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Morley, Frances R.


Biographical History

Frances Louella Rhoads Morley was born September 8, 1898 to Franklin Koons and Frances May Cook Rhoads of Pekin and Rock Island, Illinios. Frances had one older sister, Dorothy, and the family lived in Illinois for many years, near other family members. Dorothy and Frances moved to Sante Fe, New Mexico in about 1920, and Dorothy lived there until 1986, when she died. In 1927, Frances married Sylvanus Morley, and spent her remaining years between Mexico and Sante Fe, and would accompany him on excavations. The family had a Maya godchild named Dorita, who was featured in one of Dorothy's books. Sylvanus died in 1948 and Frances died in 1955 in Sante Fe.

Frances was amateur photographers, and took hundreds of photographs on family trips and other events, some of which were used in Sylvanus's publications. Frances also coauthored one paper with Sylvanus about the Leyden Plate.

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Album duplicate photographs, approximately 1910-1930

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains photographs that are mostly duplicates of the photographs in the albums.

Dates: approximately 1910-1930

Artifacts and objects photographs [no instances yet]

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents The subseries includes photographs of Maya artifacts and sculpture. Artifacts includes polychrome and heiroglyphic vases, plates, and bowls, stone tools and lithics, stone and ceramic stulpture, obsidian blades, pottery shards, jewelry pieces, pieces from stone architecture, conch shell with heiroglyphics, and other archaeological artifacts. Artifacts came from several sources including private collections, museums, and excavations. Topics of artifacts include animals, geometric and faunal...
Dates: approximately 1921-1971

Contemporary buildings, approximately 1925-1949

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Photographs of contemporary buildings (haciendas) in Mexico and Central America. Sylvanus, Frances, and Frances' father Frank lived or visited these haciendas. Dated approximately 1925 to 1949.

Dates: approximately 1925-1949

Dorothy and Frances portraits, approximately 1890-1955

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains mainly portraits and some photographs of Dorothy and Frances Rhoads. Dated approximately 1890 to 1955.

Dates: approximately 1890-1955

Dorothy Rhoads correspondence, 1888-1986

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents This subseries consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, including postcards, of Dorothy Rhoads with family members and close friends. An extensive amount of correspondence is between Dorothy and her sister, Frances. The bulk of the correspondence is from 1915 to 1955, after Dorothy went to college and later after Frances got married and moved. Some correspondence is related Dorothy's parents and their courtship years, dating from 1888 to 1910. There is also correspondence related to...
Dates: 1888-1986

Pastor Escalante letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230326131]
Identifier: MSS SC 2745
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letters in Spanish sent to Frances Rhoads Morley. Escalante writes about his work in caring for Morley's property in the Yucatan State of Mexico and about life in the area. Also included are biographies of Morley's husband, Sylvanus Griswold Morley.

Dates: 1942-1954

Maya people photographs, approximately 1924-1947

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

This subseries is composed of photographs of Maya people and their activites during the time Sylvanus and Frances visited Santa Fe, Mexico, and Guatemala. The photographs include people who worked for or with Sylvanus G. Morley in his archeological expeditions, as well as people who intereacted with the expedition in the village. Dated approximately 1924 to 1947.

Dates: approximately 1924-1947

Morley archaeological site photographs, approximately 1921-1956

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

The subseries includes photographs of archaeological sites and excavations conducted by Sylvanus Morley. Sites include Chichen Itza, Uxmal and others. Subjects include excavations, architecture and buildings, heiroglyphics, and other archaeological findings. Dated approximately 1921 to 1956.

Dates: approximately 1921-1956

Oral history interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230238039]
Identifier: MSS SC 312
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview by George Addy and Ralph W. Hansen, both of Brigham Young University, concerning Morley's work. Frances Morley was also present.

Dates: 1961

Photographs of buildings

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Photographs of buildings including the Robison buildng, where Frank Rhoads worked, the home where the Rhoads family lived, 1032 2st St, Rock Island and also a home before the Rock Island home, in St Paul or east St. Louis.

Dates: approximately 1850-1910