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Cyrus Thomas photograph collection relating to Mayan and Aztec carvings

Creator:
Thomas, Cyrus, 1825-1910  Search this
Photographer:
Alvarez y Medina  Search this
Kildare y Cia  Search this
Names:
Museo Nacional de Antropología (Mexico)  Search this
Artist:
Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875  Search this
Extent:
35 Mounted prints (albumen and silver gelatin)
Culture:
Mayas  Search this
Aztec (archaeological culture)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Mounted prints
Place:
Mexico -- Antiquities
Date:
circa 1880-1910
Scope and Contents note:
The bulk of the photographs document Mayan reliefs and hieroglyphics at ancient sites, including Chichen Itza, Palenque, and Yaxchilan. Additional photographs depict items in the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico, including a necklace, the Stone of Tizoc, and a stone altar disk to Tlaltecuhtli. The collection includes photographs made by Alvarez y Medina, Kildare y Cia, and a photograph of a drawing by Frederic de Waldeck.
Biographical/Historical note:
Cyrus Thomas (1825-1910) was an archeologist for the Bureau of American Ethnology best known for his work on American Indian burial mounds in the American Midwest. Born in Kingsport, Tennessee, Thomas was educated in law and served as Deputy County Clerk under his brother-in-law, the County Clerk of Jackson County, Illinois (1850-1853). In 1858, Thomas helped found the Illinois Natural History Society, through which he met John Wesley Powell. Thomas served for a brief period as an Evangelical Lutheran minister (1864-1866) before becoming an entomologist for the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (1869-1873), Illinois State Entomologist (1874-1876), and a member of the US Entomological Commission (1876-1882). In 1876, he also worked as a professor of natural history at Southern Illinois Normal College and founded the school's Museum of Natural History (now the University Museum). During this time, Thomas also became interested in Mesoamerican ethnology, publishing articles about Mesoamerican codices and writing systems. In 1881 Thomas joined the Bureau of American Ethnology at the Smithsonian and served as the Director of the Division of Mound Exploration, a position he maintained until his death in 1910.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 169
Location of Other Archival Materials:
This collection has been relocated from Photo Lot 123.
Additional Cyrus Thomas materials relating to Mesoamerica held in the National Anthropological Archives are in MS 103, MS 1328, MS 3705, MS 3956, MS 3530, MS 3941, MS 3260, MS 2337, and MS 3920-b.
Correspondence from Thomas is held in the National Anthropological Archives in MS 4821, the J. C. Pilling papers, and records of the Bureau of American Ethnology.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.

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Topic:
Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- writing  Search this
Citation:
Photo Lot 169, Cyrus Thomas photograph collection relating to Mayan and Aztec carvings, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.PhotoLot.169
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw311327802-8625-4e30-9483-a266e8d1b0c4
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-photolot-169

Colección de las antigüedades mexicanas que ecsisten en el Museo Nacional / y dan a luz Isidro Icaza é Isidro Gondra ; litografiadas por Federico Waldeck, é impresas por Pedro Robert

Title:
Recuerdos de Mexico DSI
Author:
Museo Nacional de México  Search this
Icaza, Isidro Ignacio de  Search this
Gondra, Isidro Rafael  Search this
Waldeck, Frédéric de 1766-1875  Search this
Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Historia y Etnografía (Mexico)  Search this
Former owner:
Fulcomer, Daniel DSI  Search this
Fulcomer, Elnora DSI  Search this
Subject:
Museo Nacional de México  Search this
Physical description:
[4] p., [14] leaves of plates : chiefly ill. (lithographs) ; 51 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Mexico
Date:
1827
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F1219 .M87 1827
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897200

Description of the ruins of an ancient city, discovered near Palenque, in the kingdom of Guatemala, in Spanish America / translated from the original manuscript report of Captain Don Antonio del Rio ; followed by Teatro critico americano, or, a critical investigation and research into the history of the Americans, by Doctor Paul Felix Cabrera, of the city of New Guatemala

Title:
Description of the ruins of an ancient city discovered in America
Author:
Río, Antonio del active 1786-1787  Search this
Cabrera, Paul Felix  Search this
Ill:
Waldeck, Frédéric de 1766-1875  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, [2], 128 p., [17] leaves of plates (1 folded) : ill., plans ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Palenque Site (Mexico)
Date:
1822
Topic:
Mayas--Antiquities  Search this
Origin  Search this
Call number:
F1435.1.P2 R5 1822
F1435.1.P2R5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_344869

Recherches sur les ruines de Palenqué et sur les origines de la civilisation du Mexique, par M. l'abbé Brasseur de Bourbourg. Texte publié sous les auspices de ... le Ministre de l'instruction publique

Author:
Brasseur de Bourbourg abbé 1814-1874  Search this
Waldeck, Frédéric de 1766-1875  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. l., xxi, 83, [1] p. 37 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Palenque (Chiapas, Mexico)
Mexico
Date:
1857
[1866]
Topic:
Mayas--Antiquities  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Call number:
F1219.1.P16B82X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_264257

Jean-Frédéric Waldeck : artist of exotic Mexico / Esther Pasztory

Author:
Pasztory, Esther  Search this
Subject:
Waldeck, Frédéric de 1766-1875 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 165 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Mexico
Palenque Site (Mexico)
Date:
2010
C2010
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Mayas--Antiquities  Search this
Maya architecture  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_947624

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