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Hispanic Heritage Month Lecture and Rare Document Display, Oct. 10

Into the Latin American Archive
Prof. Kathryn Burns

Monday, Oct. 10, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Reception | Main Lobby
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

A lecture and display of rare Latin American documents and books will mark Hispanic Heritage month on Oct. 10 in the Rare Book Collection of the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Kathryn Burns, professor of history at UNC, will discuss her recent book, Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru (Duke, 2010). Burns traces the practices of the Spanish American escribanos (notaries) and the official written records they produced to create vast colonial archives.

On view prior to the talk will be materials from the Rare Book Collection, including:

  • seventeenth- and eighteenth-century documents pertaining to Spanish territories in the Americas (Florida and Mexico);
  • an eighteenth-century slave appraisal from Colombia;
  • printed books about the New World from the Bernard Flatow collection of Latin American cronistas;
  • and a quipu, an Incan device of knotted threads used to record information.

The event is free and open to the public.

Burns’s work has been supported by fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Her previous book is Colonial Habits: Convents and the Spiritual Economy of Cuzco, Peru (Duke, 1999).

The event is sponsored by the Rare Book Collection and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

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