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Sylvanus G. Morley photographs, approximately 1921-1971

Identifier: MSS 1587 Series 3 Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes photographs related to the professional and personal work of Sylvanus Morley. Most of the photographs are from 1920-1945, and include original prints, negatives, and repository prints. Subjects and themes include personal photos, Maya houses and Spanish buildings, Sites include Quirigua, Uaxactun, Merida, Palenque, Copan, Chichen Itza,


  • approximately 1921-1971


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Frances Louella Rhoads 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 an amateur photographer,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.


From the Collection: 67 cartons (67 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States