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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 (mss): 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


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 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. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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 (mss): 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