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Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers relating to Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon, 1978-2009, undated

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Desmond (Lawrence) Papers

Title: Lawrence Gustave Desmond papers relating to Augustus and Alice Dixon Le Plongeon
Dates: 1978-2009, undated
Number: 2013.M.12
Creator/Collector: Desmond, Lawrence Gustave, 1935-
Extent: 17.66 Linear Feet (29 boxes)
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.
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Language: Collection material is in English with some Spanish; Castilian.
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
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Author: Beth Ann Guynn and Linda Kleiger


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