Charles E. Dibble

Charles E. Dibble (18 August 1909 – 30 November 2002)[1] was an American academic, anthropologist, linguist, and scholar of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures. A former Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah, Dibble retired in 1978 after an association with the university as lecturer and researcher spanning four decades.[2] Post-retirement Dibble continued to conduct and publish research in his area of expertise, studies of Mesoamerican historical literature and the historiography of conquest-era Mesoamerican cultures, in particular those of the Aztec and others of the central Mexican altiplano. Among many contributions to the field Dibble is perhaps most recognised for his collaboration with colleague Arthur J.O. Anderson, producing the modern annotated translation into English of the volumes of the Florentine Codex.

Born in Layton, Utah,[3] Dibble attended the University of Utah, obtaining a B.A. in history in 1936. Dibble traveled to Mexico in the year preceding his graduation, and his experiences there shaped the direction of his future career as a Mesoamericanist scholar. Dibble enrolled at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City for postgraduate studies, completing a Master's degree in anthropology in 1938. Upon receiving his MA Dibble gained a teaching position at his alma mater in Utah commencing in 1939, where he would be based for the remainder of his long academic career. At the same time he pursued his doctoral studies at UNAM, and was awarded his PhD from UNAM in 1942. Dibble also undertook a year's post-doctoral work at Harvard, in 1943. In 1994, a festschrift entitled Chipping away on earth: studies in prehispanic and colonial Mexico in honor of Arthur J.O. Anderson and Charles E. Dibble [4] was published.


  1. ^ Birth date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF). Death date from U News Center (2002).
  2. ^ U News Center (2002)
  3. ^ Lazar (2000)
  4. ^ Eloise Quinones Keber, editor with the assistance of Susan Schroeder and Frederic Hicks, 1994: Lancaster CA, Labyrinthos.


Andrews, J. Richard (2003). Introduction to Classical Nahuatl (revised ed.). Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 978-0-8061-3452-9. OCLC 50090230.
Lazar, Elise (Fall 2000). "Aztec Civilization, Revealed: A tribute to Charles Dibble". Continuum: The Magazine of the University of Utah. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Alumni Association. 10 (2). OCLC 173715916. Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
Lockhart, James (1999). Of Things of the Indies: Essays Old and New in Early Latin American History. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-3809-5. OCLC 41564990.
Poole, Stafford (2006). The Guadalupan Controversies in Mexico. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-5252-7. OCLC 64427328.
Sahagún, Bernardino de (1950–82) [ca. 1540–85]. Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain, 13 vols. in 12. vols. I-XII. Charles E. Dibble and Arthur J.O. Anderson (eds., trans., notes and illus.) (translation of Historia General de las Cosas de la Nueva España ed.). Santa Fe, NM and Salt Lake City: School of American Research and the University of Utah Press. ISBN 978-0-87480-082-1. OCLC 276351.
"U Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Professor Charles Dibble Dies" (Press release). U News Center. December 5, 2002. Retrieved 2008-10-09.

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