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"Talking to Women," Thomas Baird's Interviews about Maya Women


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Baird, Thomas, 1923-1990

Thomas Baird, a member of the Princeton Class of 1945, collected materials relating to Mayan women.

The collection consists of typed transcripts of oral history interviews conducted by Baird (Princeton University Class of 1945) with anthropologists who had talked with Maya women in Chiapas, Mexico. Collectively entitled "Talking to Women," the interviews contain conversations with Walter F. Morris, Earle Duncan, Dona Joachina, Kazuyasu, and John Burstein. These transcribed interviews are on seven of the thirteen tapes in the collection (namely, tapes numbered 5, 7-10, and two unlabeled). Four more tapes are also labeled as being part of the "Talking to Women" interviews. There are also two tapes labeled "Palenque - Bob Robertson," though it is unclear if they are also part of the interview series.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Six additional audiocassette tapes were found in repository. Amy C. Vo added and described these materials, and updated the finding aid in 2023.

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Collection Inventory

Burstein, John, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Earle, Duncan, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Joachina, Dona, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kazuyasu, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Audiocassette Tapes, undated.

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