Primeros Libros de las Américas
The Primeros Libros de las Américas: Impresos Americanos del Siglo XVI en las Bibliotecas del Mundo project is a digital collection of the first books printed in the Americas before 1601. These monographs are very important because they represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholarly studies in a variety of academic fields. Of the 220 editions believed to have been produced in Mexico and 20 in Peru, approximately 155 are represented in institutions around the world.
In addition to building a digital collection of all first books held by the project participants, the initiative seeks to serve as a demonstration project for digital library technologies, metadata and scanning standards, and for the value of collaboration among libraries. There are currently 25 partner institutions participating in the project and they together account for a total of 360 exemplars.
The transcriptions were generated as part of the NEH-funded "Reading the First Books" project at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. They were produced using Ocular, an open-source Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tool for the automatic transcription of multilingual, early modern printed books, through the Early Modern OCR Project's online interface, and have not been manually corrected. You can download Ocular through Github and the corpus of transcriptions through the Texas Data Repository.
If your institution wishes to participate in this collaborative project, please review the project agreement at the following link. The agreement provides detailed information about the standards used for scanning the books, processing of the subsequent image files, sharing of materials, etc.
We would like to thank all of those who played a role in helping to make the Primeros Libros de las Américas project a reality, including:
The University of Texas at Austin Libraries
Preservation and Digitization Services: Brittany Centeno, Ting-Benn Chang, Jennifer Lee, Wendy Martin, Eric Satrum, Ellen Tanner, Anna Lamphear, Karla Roig and Joshua Ortiz Baco
Metadata / Cataloging: Hugo Chapa-Guzman, Melanie Cofield, Jee Davis, Amy Rushing, Devon Murphy, and Luisana E. Lopez
Technology Integration Services: Jade Anderson, Aaron Choate, Matthew Villalobos, Steve Williams, and Theresa Polk
Library Systems: Erik Grostic, Ladd Hanson, Audrey Templeton, Nicole Currens, Saad Mecci, Larry Yang, Dustin Slater, Heather Langley, and Noah King
Administration: Robin Fradenburgh, Julianne Gilland, Catherine Hamer, Mark McFarland, Kent Norsworthy, and Craig Schroer
Texas A&M University Libraries
Digital Initiatives: Michael Bolton, Cody Green, Adam Mikeal, Tina Messinger, Luis Meneses, and Tessa Kerlin
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives: David Chapman, Stephanie Elmquist, Cadence King, Lyndsey Raney, and Sierra Laddusaw
Administration: John Leggett and Stephen Smith
José María Lafragua Historical Library
Administration: Manuel de Santiago Hernández
Sub-directorate of Preservation and Dissemination: Elvia Acosta, Elsa Arce, Teresita Diaz, Karla Siller, and Judith Fuentes Aguilar
The University of the Américas Puebla and Franciscana Library
Administration: Arturo Valentín Arrieta Audifred
CIRIA - Innovation and Information Services: Rafael Juárez Campos
Department of Computing, Electronics and Mechatronics: Alfredo Sánchez Huitrón
Administration of the Franciscana Library: Rocío Cázares Aguilar
Elvia Carreño Velázquez, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Marina Garone Gravier, Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Guadalupe Rodríguez Domínguez, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí