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Getty Conservation Institute Maya Initiative records, 1972-2016, undated

Getty Conservation Institute Maya Initiative records, 1972-2016, undated (bulk 1996-2016)

Scope and Content of Collection

The Maya Initiative records date from 1972 to 2016, undated (bulk 1996-2016) and primarily document the Getty Conservation Institute's collaborations with the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia (IHAH) of Honduras to develop a conservation strategy for the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán and with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y el Arte (CONCULTURA) of El Salvador to develop a site management plan for Joya de Cerén. The files cover the initial planning meetings that led to the Maya Initiative, as well as the logistical planning, progress, findings, and final outputs of the Copán and Joya de Cerén projects. Materials are a mix of analog and digital files and include signed project agreements with the GCI's partners, consultant contracts, project proposals and summaries, correspondence, budgets, meeting agenda and minutes, work plans, condition assessment drawings, archival and bibliographic research, technical data, reports, photographs, videocassettes, and press releases and articles about the initiative and the individual projects. The videocassettes consist of recordings of the first planning meeting, site visits, and interviews. Additional records in the collection include a small number of files pertaining to the El Salvador Earthquake Relief project, another collaboration with CONCULTURA. These materials include a copy of the signed agreement, correspondence, photos, research on temporary shoring, and a project proposal and description. There are no materials from the project's training course.

The digital materials in the collection consist of files copied from five Zip disks and 78 CD-ROMs and files maintained for the project on the GCI's shared network drive. They include a mix of text, image, database, ArcView, and CAD formats.

Network files are listed only at the top folder levels while files from CDs are listed at the disc level. A complete listing of files and folder names is available upon request.


Records are arranged in the following series: Series I. Administrative and general files, 1995-2015, undated; Series II. Copán, 1972-2015, undated (bulk 1996-2015); Series III. Joya de Cerén, 1996-2016, undated.

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