March 23, 2020

Analú López MLIS ’17, Indigenous studies librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, has been using her “down time” while sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to live stream videos about treasures from the Ayer American Indian and Indigenous Studies Collection.

In this video, created with her canine assistant, Roland, she discusses Cortes’s Map of Tenochtitlan (present-day Mexico City).

The Newberry has one of only two maps in color in the world. The map, created in October 1520 and published in Nuremberg, Germany in 1524, was the first image that Europeans had of Mexico City. Unfortunately, by the time the map was published, Tenochtitlan had been destroyed through Cortes’ war of conquest.

To download Analú's material directly from the digital collections website, please click here.