Yucatan, Mexico, notebook and diary, 1895

ID: SIA RU007084

Creator: Holmes, William Henry, 1846-1933

Form/Genre: Fieldbook record

Date: 1895

Citation: William Henry Holmes Papers, 1870-1931

Usage Conditions Apply
The Smithsonian Institution Archives welcomes personal and educational use of its collections unless otherwise noted. For commercial uses, please contact photos@si.edu.
Request permissions Download image Print

Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


The notes and diary document the archaeological work of William Henry Holmes while Yucatan, Mexico, during 1895. He was working for the Field Museum of Chicago. The notebook contains field drawings of local inhabitants, buildings including structural details, notes with observations and personal impressions. There is a typed transcript of the first few pages. Loose notes (some headed "diary) are dated and often headed with location (e.g. Merida, Chichen [Itza?]). They describe travel enroute from Florida as well as observations and personal impressions of local communities. Also includes oversized drawing of an unidentified deserted settlement.

Date Range


Start Date


End Date


Access Information

Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu.


  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology


  • Yucatán
  • Mexico


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Diary
  • Sketches

Accession #

SIA RU007084

Collection name

William Henry Holmes Papers, 1870-1931

Physical Description

1 field book

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 3 Folder 20