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Blom, Frans Ferdinand, 1893-1963
Diaries of Frans and Gertrude Blom
Manuscripts Division
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1943-1959 1943-1959
14 Volumes


Consists of copies of diaries kept by Blom and his wife, Gertrude Duby Blom, from 1943 to 1959, while searching for Maya ruins in Chiapas, Mexico, in 14 volumes.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.


Arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Blom, Frans Ferdinand, 1893-1963

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.

Collection History


These photocopies were made from originals lent by Gertrude Duby Blom in 1978.


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Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. The literary rights of the Blom and Duby diaries belong to the Asociacion Cultural Na Bolom, which also has the originals. Contact them at for any permissions to publish.

Credit this material:

Diaries of Frans and Gertrude Blom; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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