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Frans Blom Papers

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 24

Scope and Contents

1919-1963.  The Frans Blom Papers consists of materials written or collected by Frans Blom, a prominent Danish archaeologist of Tulane University's Middle American Research Institute. Of special interest is his diary of anthropological field notes, with watercolor drawings, compiled during the 1925 Tulane University Expedition to Chiapas. Included are his Mexican gun permits, correspondence, published articles, and obituaries. Also includes his 1921-1922 diaries in Danish of explorations in Veracruz, with photos, maps, and drawings. 77 pieces.


  • 1919-1963


Language of Materials

English, Danish, and Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

Frans Blom was associated with Tulane University as staff member or head of the Middle American Research Institute from 1924-1941. Many of the holdings in the Latin American Library were acquired by Blom during that time. For a biography of his life, see Robert L. Brunhouse, Frans Blom, Maya Explorer . The bibliographic record is available via the following link:


77.00 Pieces

Arrangement Note

2 Hollinger boxes

Related Materials

A collection of archaeological site plans from Chiapas made by Blom are kept in Manuscript Collection 78 at the Latin American Library. An extensive collection of Blom manuscripts is located in the Bancroft Library (Z-R 8) at the University of California, Berkeley. A finding aid is available here:
Frans Blom Papers
Manuscript Collection 24, Manuscripts, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
Ruth Olivera and Michael F. Fry, July 1981. Revised by Ruth Olivera, October 1987 and September 1989
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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