Frances Bristol collection
Scope and Contents
- Bristol, Frances (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
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Biographical / Historical
Frances’ keen observation skills and interest in detail prompted her to begin illustrating and recording her observations and researching textiles to better understand their manufacture, proper use, and meaning. Frances began compiling her notes, drawings and photographs in three-ring notebooks, organized by district and town. Between 1952 and 1995 Frances acquired over 500 objects, mostly textiles, all meticulously recorded in her notebooks.
Having made the acquaintance of Dr. William S. Godfrey, professor of anthropology at Beloit College during her travels in Oaxaca, Frances, in the end, decided to donate her collection to the Logan Museum of Anthropology.
7,706 Photographic Slides
290 Photographic Prints
32 Volumes : notebook binders
78 Photographic Prints : negatives
Language of Materials
Other Finding Aids
The guide also makes reference to 12 supplemental appendices which provide more detailed informationon the materials in the Bristol Collection. Please see the links below to access these documents.
Appendix 1: Slide Information Visual Key: This PDF is a key and visual guide for the coding system and information written on Bristol’s slides.
Appendix 2: Cataloged and Culled Slides, Photographs, Negatives Finding Aid: The finding aid for all cataloged and culled slides, photographs, and negatives is available as an Excel workbook in Appendix 2. The workbook contains three spreadsheets: (1) a box level inventory for all materials; (2) an itemized inventory for all cataloged slides, photographs, and negatives; (3) an itemized inventory of all culled slides, photographs, and negatives.
Appendix 3: Field Notebooks Locations Index: This Excel workbook is an index of all the locations that appear in the field notebooks Costumes and Customs of Oaxaca, Vol. 1-5, States of Mexico, Vol. 1-5, and Guatemala. Bristol, like many of contemporary Oaxacan scholars, organized information on textile traditions and indigenous ccommunities by their location or community of origin. The index details inhabited place, district, state/department and the page number and notebook in which they appear.
Appendix 4: Field Notebooks Collection Objects Index: This Excel workbook is an index of all the collection objects that appear in the field notebooks Costumes and Customs of Oaxaca, Vol. 1-5, States of Mexico, Vol. 1-5, and Guatemala. Only 90 of the collection’s 423 objects are documented in the notebooks. The index details the Bristol object catalog number, object type, locality, and the page number and notebook in which they appear.
Appendix 5: Field Notebooks Persons Index: This Excel spreadsheet is an index of all named people that appear in the field notebooks Costumes and Customs of Oaxaca, Vol. 1-5. This includes Bristol’s friends, acquaintances, weavers/makers, collectors, vendors, anthropologists, authors, academics, etc. The index lists people by name as they appear, their occupation or relationship to Bristol (if discernable), locality where they appear, and the page number and notebook in which they appear.
Appendix 6: Supplementary Notebooks Index: This Excel workbook is an index and general summary of the content for all of Bristol’s Supplementary notebooks: Maps and Notes, Fiesta Crafts, Shops, Hotels, Schondube, Flora & Customs, Views, Dance. Each notebook has a separate tab in the workbook. The indexes detail the notebook, main sections and sub-section headers, the locality, page numbers and brief notes where applicable.
Appendix 7: Visual Key to Bristol’s Catalog Cards: This document shows how Frances Bristol’s catalog cards were transcribed into the Logan Museum’s collections management software system (Re:Discovery Proficio). The entire catalog card was transcribed verbatim into the “Notes” field to allow for maximum search results. Then select pieces of information were entered into their corresponding database field.
Appendix 8: Catalog Notebooks Index: This Excel workbook is an index for the catalogs: State of Oaxaca 1 - Huipiles, Skirts, Belts, Bags, Trajes de Hombres, State of Oaxaca 2 - Servilletas y Manteles, Mexican Textiles, Guatemala. It lists each object’s Bristol catalog number and the page on which it appears.
Appendix 10: Key to Bristol’s Catalog Numbers: This document is a key to the Bristol’s catalog numbering system.
Appendix 11: Annotated Bibliography: This annotated bibliography, compiled by NEH-funded project consultant Dr. William W. Wood as an additional research aid, includes publications on topics relevant to the Bristol collection including: Oaxacan/Mexican indigenous history, indigenous identity politics, textile production and weaving,textiles and material culture, tourist art, ethno tourism/salvage paradigm, craft markets, and craft production.
Appendix 12: Spanish and Textile Terminology: This document is a list of essential textile terminology and Spanish words for objects found in the collection or Bristol’s documents.
Existence and Location of Copies
- Indian textile fabrics--North America Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Indians of Mexico Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexico Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Oaxaca (Mexico : State) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Textile crafts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Tourism Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Weaving Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Frances Bristol Collection
- In Progress
- Carolyn Jenkinson and Stacey Erdman
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