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Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Papers, circa 1840-1937 (bulk 1860-1910)

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Le Plongeon (Augustus and Alice Dixon) Papers

Title: Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Papers
Dates: circa 1840-1937 (bulk 1860-1910)
Number: 2004.M.18
Creator/Collector: Le Plongeon, Augustus
Extent: 39.4 Linear Feet (63 boxes)
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.
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Language: Collection material is in English, Spanish, and French.
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
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Author: Beth Ann Guynn


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