Caribbean and Latin American Indigenous Languages at the JCB

Caribbean and Latin American Indigenous Languages at the JCB highlights the Caribbean and Latin American indigenous languages collection at the John Carter Brown Library. The main goal of this initiative is to share digitized manuscripts and books partially or totally written in indigenous languages from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and engage with indigenous peoples, scholars, and the widest possible public interested in this vast collection. The project showcases over five hundred historical items written in more than thirty indigenous languages spoken across Caribbean and Latin America, from Mesoamerica to Tierra del Fuego. Items are grouped by indigenous language and listed in chronological order. Developed by Dr. Guillaume Candela through a CLIR postdoctoral fellowship, this project also draws attention to the potential of digital tools for reconnecting bibliographic materials to the communities where they originated.