Sylvanus Griswold Morley diaries,1905-1947

Mss.B.M828

Date: 1905-1947 | Size: 39 items, 23 volumes, typed (some multi-part).

Abstract

Beginning with his college life as an undergraduate at Harvard (1905-1906), Morley's diaries continue through his earliest travels and explorations of Central America (1907-1944), with information on the study of Mayan hieroglyphs, publications, the study of Central American ruins, and the manners and customs of the jungle Indians. Five volumes are devoted to four separate archaeological expeditions: Copan expedition (1937), Uxmal expedition (1941-1942), Central American expedition (1944), and Guatemala and Honduras expedition (1947). Formal and detailed field notes form the bulk of Morley's archaeological work. There are no diaries for 1908-1911, 1913, 1926-1930, 1933-1936, 1938-1940, and 1943.

Background note

Sylvanus Griswold Morley was an archaeologist and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1940.

Scope and content

These diaries are typewritten versions of Morley's diaries, typed up from the handwritten originals at the Peabody Museum at Harvard.

Native American Images note : 106 ink sketches and 105 pencil sketches by archaeologist Sylvanus Morley to illustrate his excavation descriptions of Mayan sites in Yaxchilan (1931), Calakmul (1932), Copan (1937, 1947), and Uxmal (1941-42). Primarily Mayan glyphs, images include diagrams of stairways, pyramids, and ball courts. Referenced in Murphy's Historical American Sketches, Freeman's Guide to manuscripts relating to the American Indian, with portions of the journals published, In Search of Maya Glyphs (1970).

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

39 volumes, typed.

39 volumes, typed.

Provenance

Presented by Mrs. Sylvanus G. Morley, 1955.

Location of originals:

Handwritten originals at Peabody Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Harvard University

Genre(s)

  • Diagrams.
  • Diaries.
  • Sketches.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Calakmul Site (Mexico)
  • Central America -- Description and travel.
  • Copan (Honduras)
  • Uxmal Site (Mexico)
  • Yaxchilan Site (Mexico)

Subject(s)

  • Archaeological expeditions -- Central America.
  • Archaeological expeditions -- Honduras
  • Archaeological expeditions -- Mexico
  • Archaeology -- Central America.
  • Indians of Central America -- Languages -- Writing
  • Indians of Central America -- Social life and customs
  • Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- Writing
  • Mayan languages -- Writing
  • Mayas


Detailed Inventory

Vol. 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1905 
Vol. 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1906 
Vol. 3, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1907 
Vol. 3, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1907 
Vol. 4. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1908 
Vol. 5. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Quirigua Field notes
1912 
Vol. 6. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1914 
Vol. 7. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1915 
Vol. 8. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Uaxactun Discovery
1916 
Vol. 9, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1917 
Vol. 9, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1917 
Vol. 9, part 3. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1917 
Vol. 10. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Guatemala City
1918 
Vol. 11. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Excavations at Quirigua
1919 
Vol. 12. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1920 
Vol. 13, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1921 
Vol. 13, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1921 
Vol. 13, part 3. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1921 
Vol. 14, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1922 
Vol. 14, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1922 
Vol. 15, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 15, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 15, part 3. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 15, part 4. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 15, part 5. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 15, part 6. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 15, part 7. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1923 
Vol. 16, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1924 
Vol. 16, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1924 
Vol. 17. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley
1925 
Vol. 18, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Yaxchilan Expedition
22 March-15 May 1931 
Sketch from vol. 18, part 1. Mayan glyphs
1931 
Vol. 18, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Yaxchilan Expedition
22 March-15 May 1931 
Sketch from vol. 18, part 2. Mayan glyphs
1931 
Sketch from vol. 18, part 2. Mayan temple
1931 
Vol. 19, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Calakmul Expedition
3 April-1 May 1932 
Sketch from vol. 19, part 1. Mayan glyphs
1932 
Sketch from vol. 19, part 1. Mayan glyphs
1932 
Vol. 19, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Calakmul Expedition
3 April-1 May 1932 
Vol. 20. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Copan Expedition
1937 
Vol. 21. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Uxmal Expedition
1941-1942 
Sketch from vol. 21. Great Pyramid, Uxmal
1941 
Sketch from vol. 21. Mayan glyphs
1941 
Sketch from vol. 21. Mayan glyphs
1941 
Vol. 22, part 1. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Central American Expedition
1944 
Vol. 22, part 2. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Central American Expedition
1944 
Vol. 23. Diary of Sylvanus Griswold Morley--Guatemala and Honduras Expedition
1947