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Puleston, Dennis-Edward, 1940-1978
Dennis E. Puleston Papers
Manuscripts Division
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68 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-51; 68


Consists of works, correspondence, photographs, a journal (1962), maps, computer tapes, and printed matter of Puleston, a professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of works, correspondence, photographs, a journal (1962), maps, computer tapes, and printed matter of Puleston, professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota. The collection reflects Puleston's interest in and contribution to Maya studies in the areas of food resources, the uses of underground chambers (chultunes), and the use of controlled transects (brecha survey) which altered existing concepts of site organizations, and includes material of archaeological work in these areas in Guatemala and Belize. The collection contains the typed manuscript, with holograph comments, of his doctoral dissertation, Ancient Maya Settlement Patterns and Environment at Tikal, Guatemala: Implications for Subsistence Models; papers for journals and conferences; undergraduate notes and notebooks from Antioch College and graduate ones from the University of Pennsylvania; material for classes taught at Minnesota; a journal kept while on an excavation in North Wales; computer cards regarding a program to determine what ancient Mayan society might have been like given the material remains; and printouts, charts, and graphs. In addition, there are audiotapes of a conference held in Puleston's honor after his death in 1978.

Collection Creator Biography:

Puleston, Dennis-Edward, 1940-1978

Dennis E. Puleston was a professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota, noted for his contribution to the field of Mayan studies.

Collection History

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Fadzilah Yahaya GS in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Dennis E. Puleston Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1-51; 68