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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)

Maya
Language(s): English
Date: February 23, 1834
Contributor: Barabino, Joseph
Type:Text
Extent: 2 pages
Description: Letter discussing grave robbing of Indigenous ancestors' remains. Barabino hopes to go to Yucatan to procure materials for Morton.
Collection: Samuel George Morton Papers (Mss.B.M843)

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)

Yucatec | Maya
Alternate forms: Yucateco
Language(s): Yucateco
Date: 1971-1973, 1978-1979
Genre:
Extent: 17 sound tape reels, 2 audiocassettes (18 hr., 1 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. Field recordings made in the Yucatan in Mayan communities including Chan-Kom, Chancah-Veracruz, Ebtún, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Hocabá, Nunkiní, Patchakan, Sanahcat, Sotuta. These recordings include research conducted in relation to Bricker's "The Indian Christ, the Indian King: The Historical Substrate of Maya Myth and Ritual," pertaining to the influence of post-conquest history on the development of some indigenous practices. These include recordings of numerous conversations, stories relating to major conflicts that occurred in the region, and miscellaneous folkloric stories.
Collection: Victoria R. Bricker Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.178)