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1Creator/Collector:  Le Plongeon, Augustus, 1826-1908
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 Title:  Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Photographs of Chichén Itza, Uxmal and Yucatán  
 Dates:  1873-1910 
 Abstract:  Photographs by Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon document Maya architecture and sculpture at the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal in the Yucatán peninsula. Images of Yucatán towns, flora, fauna, and peoples are also included in the collection. 
 Number:  2007.R.8 
2Creator/Collector:  Desmond, Lawrence Gustave, 1935-
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 Title:  Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers relating to Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon  
 Dates:  1978-2009, undated 
 Abstract:  The Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers represent over 30 years of exhaustive research and writing by Lawrence Desmond on the lives and work of Mesoamerican archaeologists Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, who lived and traveled throughout Yucatán, Mexico, and Central America from 1873 to 1886, and were the first to systematically excavate and photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. Desmond's interest in the husband and wife team began during his graduate studies and they are the subject of his PhD dissertation and two books, A Dream of Maya: Augustus and Alice Le Plongeon in Nineteenth-century Yucatán with Phyllis Messenger (1988) and Yucatán through Her Eyes: Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, Writer & Expeditionary Photographer (2009). Included in the collection are research materials and correspondence assembled by Desmond over the course of his study of the Le Plongeons along with the drafts and manuscripts for his resulting publications. Inventories of the major holdings of original Le Plongeon photographs in the United States, and of the Dixon family in England, as well as copy photographs of those holdings, are also included. 
 Number:  2013.M.12 
3Creator/Collector:  Le Plongeon, Augustus, 1826-1908
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 Title:  Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Papers  
 Dates:  circa 1840-1937 (bulk 1860-1910) 
 Abstract:  The collection documents the archaeological excavations, fieldwork, research, and writings of the nineteenth-century photographers, antiquarians, and amateur archaeologists Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, the first persons to systematically excavate and photograph the Maya sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal (1873-1886). The couple's pioneering work in documenting Maya sites and inscriptions with photography, which in many cases recorded the appearance of sites and objects that have subsequently been damaged or lost, was overshadowed in their own lifetimes by their theories of Maya cultural diffusion, and in particular by their insistence that the Maya founded ancient Egypt. The Le Plongeon's work, and evidence of their wide-ranging interests, is found in manuscripts, diaries, correspondence, and photographs. The collection also contains papers belonging to Maude and Henry Field Blackwell, who inherited the literary estate of the Le Plongeons. 
 Number:  2004.M.18