The Curator of Special Collections is responsible for the organization, cataloging, preservation, and access to the LAL’s rare books, manuscripts, photograph, and ephemeral materials. She also coordinates digitization projects and assists with collection development, reference duties, and long-term planning for preservation and access to the collections.
Degrees & Professional Certifications
Ph.D, Anthropology, Tulane University
MA, Anthropology, Tulane University
BA, Spanish and Anthropology, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Society for American Archaeologists
Register of Professional Archaeologists
In addition to my duties as Curator at the Latin American Library, I do research in Mesoamerican archaeology. My work has focused primarily on the prehistory of northeastern Michoacán including the El Bajío, Lerma River Valley, and northern Basin of Mexico regions. I also study pre-Columbian painted manuscripts ("codices") from the Maya area and highland Mexico which involves calendrical study, cultural astronomy, iconographic study, and epigraphy in both centers of civilization. I also have experience doing prehistoric archaeology in the Greater Southwest and historic archaeology in the New Orleans area.
My most recent projects of note include the completion of a book manuscript on the codices co-authored with Gabrielle Vail and we have all four Maya codices uploaded to our on-line database (http://www.mayacodices.org); David Dressing and I finished cataloging the Merle Greene Robertson Collection at the Latin American Library at Tulane and an on-line collection guide is available (http://lal.tulane.edu/collections/manuscripts/robertson_merle); finally, Dr. Dan Healan and I are currently working to complete chronometric dating for the Ucareo-Zinapécuaro Project.
My current project is to publish our first digital collection in the TUDL library by the Fall of 2012 and to begin a digitization of Mexican incunabula for the Primeros Libros digital initiative.