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Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Photographs of Chichén Itza, Uxmal and Yucatán, 1873-1910

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Le Plongeon (Augustus and Alice Dixon) Photographs

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of photographs by Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon documents Maya architecture and sculpture at the archaeological sites of Chichén Itzá and Uxmal in the Yucatán peninsula. Images of the towns, flora, fauna, and peoples of Yucatán are also included. One photograph shows Alice Le Plongeon in front of the Pyramid of Kinich Kak Moo at Izamal. A late portrait of Alice Le Plongeon is also present.

Photographs taken during the Le Plongeons's visits to Chichén Itzá between 1873 and 1883 include general views of Chichén Itzá, and views and details of the Upper and Lower Temples of the Jaguars, Las Monjas, La Iglesia, Akab-Dzib, and the Platform of Venus. Also included are a photograph of Alice Le Plongeon and workers with the Chacmool statue shortly after it was excavated, and another view of the statue after it had been taken to Mexico City and installed in the National Museum.

Photographs taken during the Le Plongeons's stay at Uxmal in 1876 include general views as well as views and details of the Adivino Pyramid and Chenes Temple, the Nunnery Quadrangle, and the Governor's Palace. The couple's activities at the site are represented by a photograph of the Le Plongeons in their living quarters in the Governor's Palace and by photographs taken by Alice of Augustus photographing the east facade of the Governor's Palace and making molds of its reliefs.

During their years in Yucatán both the Le Plongeons took and developed photographs. Photographs known to have been made by Alice Le Plongeon or unidentified photographers are labeled as such, otherwise the photogrpahs can be attributed to Augustus and/or the couple. The photographs are on cardboard mounts and are either albumen or collodion prints, as noted. Dates recorded are for the date the original negatives were made. The collodion prints were made in the late 1880s and 1890s, whereas the albumen prints were made closer to the dates that the images were taken. Unless otherwise noted, the mounts are annotated in the hand of Maude Blackwell, a close friend of the Le Plongeons. Annotations such as "Blackwell," "property of Maude Blackwell," or similar wording, and phrases such as "Photograph by Dr. Le Plongeon," "Le P.," or "Plongeon" are found on most mounts. Titles of the photographs are devised by the cataloger, except as noted.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series:
Series I. Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon Photographs of Chichén Itza, Uxmal and Yucatán, 1873-1910.




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