Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Fernandez Nodal mss., 16th cent.-1883, are the papers of Jose Fernandez Nodal, a Peruvian scholar born in 1822. Among the papers are notes for his Elementos De gramatica quichua, first published in Cuzco, Peru, in 1860; notes and early drafts for his book Los Yncas del Imperio Tahuantinsuyo, published in 1874. The collection contains notes and drafts of Kechua and Aymara dictionaries, an Aymara grammar, a history of the independence of Peru and the insurrection of Tupac-Amaru, a study of music, and a study of minerals. Present are studies of verse and many pieces of poetry, some of which Fernandez Nodal authored but the majority of which are copies of the writings of other Latin American and Spanish poets. There is a small amount of correspondence, chiefly about his publications and other scholarly activities, and a few personal documents such as baptismal certificate, army discharge papers, and passports. In the correspondence there are also copies of a sixteenth century Francisco de Toledo letter and an 1824 letter of Simon Bolivar.

The correspondents in the collection are Simon Bolivar; Jose Fernandez Nodal; Francisco Ibanez; Clorinda Matto de Turner; Gabriel Mitterstiller; Johann Schotter; Francisco de Toledo; Trubner, firm, publishers, London; Juan Gualberto Valdivia; and Francois Xavier Wuerth-Pacquet.

Collection size: 980 items

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