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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 | Anishinaabe | Naskapi | Cree | Nipissing | Ojibwe | Rama | Chibcha | Maya | Haudenosaunee | Ktunaxa | Cree, Omaskeko
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; 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 Mistissini 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)

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)

Maya | Huastec
Language(s): English
Date: 1917; 1930-1939
Subject: Linguistics
Type:Text
Extent: 6 pages; 56 prints; 58 negatives
Description: The Maya materials, John Alden Mason Papers consist of correspondence regarding Andrade's work on Maya and Huastec; Mason's query concerning subgrouping of Mayan languages and photos of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, etc. Includes negatives.
Collection: John Alden Mason Papers (Mss.B.M384)

Maya
Language(s): English | Tzotzil
Date: 1971, 1977, 1992-1993
Extent: 414 pages, 74 photographs
Description: The Maya materials in the Phillips Fund collection consist of several items. Materials in this collection are listed alphabetically by last name of author. See materials listed under Adams, Hellmuth, and Kilroe.
Collection: Phillips Fund for Native American Research Collection (Mss.497.3.Am4)

Itza | K'iche' | Maya | Q'eqchi'
Alternate forms: K'ekchi', Quiché
Language(s): English | Spanish | K'iche' | Q'eqchi' | Itza'
Date: 1527-1964
Contributor: Reina, Ruben E.
Extent: 23 linear feet
Description: The materials in the Ruben Reina papers pertaining to the Peten region of Guatemala are found primarily in Series II of the collection. This series consists of extensive ethnohistory materials including oral histories and photocopies of documents from numerous local community archives, both within and outside the Peten region, the Archivo General de Centroamerica (AGCA), and the Archivo General de Indias (AGI) in Seville. The material dates from the 15th century through the 1960s. Reina copied the material with portable photocopy and photographic equipment under poor conditions. The series includes 5 subseries: Encomiendas y Tierras; Libros Antiguos de Cofradias; Ethnohistorical Data; Peten Court Records; and Transcriptions. Each section contains a description of the conditions under which the materials were collected and the provenance of the materials, including whether the materials are still in existence. The Mayan langauges identified above should be regarded only as probable given the locations from which documents originated. Additional relevant materials may be found in Series VI, VII, VIII, XI, and XII.
Collection: Ruben E. Reina Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.67)