Random Records of a Lifetime devoted to Sciences and Art, 1846-1931 : volume X, Transfer to the Museum June 10, 1910, the Guatemalian Trip, Powell Monuments, Seventieth Birthday Celebration, 1920

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This is the tenth of sixteen volumes that document the life and anthropological work of William Henry Holmes. He combined text and original supporting documents including drawings, watercolors, photographs, correspondence, official documents, news clippings, and memorabilia. The volume documents 1910 to 1920, and is divided into five sections. The first describes his transfer from the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Department of Anthropology at the U.S. National Museum. The second section covers monuments erected to Major John W. Powell in the Grand Canyon and Arlington, Virginia. Section three describes archaeological explorations of Guatemala in 1916 with Sylvanus G. Morley, known for his archaeological work relating to the Mayan culture. The section details work focusing on the inscriptions embodying glyphic dates. Field work occurred in Quiriqua in Guatemala and Copa in Honduras. Includes Spanish and English language news clippings discussing the work, images, and contains a portion of a related publication. There are portions of reports written about specific artifacts found (e.g. earthen vessel from Salvador, page 95) and detailed descriptions of sites investigated (e.g. "a Guatemalan mystery" page 88, and Copan quarry, page 92). Section four describes his seventieth birthday. The last section covers gallery activities from 1910 to 1920.

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  • Archaeology
  • Geology
  • Mayan art
  • Anthropology


  • Guatemala
  • Honduras


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Illustrations
  • Correspondence
  • Black-and-white photographs

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931 : Cullings, largely personal, from the scrap heap of three score years and ten, devoted to science, literature and art

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1 field book

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