Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas

At the beginning of the 50s, Frans Blom and Gertrudis Duby bought Vicente Guerrero's house to install a Center for Research and Scientific Studies. Having this center, it was important to have a specialized Library on the state of Chiapas and mainly on the Mayan Culture. Upon meeting several universities and researchers, Frans Blom asked for support for the formation of the bibliographic heritage. It is worth mentioning that the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Library is one of the first in terms of the aforementioned topics, thus there is also a space where national and foreign researchers leave research work carried out in the State, which is why the collection has books in different languages ​​such as, English, French, Italian, Danish, German among others.

Research headquarters

Frans Blom wrote to his friends around the world to request donations in order to have a library specialized in Mayan culture that would serve researchers on his visit to Chiapas. The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Library was the headquarters of the Harvard Chiapas Research Project and the University of Chicago, which settled in Na Bolom for long periods to carry out anthropological, archaeological and scientific research in general.

On the death of Frans Blom in 1963, Alfonso Caso, Raúl Anguiano and Gertrude Duby created the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Cultural Association in order to continue the research work begun by Frans Blom.


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