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Swiss-born Gertrude Duby Blom was a journalist, social anthropologist, and documentary photographer. On an expedition to visit the Lacandon Indians in Mexico she met Frans Blom, a Danish archeologist and cartographer who was searching for Bonampak, the lost Mayan ruin. They teamed up on several subsequent expeditions and later married.
The collection consists of copies of diaries kept by Blom and his wife, Gertrude Duby Blom, from 1943 to 1959 in 14 volumes. The diaries concern the Bloms' explorations and search for Maya ruins in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico, including ruins at Bonampak, and the life of the Lacandon Indians in the Lacandon Jungle of Mexico.
These photocopies were made from originals lent by Gertrude Duby Blom in 1978.
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- Archaeological expeditions -- Mexico -- Chiapas -- 20th century
- Archaeologists -- United States -- 20th century
- Cities and towns, Ruined, extinct, etc. -- Mexico -- 20th century
- Indianists -- United States -- 20th century
- Indians of Mexico -- Chiapas -- Antiquities -- 20th century
- Indians of Mexico -- Chiapas -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Lacandon Indians -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Mayas -- Antiquities
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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Diary of Frans BlomPhysical Description