New Curator of Special Collections at Tulane

I am delighted to announce...

Dear Colleagues:
I am delighted to announce that, effective today, Christine Hernandez is the new Curator of Special Collections in the Latin American Library (LAL), Tulane University.

Chris received her A.B. in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane in 2000.

As an independent scholar, Chris has published widely on the prehistory of the El Bajío, Lerma River Valley, and northeastern Michoacán.  She has also studied the 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.  She recently completed a book manuscript on the Mesoamerican codices co-authored with Gabrielle Vail and developed an online database that contains all four Maya codices (;
As a Research Associate at Tulane's Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Chris wrote grants to fund a digitization project for joint MARI and LAL materials; developed a four-year collections management and conservation plan for the MARI archive; managed their publication sales; and helped to organize the annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop event.  At the Latin American Library, Chris inventoried and developed a collection guide to the Merle Greene Robertson Collection in 2008-2009 and in 2012.  She has also served at LAL in a grant-writing capacity as well as co-curator, with LAL staff, of the exhibitions “Maya Time Reckoning and the Language of Creation: Views from the Merle Green Robertson Collection” (2009) and “Sacred Cenotes, Hidden Caverns: Fifty Years of Research in the Maya Area” (2008).

Hortensia Calvo
Tulane University