ResponsibilitesThe Curator of Special Collections is responsible for the organization, cataloging, preservation, and access to the LAL’s rare books, manuscripts, photograph, maps, and ephemeral materials. She also coordinates digitization projects and assists with collection development, reference duties, public engagement, exhibitions, and long-term planning for preservation and access to the collections.
In addition to my daily curatorial duties, I am regularly involved with several professional organizations including SALALM, the Society for American Archaeologists, and the Society for American Archivists. A few of my more recent projects at the Latin American Library include the ongoing digitization of Special Collections materials to build our digital collections in the Tulane Digital Library, a pilot project to convert our collection of Cuban-American radionovelas to digital, and ongoing work to put our Special Collections finding aids and inventories on-line via an ArchiveSpace database.
Information about my ongoing archaeological research and professional activities can be found on my homepage at tulane.academia.edu/ChristineHernandez/About.
Recent Publications as of 2015:
n.d. (with Dan M. Healan) Migration and the Coyotlatelco Ceramic Tradition: Evidence from the El Bajío. In Migrations in Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Mesoamerica, edited by Christopher Beekman and William Fowler. University of Colorado Press, Boulder. In press.
n.d. Ceramic Evidence of Teotihuacan Contact Linking the Basin of Mexico, the El Bajío, and Southern Hidalgo. In Cultural Dynamics and Production Activities in Ancient Western Mexico, edited by Eduardo Williams and Blanca Maldonado. British Archaeological Reports International Series, Oxford, UK. In press.
n.d. Settling the Ucareo Valley: Early Classic Relationships Between Northeastern Michoacán, Mexico and the Eastern El Bajío. In City, Craft, and Residence in Mesoamerica: Research papers in honor of Dan M. Healan, edited by Ronald K. Faulseit, Nezahualcoyotl Xiuhtecuhtli, and Haley Holt Mehta. The Middle American Research Institute, New Orleans, LA. In press.
Professional InterestsI 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 colleague, Dr. Gabrielle Vail, and I maintain an on-line database for the four Maya codices (www.mayacodices.org).