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Chichen Itza (Chichén Itzá), probably 1924-1926

Identifier: EHM07.05_002

Scope and Contents

This photo album contains 153 images of excavations at Chichen Itza. The images show people at work in addition to scenes of portions of the complex at different stages of excavation. Ann Morris and Earl Morris are depicted in at least one photograph each. Some photographs show contemporary (non-archaeological) buildings, a family, and streetside fruit sellers. The album does not contain a title page, captions, or any indication of dates.


  • Creation: probably 1924-1926


Conditions Governing Access

Some items in this collection have been restricted either in keeping with the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials or because of legal protections afforded to archaeological sites by the 1979 Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Detailed explanations are available below. By default, these items are not available for in-person research or for viewing online. Individuals or groups seeking access to restricted material should contact the museum at the address below.

Many photographs in this collection show the remains of native ancestors as well burial sites. With the goal of practicing cultural sensitivity, the museum has restricted all images of human remains, images meant to document burial sites, and images of funerary objects. Whether in person or through digital copy, these items are unavailable to the general public. In cases when museum staff could not determine the origin of an object, we have used context to make case-by-case judgments while erring on the side of restricting the image. Textual documents which inventory or otherwise concern human remains, however, have not been restricted. Researchers should be aware that they will frequently encounter descriptions of remains in field catalogues, reports, and journals. In these documents, deceased individuals are frequently referred to as 'specimens' or 'mummies.' In addition, field journals and photographs occasionally document unethical treatment of these individuals. Individuals or groups with concerns about the public availability of this material are encouraged to contact the museum at the email provided above.

Section §470hh of ARPA states that “Information concerning the nature and location of any archaeological resource for which the excavation or removal requires a permit or other permission under this chapter … may not be made available to the public…” Accordingly, we have restricted items that provide detailed information about the location of an archaeological site. The restricted items in this category are most often maps and, less frequently, textual documents that provide instructions on how to navigate to a site. Those seeking access to these items or those with concerns should contact the musem at the email provided above.


1 volumes (documents by form) : The photographs in this album show signs of warping and acidification. The corner mounts by which photos are attached to individual pages are often failing, leaving photographs partially unattached. One group of photographs has not been mounted in the album but instead is tucked loose between the pages. About half of the album's pages are in use. In March 2022, the photographs were taken out of the album and rehoused in an appropriately sized box. This rehousing coincided with the album's digitization; images of the album before deconstruction are available. The album book itself has been kept but is stored separately from the photographs. ; 11" x 7"

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian

Repository Details

Part of the CU Museum of Natural History Repository

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University of Colorado at Boulder
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