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Contributor: Mason, John Alden, 1885-1967 | Kidder, Alfred Vincent, 1885-1963 | Merrill, Robert H., 1881-1955 | Thompson, J. Eric S. (John Eric Sidney), 1898-1975 | Sayles, E. B. (Edwin Booth), 1892-1977 | Harris, Zellig S. (Zellig Sabbettai), 1909-1992 | Johnson, Frederick, 1904-1994 | McQuown, Norman A. | Weitlaner, Robert J., 1883-1968 | Willey, Gordon R. (Gordon Randolph), 1913-2002
Subject: Linguistics | Archaeology | Guatemala--History | Honduras--History | Architecture | Geography
Extent: Circa 455 leaves; circa 635 pages;
Description: The Central America materials, John Alden Mason Papers include correspondence regarding linguistic, archaeological, and ethnological work in Mexico and Guatemala; meetings; etc. Regarding archaeological work in Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. Regarding Piedras Negras, Guatemala; Chichen Itza; archaeological work in Guatemala and Mexico. Regarding archaeological work in Guatemala, Mexico, and Texas. Regarding Pima; Yaqui; Piedras Negras, Guatemala; Maya glyphs and architecture; archaeological work in Guatemala, Mexico, and British Honduras. The bulk of the material is from 1933-1939 and concerns archaeological work at Piedras Negras, Guatemala. Some discussion of the Mayan calendar, the ruins at Yaxchilan, Mexico, and a 1953 expedition to the Caracol Ruins, Honduras. Scholarly materials: Article for [Lilly de Jongh] Osborne's handbook of Guatemala regarding the ruins of Piedras Negras, Guatemala. A paper entitled, "Los cuatro grandes filones linguisticos de Mexico y Centroamerica" for the International Congress of Americanists, Mexico, August 1939. A paper read at meeting of the American Anthropological Association, December 1938, on the genetic classification of Middle American languages. Bibliographies of books and a few manuscripts on Indians of Central America, Mexico, and South America; letter from Zelig Harris to Mason; Mason's reply. Paper sent to Mason to be read at the meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Discusses Hokan-Siouan Phylum, Tarascan, Macro-Otomanguean Phylum, Macro-Penutian Phylum, and Macro-Chibchan Phylum. Notes on genetic relationships and geographic distribution. Mostly from published sources. A compilation and juxtaposition of various opinions. A talk given before Sociedad de geografia e historia de Guatemala regarding the architecture of Piedras Negras. English original which was translated into Spanish for publication in Anales 15 (December 1938): pages 202-216. A paper "Middle American Linguistics, 1955" by Norman A. McQuown; draft of a paper by Mason discussing that of McQuown; a copy of Mason's paper as delivered at the meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November 17, 1955, Boston; a copy of Mason's paper as corrected for correspondence with Robert J. Weitlaner and Gordon R. Willey.
Collection: John Alden Mason Papers (Mss.B.M384)
Extent: 88 pages
Description: Correspondence between friends Alfred Kidder and Neil M. Judd, primarily personal in nature, but also including include sporadic references to excavations at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, and other archaeological sites, with a few references to other archaeologists and anthropologists and the Alfred Vincent Kidder Award. Letters are listed in the guide to the Alfred Vincent Kidder Papers; some also have brief descriptions.
Collection: Alfred Vincent Kidder Papers (Mss.B.K53)
Alternate forms: Aleut, Unangas
Contributor: Aginsky, Ethel G. (Ethel Gertrude), 1910- | Boas, Franz, 1858-1942 | Garfield, Viola F. | Harrington, J. P. (John P.), 1865-1939 | Jacobs, Melville, 1902-1971 | Kidder, Alfred Vincent, 1885-1963 | Kroeber, A. L. (Alfred Louis), 1876-1960
Description: This collection contains the bulk of correspondence between Franz Boas and his professional colleagues, though there are also other Boas collections in the library. The correspondents listed above contain some correspondence related to the culture or language listed in this entry. In the finding aid listings for some of these correspondents, the individual letters pertaining to this culture or language will be identified by a subject heading, though for some correspondents this indexing has not yet been completed. Some letters may contain only brief mentions of work being conducted in relation to the topic. Some additional correspondences in this collection that have not yet been indexed may also contain additional material.
Collection: Franz Boas Papers (Mss.B.B61)