Isabel T. Kelly photograph collection of Totonac Indians and archeological sites in Mexico, circa 1947-1948

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.80-32
Creators:
Kelly, Isabel T. (Isabel Truesdell), 1906-
Kelly, Isabel T. (Isabel Truesdell), 1906-
Dates:
circa 1947-1948
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
75 mounted prints
silver gelatin
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made by Isabel T. Kelly in Tajin, Papantla, and elsewhere in Mexico. There are images of dances and dancers (including Volador "Flying" dance, Guagua, and Negrito dances), Totonac Indians, a Totonac wedding, and pyramids and relief sculpture at El Tajin Site. The photographs are enlarged prints, mounted and signed, that were made for an exhibit. In part, the images relate to work of the Institute of Social Anthropology and include photographs made by Isabel T. Kelly, George T. Smisor, Done Otto, Elena Guzman, Bertha B. Harris, and John McDonald; in some cases, multiple photographers documented the same event.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Isabel Truesdell Kelly (1906-1983) was an archeologist and social anthropologist who specialized in Mexican cultures and prehistory. Born in Santa Cruz, California, she developed a long-standing scholarly interest in anthropology while an undergraduate student at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB). She earned her BA (1926), MA (1927), and PhD (1932) in anthropology at UCB. From 1932-1934, Kelly conducted fieldwork with the Southern Paiute Indians as a National Research Fellow in the Biological Sciences. She then went to Mexico as a research associate under the direction of Carl Sauer and Alfred Kroeber; while there, she directed archeological investigations in Culiacan, Sinaloa. In 1936, she returned to UCB as Carl Sauer's teaching assistant and then conducted research with the Gila Pueblo Archeological Foundation in 1937. With minimal funding from UCB's Anthropology Department, Kelly returned to Mexico for archeological reconnaisance in 1939. She gained Mexican residency in 1940, finally settling in Tepepan. In 1946, Kelly became Ethnologist-in-Charge of the Smithsonian's Institute of Social Anthropology (ISA) Mexico City office; she taught and conducted research among the Totonac Indians in Veracruz and conducted health care research in El Salvador and Mexico. From 1952-1960, Kelly worked with the Institute of Inter-American Affairs (forerunner to the Agency for International Development), studying in Mexico, Bolivia, and Pakistan. In 1960, she returned to research in Mexico with the sponsorship of the Rockefeller Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation, and National Geographic Society.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 80-32

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 80-32, Isabel T. Kelly photograph collection of Totonac Indians and archeological sites in Mexico, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Totonac artifacts collected by Kelly held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accession 365366.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds Institute of Social Anthropology photographs (Photo Lot 4623) and the ISA records.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Donated by Isabel T. Kelly through Clifford Evans, 1980.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Dance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Flying dance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tajín Site (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mexico -- Antiquities Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tajín (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Piaroa Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Negritos Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Papantla de Olarte (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Totonac Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guzman, Elena Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harris, Bertha Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Done, Otto Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smisor, George T. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mcdonald, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smithsonian Institution. Institute of Social Anthropology Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/