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Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey Conservation Project records, 1845-2000 and undated (bulk 1994-1997)

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Guide to the Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey Conservation Project Records, 1845-2000 and undated (bulk 1994-1997)

Scope and Content of Collection

The Royal Bas-Reliefs of Abomey Conservation Project records, dating 1993-2000 and undated (bulk 1994-1997), comprise materials used and created by the Getty Conservation Institute for the field project concerning the conservation of the bas-reliefs of the Royal Palaces of Abomey in the Republic of Benin, West Africa. Also included are reference materials dating from 1845 to the 1990s. The records consist of project administrative records (background reference material regarding Benin, correspondence, project agreements, budgets, project outlines and timelines, and meeting notes), field project materials (in-field conservation documentation, off-prints and references, and training materials), field reports, audio-visual recordings, and images. The materials document the development, operation, progress, and results of the Abomey conservation field project, the corresponding international conference on the Royal Palaces of Abomey, the Getty Conservation Institute print and video publications about the field project, and two related museum exhibitions.

Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in the following series:


Series I. Core project files, 1845-1998 and undated (bulk 1994-1997);


Series II. Project dissemination and promotion, 1993-1999 and undated;


Series III. Exhibitions, 1994-1995, 1997, 1999-2000 and undated;


Series IV. History Told on Walls video production records, 1994-1997 and undated;


Series V. Project administration records, 1988-1998 and undated. (CLOSED)




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