooth, earth, hard, bone, cave
Box 10F
En, tsen, kill, mountain
Box 10F
To, tu, stone
Box 10F
Tun, ton, tu, stone
Box 10F
Yu-ub, huy-ub
Box 10F
Ka-ak-aka-aga, ca, akal, agal, sa, akua, gua, tsa, kua, gua
Box 10F
Ko, ok, ku, tso, ots, uk, yo, kuk, xu, so, su, to, tu
Box 10F
Ku-uk, up
Box 10F
Ke, to, ye-he, ki, ti, yi
Box 10F
Te
Box 10F
Ap-tap-lak
Box 10F
Ta-tan
Box 10F
Guatuso The making pottery
Box 10G-10K
3x5 cards of vocabulary, subject, and names. Divided into unlabeled sections with no apparent or decipherable order.
Box 10L Folder 1
Index, printed guides, calendars for the collection. Provenance information.
Box 10L Folder 1
Lists of materials offered for sale by Schuller; correspondence between Schuller and Hodge re the acquisition of the collection, etc.
Box 10L Folder 1.1
Biographic info and old index.
Includes photos of Schuller.
Box 10L Folder 1.2
Microfilm sequence index
Box 10L Folder 2, 2.1
About 5,000 words taken from each one of the known Maya-K'ice (Quiche) languages. A semantic study of different archaic Maya- K'ice forms.
434 large sheets. A few have notes on versos, a few inserted small sheets.
Box 10L Folder 3
Maya-K'ice elements in a series of Karib-Aruak (Arawak) languages, embracing the archaic forms in all known Maya-K'ice tongues.
138 large sheets.
Box 10L Folder 4
Comparative Maya-K'ice glossary.
152 sheets. Materials taken from Stoll, Rockstroh, Sapper, and so forth, each sheet dedicated to a particular word (man, woman, etc.) with definitions for 1-22A [languages?] on each sheet.
Box 10L Folder 5
Spanish-Totonaca glossary
77 sheets, unpublished. Compiled from a manuscript in the possession of Tulane University.
Box 10L Folder 5
Extract of the Doctrina Christiana in the Mexican Indian language
9 sheets, at the end of the above Spaish-Totonaca glossary. Annotated by R. Schuller.
Box 10L Folder 6
Maya-K'ice studies, mostly a linguistic comparison of Maya-K'ice forms with the respect.
96 large sheets. Includes: Archaic roots Mixe-Ayook (Balimar) p.1-8. Maya-K'ice studies: Sexual parts p.9-11; U1- atole, and related ideas p.12-13; Roots: Ac-aci, etc. p.14-23; Vocabulary from Steinen, Leipzig 1892 p.24-28; Roots: Kua, etc. p.29-49; Extracts from Steinen, Greenberg p.50-59; Extracts from the Motul Maya dictionary (ms, Peabody Museum, Harvard) p. 60-78; Extracts from "Brebe Noticia de 10s vocablos mas usuales de la lengua Kakchiquel," Peabody Museum ms. p.79-96.
Box 10L Folder 7
A study of the linguistic map of Hondorus, C.A., according to Indian geographical nomenclature.
187 sheets, containing several thousand Indian place names. Materials gathered by R. Schuller in 1927 which were to be published to show the geographical distribution of the different Indian languages of Honduras.
Box 10L Folder 7.1, 7.2
Extracts made from Membreño, Alberto. Nombres Geográficos Indigenas de la República de Honduras. 1901. 26p.
Box 10L Folder 7.3
Guia de Agrimensores o sea Recopilacion de Leyes Agrarias. Por Antonio Vallejo. Tegucigalpa. Tipografia Nacional. Avenida Cervantes Número 42. 1911.
Box 10L Folder 8
Maya K'ice. Lenca-Karib-Arawak
43 sheets
Box 10L Folder 8.1
Maya-K'ice elements in Zoque-Mixe taken from Lenguas Indigenas de Centro America by Ferraz y Fernandez Guardia
19 sheets
Box 10L Folder 8.2
Mam glossary taken from Arte y Vocabulario de la lengua Mame by Father Diego de Reynoso
21 sheets with annotations.
Box 10L Folder 8.3
Additions to Stoll's Aguacateca glossary
7 sheets
Box 10L Folder 8.4
Comparative Vocabularies of different Maya-K'ice Dialects
9 sheets. Four languages, Aguacateca, Mam, Jacalteca, Cuxe.
Box 10L Folder 9
Extracts of Stoll's Ixil tract, a Maya-K'ice language
61 sheets with annotations by Schuller.
Box 10L Folder 9.1
Contribucción a1 Estudio de Las Lenguas Aborigines de El Salvador. (Especialmente de la antigua Provincia de Chaparrastique-San Miguel), por Rudolf Schuller.
54 sheets.
Box 10L Folder 10
Pipil poetry and a short vocabulary from El Salvador, C.A.
Obtained from an Indian of Izalco, 1925.
Box 10L Folder 11
Facsimile of the Pineda Map of America, 1519.
From Navarrete "Coleccion de Documentos". Madrid.
Box 10L Folder 12
On the value of the Spanish money (coins) and weight of the earlier part of the 16th century.
Notebook titled Medidas Pesos Moneda with inserts. Compiled by R. Schuller according the most reliable sources of information.
Box 10L Folder 12
Correspondenz über den Historiographen Ulrich Schmiedel.
Letters, unpubl., on the historian Ulrich Schmiedel between R. Schuller and Dr. Mondschein of Straubing, the birthplace of that famous chronicler of the first and the most important Spanish settlement in the countries of River Platte, (1535-1555.)
Box 10L Folder 14
Notes on Uspanteca (Pokonchi dialect) of Guatemala.
43 sheets
Box 10L Folder 14.1
Notes on the Tzotzil language of Chiapas.
According to Jose Maria Sanchez, 1895 and others, 21 sheets.
Box 10L Folder 14.2
Notes on the linguistic map of El Salvador, C.A.
Box 10L Folder 14.3
Notes mostly geographical , or place-names of Indian origin.
Unpublished, 10 large sheets.
Box 10L Folder 14.4
Extracts from Father Beltrán, Maya grammar.
1859 (2nd edition) with notes by R. Sch. 40 sheets.
Box 10L Folder 15
Extract from a very short Trique glossary, with place names in Mexican and in Trique (native tongue of Oaxaca).
Box 10L Folder 16
Modo deaprender la lengua Ixil.
Copy of an unpubl. ms. fragment dealing with the Ixil language, a Maya- K'ice dialect of Guatemala, C.A. 10 sheets with notes by R. Sch.
Box 10L Folder 17
Folklore: Native poetry of South America including Bolivia.
148 sheets collected during many years in South America partly from very scarce broad-sides, and partly from mss. sources.
Box 10L Folder 18-18.5
Grammar and vocabulary 1685-1695 from Moran, Francisco. Art en lengua Ch'olti, 1695.
Annotated copy of ms. in Gates collection , Tulane University . Also included: parts of the human body; Indian community, family and so forth; ethnography; nature; adjective attributive; verbs; participles; colours.
Box 10L Folder 19
29 negatives of the famous collection of gold objects from burial-places in Caldas, the Quimbaya region of Central Colombia, S.A.
Box 10L Folder 20
13 Maps of different Middle American republics, from Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen.
Maps are folded and are large. Maps by Dr. Carl Sapper.
Box 10L Folder 21
Unpublished Barbacoa glossary.
Taken by R. Sch. at Popayan, Southern Colombia, S.A.
Box 10L Folder 21
Place names of southern Colombia, all of Indian origin, elements for a linguistic chart of that section of Colombia.
Box 10L Folder 21
Geographical names, mostly of the Choco languages of central and western Colombia.
Box 10L Folder 21
A Choco glossary
From a scarce printed book by Uribe
Box 10L Folder 21
List of place names of Indian origin of northern Colombia, Cartagena.
Box 10L Folder 22
Notes on the relationship of the Xinca language of Guatemala to Maya-K'ice.
Unpublished linguistic comparisons, with notes which the author intended to publish but left unfinished.
Box 10L Folder 23
An unpublished account made in Latin by the Jesuit Father Sanmartoni (Szehtmartony)
A Hungarian, former astronomer of the Indians of the Jesuit Missions on the Upper Amazon and its tributaries. XVIII century. Original preserved at the National Library, Rio de Janeiro. See Catalogo da Exposigao Brazileira.
Box 10L Folder 24
Notes on entirely unknown Indian languages of Ecuador, S.A.
Gathered by R. Schuller, from "Relaciones Geograficas."
Box 10L Folder 25
Catalina II, the Empress of Russia, and her relations to American linguistics.
Notes on a very scarcely known document.
Box 10L Folder 26
On the Motilon Indians, of Western Venezuela.
Unpublished ms. copies by R. Schuller (1910) in the Deposito Hidrografico, Madrid.
Box 10L Folder 27
Relacion del Alto Orinoco.
Unpublished ms. from the Munoz Collection, Madrid. Copied by R. Schuller. 1910.
Box 10L Folder 28
Fragment of Betoye Glossary.
Unknown if this was published. 5 sheets (Segue o vocabulario do Rio Putumayo).
Box 10L Folder 29
Fragment of Karth Glossary from Upper Orinoco.
Unpublished ms. copied by R. Schuller, 1910, Madrid. (Idioma Carihe de Cuando estuve en el Orinoco).
Box 10M Folder 30-30.10
Copy of a Matlatzinca vocabulary
From the handwritten annotations in Vocabulario en lengua Castelland y Mexicans, 1555 by Alonso de Molina. 1544 sheets.
Box 10M Folder 31
Photostat of mss. "A List of the Native Languages of the Latin American Countries,"
Compiled by Dr. Rudolph R. Schuller.
Box 10M Folder 32
A list of the Native Languages of the Latin American Countries.
Typescript compiled by Dr. Rudolph R. Schuller. Includes correspondence from T. Franklin Currier of Harvard College Library.
Box 10M Folder 45
Misc. correspondence and newspaper clippings.
Includes letters from A. Breton, 1912, 1913, 1914. List of folio contents of ms J. 92 in Biblioteca National and letters from staff members there. List of contents of folios of unidentified ms. from Ville de Besançon, Bibliothéque Publique made by George Gazier, conservateur and letters from staff there. News clippings about Schuller.
Folders with reprints of Schuller's scientific papers and others, partially annotated by Schuller
Box 10M Folder 33
Repertorio Americano vol. 16, no. 22
1928
Box 10M Folder 33
Repertorio Americano vol. 17, no. 3
1928
Box 10M Folder 33
El Maestro vol. 1, nos. 5 and 6.
"La posicion etnologica de los indios de Talamanca, Costa Rica, C. A, por Rodolfo Schuller"
Box 10M Folder 33
Buschmann, J. C. E.
One typed sheet of titles by this author.
Box 10M Folder 33
Anales del Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Historia y Etnografia vol. 1, no. 2.
1925
"La lengua Chinanteca del estado Oaxaca, por Rudolf Schuller."
Box 10M Folder 33
Schuller Rudolf Revista Americana vol. 1, no. 9.
1910
"Um livro americano unico."
Box 10M Folder 33
Lehmann, Walter Revista Americana
1909
"Problemas Americanistas"
Box 10M Folder 33
Schuller, Rudolph Journal of American Folk-Lore vol. 28, no. 60
1915
"Native poetry of northern Brazil"
Box 10M Folder 33
Schuller, Rudolph Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 26, no. 52
1913
"Paraquay native poetry"
Box 10M Folder 33
Schuller, Rudolpho R. Boletim do Museu Goeldi, vol. 6
1906
"A Couvade"
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Schuller, Rudolfo R, Revista de Archivas, Bibliotecas y Museos
1912
"Linguistica Americana: notas Bibliograficas" with correspondence.
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Schuller, Rudolph Archivos del Folklore Cubano, vol. 4, no. 2
1929
"El huracán; dios de la tormenta, y el Popol-Vuh"
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Schuller, Rudolph Anales Universitarios, vol. 1, no. 4
1928
"La organizatión de la familia de los pueblos mas primitives."
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Casanova, P. González Anales del Museo Nacional de Arguelogia, Historia y Etnografias, vol. 1, no. 5
1928
"Los idiomas popolocas."
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Fernandez, Miguel Angel Monumentos Arquelogicos, vol. 1
1925
"El juego de pelota de Chichen-Itza, Yucatan."
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Casanova, P. González Anales del Museo Nacional de Arquelogia, Historia, y Etnografia, vol. 1, no. 1
1925
"Nota sobre la lengua Chinanteca."
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Department of Middle American Research of the Tulane University of Louisiana Its Activites and Its Aims
September 1928
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Schuller, Rudolph American Anthropologist, vol. 29, no. 2
1927
"The native country of the Maya-K'ice Indians"
Box 10M Folder 33.1
American Anthropologist, vol. 18, no. 4 Discussion and correspondence
1916
"Discovery of New Materials of the Moseten Idiom"
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Anthropos: Revue Internationale d 'Ethnologie et de Linguistique, vol . 7, no. 6
1912
Pages 987-1018.
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Anthropos: Revue Internationale d 'Ethnologie et de Linguistique, vol. 8, nos. 2 and 3
1913
Pages 365-396.
Box 10M Folder 33.1
Anales Universitarios, vol. 1, no. 5
Just the cover.
Box 10M Folder 33.2
Bibliography sheets attributed to Schuller
Cards and typed half sheets. Half sheets cover 1904-1931 with entries of his publications arranged chronologically.
Box 10M Folder 34
Seven extracts from newspapers.
Box 10M Folder 35
Photostats of title pages of manuscripts relating to Matlatzinca language
Copied from the original in the John Carter Brown Library.
Box 10M Folder 36
Schuller, Rudolph The Oldest Known Illustration of South American Indians
Reprint from Indian Notes, vol . 7, no. 4, 1930. Associated letter from C. Wilberforce Eames, 12/14/30.
Box 10M Folder 37
Morley, Sylvanus Griswold Congrés des Américanists, compte-rendu de la 21st session
1925
"The earliest Mayan dates." Published by the Göteborg Museum. . Signed by Frans Blom.
Box 10M Folder 38
Palino, Celstino Vocabulario Totonaco
1907
Xalapa- Enriquez: Oficina tipografica del gobierno desestado.
Box 10M Folder 39
Revista del Archivo y de la Biblioteca Nacional de Honduras, vol. 3, nos. 2-16
1906-1907
"El Popol Vuh"
Box 10M Folder 40
Revista de etnología arquelogía, y lingüística, vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2
1925
Box 10M Folder 41
Drawings for proposed book plate.
Appear to be by Schuller for his own books.
Box 10M Folder 42
Schuller, Rodolfo R. Accerca del "Yslario General" de Alonzo de Santa Cruz"
Extracted from the 18th International Congress of Americanists. Marshall H. Saville Collection.
Box 10M Folder 43
A Nova Gazeta da Terra do Brasil (Newen Zeytunq auss Presillg Landt) e sua origem mais provavelu
1914
Published in Rio de Janeiro. Extr. do vol. 33 dos Annaes da Biblioteca Nacional. Includes a pasted in photograph of Schuller and annotations.
Box 10M Folder 44
Schuller, Rudolf R. Zur affinitát der Tapúya-Indianer des 'Theatrum Rerum Naturalium Brasiliae
1912