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Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (1857-1933)

Zelia Maria Magdalena Nuttall (1857-1933)

A San Francisco native, Nuttall was educated in Europe. In 1867, she returned to San Francisco and married French anthropologist Alphonse Louis Pinart (whose papers are in the Bancroft collections). They divorced in 1888 and Nuttall pursued a scholarly career in Mexican archaeology. She was the first anthropologist to recognize the historical value of ancient codices. Prominent among the Mexican codices she discovered and studied were the Codex Nuttall and the Codex Magliabecchiano. She served the nascent department as Field Director of the Crocker-Reid Researches in Mexico. Nuttall was the first anthropologist to recognize the historical value of ancient codices.

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