Schuller, Rodolfo R., 1873-1932

Alternative names
Birth 1873
Death 1932
English, South American Indian (Other), German, Portuguese, Central American Indian languages, North American Indian languages, Spanish; Castilian

Biographical notes:

Americanist and linguist. Full name: Rudolf Riemel Schuller. In many of Schuller's publications, his name appears as Rodolfo R. Schuller.

From the description of Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, 1492-1915. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982475

Linguist specializing in Latin American Indians.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1912-1935] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155481224

Rodolfo, or Rudolph, Schuller was a linguist who studied Mexican, Central and Southern American Indians. He served on the faculty of the National University in Mexico City. A large collection of his ethnological studies and photographs were acquired by Tulane University in the 1920s, shortly after Schuller moved to New Orleans. The papers are held in Tulane's Latin American Library.

From the description of Rodolfo R. Schuller papers, ca. 1925-1932. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 69341368

Biographical Note

  • 1873, Dec. 25: Born Rudolf Riemel Schuller near Vienna, Austria
  • circa 1893: Came to the Americas
  • 1899: Defended his doctoral dissertation, school unknown
  • 1904: In Montevideo, Uruguay. Spent time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, either before or after Montevideo
  • 1906 - 1907 : Published several articles in Santiago, Chile
  • 1908: Worked on the border dispute between Peru and Bolivia
  • 1909: Employed by the library of the Museum Emilio Goeldi, Belém do Pará, Brazil Nominated a corresponding member of the Brazilian Historic and Geographic Institute while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1911: Developed project for the National Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Traveled to Madrid and Seville, Spain
  • 1912: Attended the Eighteenth Congress of Americanists, London, England Resigned his position at the Museum Emilio Goeldi because the state government of Pará, Brazil, could no longer pay his salary
  • 1913: Attended the Nineteenth Congress of Americanists, Washington, D.C., as a delegate from the National Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1914: Probably in Bahia, Brazil
  • circa 1915 - 1917 : In Chicago, Ill.
  • 1917 - 1921 : Returned to and lived mostly in Vienna, Austria, following the severance of diplomatic relations between the United States and Austria
  • 1921 - circa 1929 : Lived in Mexico City and researched indigenous groups for the Mexican government; affiliated with the Anthropology Department, National University of Mexico
  • 1925: Visited San Salvador
  • 1926: In New Orleans, La.; returned to Mexico
  • 1928: Visited San José, Costa Rica, and Guatemala
  • 1929: Worked at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1932, Jan. 18: Died while attending a conference, Barranquilla, Colombia

From the guide to the Rodolfo R. Schuller Papers, 1492-1915, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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