Eber Cole Byam photograph and pamphlet collection of Mexico, circa 1896, 1903-1906, 1909, 1914-1919

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.85-10
Creators:
Byam, Eber Cole
Dates:
circa 1896, 1903-1906, 1909, 1914-1919
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
1 blueprint map
78 Prints
probably silver gelatin
7 Pamphlets
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs and pamphlets collected by Eber Cole Byam relating to American-owned rubber plantations and rubber cultivation in Chiapas, Mexico. They also include photographs depicting Mexicans, Lacandon Indians, dwellings, the Palenque Mayan site, religious schools, banana trains, mahogany cutting, and portraits of Francisco Orozco y Jimenez, Bishop of Chiapas and Archbishop of Guadalajara; they may include images of Eber Cole Byam and his family. The pamphlets include halftone prints of photographs by C. V. Cooper, published by the Castilloa Rubber Plantation Company, as well as publications by the Chiapas Rubber Plantation Company, Tulija River Plantation Company, and Palenke Rubber Plantation Company. The collection also includes some notes and records from Byam's time with the Chacamas Plantation Company.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Eber Cole Byam (1886?-1937) was raised on his parents' rubber plantation in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He was manager of the Chacamax Land Company, which had large holdings in Chiapas. Much of Byam's property was lost during the socialist revolution (1910-1920) and he became a vocal critic of revolutionary Mexico, accusing the movement of having purely anticlerical motives. He later became a member of the staff of Francis Clement Kelley, helping the Catholic bishop obtain documentation for his book "Blood-Drenched Altars" and other writings.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 85-10

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 85-10, Eber Cole Byam photograph and pamphlet collection of Mexico, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Given by Eber Cole Byam to Father John Steichen, Chancellor of a Catholic seminary in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Donated by Steichen through Robert Laughlin, a curator in the Department of Anthropology, in 1985.

Keywords
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Lacandon Indians Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Cooper, C.V. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Orozco y Jiménez, Francisco, 1864-1936 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palenke Rubber Plantation Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tulija River Plantation Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Castilloa Rubber Plantation Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chiapas Rubber Plantation Company Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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