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Esther Pasztory papers

Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-Pasztory


Papers of Columbia University professor of Pre-Columbian art history Esther Pasztory, mostly related to her research and academic career which focused on Teotihuacan, and Aztec and Mayan art. Includes her unpublished manuscripts, lecture transcripts and audio and video tapes, seminar syllabi and notes, correspondence, remembrances of Professors Paul Wingert, Douglas Fraser, and Gordon Ekholm, reviews of her books, lecture transcripts and audio and videotapes. Pasztory came to the United States in 1956, and there are also letters from Hungary and a memoir.

Also includes transcriptions from 1987 lectures concerning Meso-American architecture; two video cassette tapes, one labeled "West by Nonwest #5" and the other "Worldwise - Guest: Esther Pasztory"; two notebooks from 1979 containing notes regarding regions in Mexico; programs for the May 17, 2013 symposium held in honor of Professor Pasztory; and various folders containing notes pertaining to topics such as Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs, Chichen, Xochicalco, Oaxaca, the Mayans, and Palenque. Also included in the collection are three boxes of Professor Pasztory's professional correspondence dated 1967-1985, her personal diary, 1974-2011, and other personal correspondence and school papers.


  • Creation: 1965-2013



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unprocessed and is available by appointment only. Please contact at least 5 business days in advance to request an appointment.

Conditions Governing Access

Personal journal to be closed until after the death of Pasztory and her husband, Richard Eaton.


16.5 Linear Feet (23 boxes and 5 record cartons)


3a 56 4-5


Esther Pasztory papers, 1965-2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States