National Anthropological Archives

MS 1201 Letter to Professor Spencer F. Baird

Collection ID:
Aymé, Louis Henri, 1855-1912
Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887
December 9, 1884
Physical Description:
14 Pages

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Concerns archaeological field work in the area of the Monte Alban ruins in Oaxaca. Letter written by Ayme in Oaxaca describes his excavations in three areas. The first at an hacienda called Nazarene, at the foot of Monte Alban; a second along a river bank, one mile west of the hacienda, and a third just north of the Oaxaca road, a mile east of Nazarene. The report describes the tombs he encountered and includes rough sketches of these structures and a few of the artifacts. At the close of the letter, Ayme asks for additional funds to continue his work, so as to "put...into your hands a superb, unequalled collection of Mexican antiquities."

Using the Collection
Manuscript 1201, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

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Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 1201

Local Note
Local Note
The United States National Museum has a fairly large collection of Zapotec funerary urns and assorted ceramic objects donated by Ayme. For details, see list in Anthropology Processing Lab, United States National Museum.
Local Note
The Manuscript bears a stamp which reads, "Bureau of American Ethnology. Manuscript Vault. April, 1926."
Local Note
autograph document

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Mexico -- Monte Alban -- Nazarene Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Zapotec Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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