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Codex Sierra

Identifier: AC 521-p

Scope and Content

Folder contains a copy of the Codex Sierra (64 pages plus front and back cover): Nicolas Leon, ed. Códice Sierra. Fragmento de una nomina de gastos del pueblo de Santa Catarina Texupan .... 1550 a 1564. Mexico City: Museo Nacional de Mexico, and Poulat Litografía, 1906. Front cover states "Julia Bourgeois Mexico 1912." Digital images of the codex can be viewed at Sierra Codex.


  • 1550-1564

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Information

The Codex Sierra was painted in the mid-16th century, in Santa Catarina Texupa in the Mixteca Baja region in Oaxaca. The codex is a ledger, listing important town expenditures during the years 1550-1564. Each page of the manuscript is marked with the corresponding year, and the expenditures (in pesos) are shown as hieroglyphs at the left. The descriptions of each item in European script are a mix of Spanish and Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec Empire.

The original manuscript is housed at the Biblioteca José María Lafragua, at the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico.


1 Folder

Language of Materials


Guide to the Codex Sierra, 1550-1564
Edited Full Draft
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
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Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
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