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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Indians of Chiapas, Mexico, Film Negatives Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists of 14 negatives (8x10 inches) of the Lacandón Maya by Giles G. Healey made at the same time he discovered the Maya murals at Bonampak while on assignment from The United Fruit Company in 1946, and approximately 1,500 negatives (120 format, 6 centimeters) of the Tzeltal and Lacandón Maya of the Chiapas Highlands taken by Ralph Hilt from approximately 1960 to 1964.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two series of negatives that portray the Chiapas region and its people (chiefly the Lacandón) at two distinct periods in the development of the region: the late 1940s and the early 1960s. The images portray scenes from the daily lives of indigenous peoples, religious ceremonies and parades, indigenous villages, Maya ruins, local Mexicans from the Chiapas region and the provincial town of San Cristóbal de las Casas.


The collection is organized into these series:

Collection History


Series 1: Giles G. Healey Negatives were purchased from Gary Edwards in 1996 (WA1996-142).

Series 2: Ralph Hilt Negatives were purchased in 1992.


Researchers should note the separated photographic prints of Giles G. Healey (Box M3, Numbers M0058-M0075) in:

(WC064) - Western Americana photographs collection, 1800s-1900s.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and compiled by Valerie Addonizio, November 2009. Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in 2009 and updated 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:

Indians of Chiapas, Mexico, Film Negatives Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4

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Bibliography Palenque Round Table, & Robertson, M. G. (1980). Third Palenque Round Table, 1978--part 2: Proceedings of the tercera Mesa Redonda de Palenque, June 11-18, 1978. Austin: University of Texas Press. Palka, J. W. (2005). Unconquered Lacandon Maya: Ethnohistory and archaeology of indigenous culture change. Maya studies. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Wilson, Charles Morrow. (1947). Backwards a dozen centuries. Natural History, 56 (8), pp. 370-378.

Subject Terms:
Lacandon Indians -- 20th century -- Photographs.
Maya painting -- Photographs.
Tzeltal Indians -- 20th century -- Photographs.
Genre Terms:
Negatives (photographic) -- 20th century.
Chiapas (México)
United Fruit Company.
Blom, Gertrude Duby
Healey, Giles G. (Giles Greville), 1901-1980
Hilt, Ralph
Wilson, Charles Morrow, 1905-1977