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Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco Reproduction

Identifier: PICT-000-049

Scope and Content

"Conversion of Indians to Christianity" Postcard taken from watercolor copy of the Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco.

This collection contains badly faded reproductions of Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco, a seventeenth-century Mexican codex. Also called Codex Campos.


  • 1890-1920


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


The Mapa tells the story of an Indian cacique named Tepoztecatzin and his experiences during the Conquest of Mexico including the introduction of Christianity to his village. The original Mapa, consisting of 44 oil paintings of European paper, each 30 x 40 cm., was discovered in 1836 by the Padre D. José Vicente Campos. In 1855, he had them pasted on cotton sheeting and mounted in two woooden frames to save them from decay. Adolph F. Bandelier saw them briefly in 1881, and Frederick Starr, who visited the pueblo in 1895, photographed each frame. Returning in 1898 to take better pictures Starr found that part of one frame had unfortunately been destroyed by fireworks. Starr described one of the stretchers as having 27 painted scenes (with 29 numbered Náhuatl texts) in 3 horizontal rows; the second had 17 paintings (111 of which were variants of ones in the first frame) in 2 horizontal rows with the odd one set crosswise at the right-hand end. A Spanish translation by Padre Campos assisted by townspeople in 1855-1856 was written on the border of the pictures on paper pasted on the canvas.


43 items (1 folder) : 43 photographic prints

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


This collection contains faded reproductions of Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections box 1. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Paul Van de Velde Papers.

Processing Information

This collection was previously called, Paul Van de Velde Photographs.
Finding Aid of the Mapa de Cuauhtlantzinco Reproduction, 1890-1920
Pictorial Collections Staff
© 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131