Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to the Mary Elmendorf collection, 1970-1971 and 1976


Collection ID:
Elmendorf, Mary L. (Mary Lindsay)
1970-1971 and 1976
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
Film reels
color silent

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Footage shot by Mary Elmendorf in Chan Kom, Yucatec, Mexico between 1970 and 1976. Ethnographic footage documents significant features of ritual and daily life in Chan Kom.
Supplementary material: annotations (recorded narratives).
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.


Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Mary Elmendorf in 1990 and 1994.

Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Conditions Governing Use
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Preferred Citation
Mary Elmendorf collection, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Numbers

Local Numbers
HSFA 1990-008


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Yucatec (Yacatec) Maya Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Human Studies Film Archives
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