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John Geddings Gray 1928 Memorial Expedition Papers

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 086

Scope and Contents

December 30, 1927-August 5, 1928.  Frans Blom diaries and records written during the 1928 Gray Memorial Expedition to Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. Also includes the diary of expedition medic Louis Bristow and Blom's calendar notes, archaeological notes, and notes on plant names.  20 pieces. The collection consists of diaries, notes, records, and photographs made during the Gray Memorial Expedition to Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala. This was Tulane's 4th expedition to Middle America and was considered the most ambitious and dangerous. Frans Blom headed the expedition. Other members were Louis Bristow, Webster McBryde, Ciriaco Aguilar, and Gustav Kanter. While most of the papers here were written by Blom, the diary of Louis Bristow, who served as expedition doctor, is also included. Photographs of the expedition are found in Photograph Collection 41. Please click the link below.


  • 1927-1928


Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.


20.00 Pieces

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in a single clamshell box containing 13 loose items numbered 1 - 13 that are diaries and field notebooks of the expedition members followed by folders 1 - 6.

John Geddings Gray 1928 Memorial Expedition Papers
Manuscript Collection 86, Manuscripts, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
Ruth Olivera, September 1989; revised by Philip S. MacLeod, March 2001
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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