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Maya | Mixtec
Language(s): French
Date: 1859-1882
Extent: 2.0 linear feet, 123 photographs
Description: A traveler, archaeologist, and photographer, Désiré Charnay (1828-1915) was one of the most important early expeditionary photographers. During his tours of Yucatan, Oaxaca, and Chiapas in 1858-1860 and 1880-1886, Charnay became one of the first to use photography in documenting the great Meso-American archaeological sites and to make ethnographic photographs of indigenous Mexicans. This collection of photographs is representative of the range of images he took of Meso-American archaeological sites during three tours of Mexico in 1858-1860 and 1880-1886. Although some of the images have suffered an unfortunate degree of fading, they convey the power and fascination that these sites held for Charnay and his contemporaries, and include some of the best early examples of the use of photography in the documentation of Mexican archaeology. The collection includes images of the sites at Tula, Teotihuacan, Iztaccihuatl, Chichen Itza, Comalcalco, and Palenque; of archaeological specimens held at the Museum of Mexico; of landscape and villages in Yucatan, Chiapas, and Oaxaca; and of a series of Lacandon, Mayan, Mixtec, and Yucatec "racial types." The collection was apparently assembled by the scientist Griffith Evans Abbot (1850-1927), who presented them to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. The 15 cartes de visite included in the collection, mostly portraits taken in Peru, Chile, and Madeira, bear an uncertain relationship to the Charnay images, and are probably present simply because they were also once owned by Abbot. All images have been digitized and are available through the APS Digital Library.
Collection: Abbot-Charnay Photograph Collection (Mss.913.72.Ab23)

Algonquin | Naskapi | Cree | Nipissing | Ojibwe | Rama | Chibcha | Maya | Haudenosaunee | Ktunaxa
Alternate forms: Ojibwa, Iroquois, Kutenai
Language(s): English | French
Date: 1912-1941 and undated
Extent: 7 items
Description: Materials relating to both Algonquin and related Algonquian peoples, cultures, and languages. Includes Speck's notes on artifacts found near Lake Abitibi and in the Nipissing district; his Seven Islands field notes, including texts with interlinear translations, house data, names of animals, and a letter in French from Marie Louise Ambroise; abstracts of Speck's published works on the Rama-Chibcha of Nicaragua, River Desert Algonquins, Southern Ontario Indians, Maya, and others; sketches and comments on shoulder blade divination (scapulimancy), including notes on deer drives (including an undated note from A. Irving Hallowell) and the distribution of artifacts among Algonquin, Naskapi, and Mistassini peoples; two field notebooks containing (1) linguistic notes and informant and population data for Waswanipi, Abitibi, Temiskaming [Timiskaming], Nipissing, Algonquian and (2) Temiskaming ethnography, Wisiledjak (Wiskyjack) [Wisakedjak, a manitou] text (in English), Temagami ethnology and texts (in English), and one Iroquois legend; general information on birch-bark containers, including 37 photographs and 40 pages of notes relating to Algonquin, Cree, Ojibwe and Ktunaxa specimens, and a letter from Bella Weitzner; and a letter from A. G. Bailey sending Speck a copy of his book on Algonquians.
Collection: Frank G. Speck Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.126)

Kaqchikel | Maya
Alternate forms: Cakchiquel, Cakchikel, Kaqchiquel
Language(s): Kaqchikel | Spanish
Date: circa 1650
Type:Text
Extent: 1 volume, 78 leaves
Description: A copy made in 1748 of Maldonado's "Ramilette" or anthology of 12 dialogues, together with a copy of an unknown "Doctrina Christiana" of 1556. Includes grammatical notes and vocabulary. Donor, Academia de Ciencias de Guatemala, through Mariano Gálvez, 1836.
Collection: Mayan Language Texts, 1553-1727 (Mss.497.43.V42)

Ch'olti' | Maya
Alternate forms: Cholti
Language(s): Ch'olti' | Spanish
Date: 1695
Type:Text
Extent: 1 volume, 282 pages
Description: This is a copy of Morán's "libro grande" (1625-1650), and includes two versions of the grammar (in different hands), confessional materials, and a vocabulary of 500 words which has been added to the others. The first three pages are a narrative of Spanish missions (1689-1692) by Thomas Murillo. Donor, Academia de Ciencias de Guatemala, through Mariano Gálvez, 1836.
Collection: Mayan Language Texts, 1553-1727 (Mss.497.43.V42)

Maya
Language(s): Spanish
Date: circa 16th century
Type:Text
Genre: Microfilms
Extent: 129 reels
Description: This is a collection of documents relating to post-conquest social, cultural, and legal processes in Guatemala, which were culled from the Archivo General de Indias in Seville by the Hispanic-Latin American Research Project beginning in 1967. There is a 65-page guide to the collection, Guide to the Documents from the Archivo General de Indias pertaining to the Audiencia de Guatemala. Originals in the Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain. Donor, Ruben E. Reina, December 1974.
Collection: Audiencia de Guatemala, 16th cent. (Mss.Film.1337)

Kaqchikel | Maya
Alternate forms: Cakchiquel, Cakchikel, Kaqchiquel
Language(s): Kaqchikel | Spanish
Date: 1699
Type:Text
Extent: 1 volume, 453 pages
Description: Copy of dictionary of late sixteenth-century missionary made by Fray Francisco Ceron. 4,000 Cakchiquel words (Parra's orthography) with equivalents. he original manuscript was sent to the Universidad Mariano Galvéz de Guatemala in 1989. Donor, Academia de Ciencias de Guatemala, through Mariano Gálvez, 1836. This manuscript is accessible at the APS via microfilm copy.
Collection: Mayan Language Texts, 1553-1727 (Mss.497.43.V42)

Maya
Language(s): English | Spanish
Date: 1926-1959
Type:Text
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)

Chinautleco | Kaqchikel | Maya | Poqomam
Alternate forms: Cakchiquel, Cakchikel, Kaqchiquel
Language(s): English | Spanish | Kaqchikel | K'iche' | Poqomam
Date: 1596-1984
Contributor: Reina, Ruben E.
Extent: 7.5 linear feet
Description: The materials in the Ruben Reina papers relating to the Chinautla region of Guatemala are found primarily in Series III of the collection. This series consists of material relating to the Chinautla region and neighboring areas of Guatemala, including primarily Poqomam-speaking peoples. This section includes an extensive amount of copies from the Archivo General de Centroamerica (AGCA), local archives, and oral history interviews.
Collection: Ruben E. Reina Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.67)

Chol | Maya
Language(s): Chol
Date: 1979
Genre: Stories
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (2 min.)
Description: NOTE: This guide entry only describes the audio collection (formerly call number Mss.SMs.Coll.15), which has been merged with recently processed manuscripts materials to form the Victoria R. Bricker Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.178). This entry does not reflect manuscript materials or any understanding of the audio since receiving the manuscript materials, and is in the process of being updated. The Chol materials in this collection consist of one 2-minute untranslated story in the language.  (The audio material has been digitized and can be accessed online for free by users not physically at the APS Library through a login and password. Please see our Audio Access Page for information on how to request these materials.)
Collection: Victoria R. Bricker Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.178)

Chorti | Maya
Language(s): Chortí | English
Date: undated
Contributor: Kendall, Daythal
Subject: Linguistics
Type:Text
Extent: 1 folder
Description: Daythal Kendall made a short bibliography of published Chortí materials while researching the language families of Central and South America (Series 2).
Collection: Daythal L. Kendall Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.148)