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Spanish and Maya sites, approximately 1920-1935

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 shapes, human figures, and heiroglyphics.

This subseries includes photos of items and murals from the archeological sites. The photographs of the mural and mural process were in an envelope titled, "Lowells' mural", who I believe is Lowell Houser. Envelopes and stamps on the back of some of the images suggests that they were taken in Yucatan and Uxmal, Mexico; Copan, Honduras; and Guatemala.


  • approximately 1920-1935


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Open for public research.

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Biographical History

From the Sub-Series:

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.)

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