JCB Board of Governors Visits Important Sites in Oaxaca

four people standing outside the gates of a church

Fulfilling a longstanding desire to visit one of the most important communities connected to the Library’s peerless collections of indigenous language materials, JCB Board Members accepted the generous invitation of former JCB researcher María Isabel Grañén Porrúa and the Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation to visit the sights and sounds of Oaxaca such as the wonderful organ concert at the Church of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya in the nearby Tule valley. While in Oaxaca, they visited the Biblioteca Burgoa and the Convento Santo Domingo, the Biblioteca Juan de Córdova (the JCB has one of the best collections of materials written by Córdova, including his impressive Vocabulario) at the Centro San Pablo and an array of stunning museums and collections including the Textile Museum and the Biblioteca Infantil. The meeting intended to cement our collaborations with important Mexican institutions and provide the Governors with an up-close view of one of the most linguistically diverse regions in the world. Earlier that week, a few members of the Board also visited several peer collections in the colonial city of Puebla, including the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, the Biblioteca Lafragua, and the Biblioteca Franciscana de Cholula.