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Edwin Ferdon slides and negatives of Mesoamerica and Southern Mexico

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3250

Scope and Contents

249 slides and 287 nitrate negatives of Mesoamerican/Southern Mexico from 1906-1956.


  • 1906-1956


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research; Negatives are not available for patron use, but proofs have been made to view. Collection is kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Edwin Ferdon slides and negatives of Mesoamerica and Southern Mexico must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin Nelson Ferdon Jr. (1913 June 14- ) is a notable ethnologist noted for his studies of the peoples of Polynesia and the Americas. He earned his bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico, and a masters from the University of Southern California. He worked as a museum curator, researcher, and associate director in Southwestern cultural heritage institutions, retiring in 1983 from the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona.


536 items

3 slides

3 negatives

Physical Location

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

These slides and negatives were taken by Edwin Ferdon who donated them to John Clark of the New World Archaeology Department. Fred Nelson, also from the Department, brought them in to Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Fred Nelson.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Register of Edwin Ferdon slides and negatives of Mesoamerica and Southern Mexico
Abe Austin
2012 April 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States