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Allison V. Armour expedition to Yucatán, Mexico photograph album
MS 023  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Allison V. Armour expedition to Yucatán, Mexico photograph album
    Date: 1895
    Collection Number: MS 023
    Creator: Field Museum of Natural History
    Source: Armour, Allison V.
    Source: Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933
    Extent: 1.56 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The collection consists of an album of photographs depicting the Allison V. Armour expedition to the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico, a research expedition undertaken in 1895 by curators from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Photographs in the album focus mainly on the Mayan ruins visited by members of the expedition, with additional photographs of local scenery and the expedition group.
    Languages: The collection is in English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Allison V. Armour expedition to Yucatán, Mexico photograph album (MS 023). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Provenance unknown.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, in 2017.
    Processing of the Guide to the Allison V. Armour expedition to Yucatán, Mexico photograph album was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

    Historical Note

    The Allison V. Armour expedition to Yucatán, Mexico, was a research expedition undertaken in 1895 for the Field Museum of Natural History, then known as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. Allison V. Armour was a wealthy patron of the museum who funded the expedition, which was meant to carry out research for the anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology departments of the museum. Jointly headed by the museum's Curator of Anthropology, William Henry Holmes, the expedition took two and a half months and explored areas of the Yucatán peninsula researching the Maya, Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of an album of 27 black and white photographs taken during the Allison V. Armour expedition to Mexico in 1895. Photographs in the collection show some of the locations explored by the group, including Chichén Itzá, Isla Mujeres, various cenotes and other ruins. Other photographs include shots of the expedition group and their transportation. All photographs in the album include short captions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Armour, Allison V.
    Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933
    Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico)
    Mayas -- Antiquities
    Scientific expeditions
    Yucatán Peninsula

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Black-and-white photographs