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Getty Conservation Institute Maya Initiative records, 1972-2016, undated (bulk 1996-2016)
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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 records are a mix of analog and digital files and 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. There are also some files pertaining to the El Salvador Earthquake Relief project, another collaboration with CONCULTURA under the Maya Initiative.
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) is an operating program of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a not-for-profit cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Established in 1985, the GCI's mission is to advance conservation practice in the visual arts, broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and cultural heritage sites. Working internationally, it serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.
33.11 Linear Feet (22 boxes, 25 videocassettes, and 4 flat files)
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Most of the records described in accessions 2013.IA.17, 2014.IA.41, 2015.IA.05, 2015.IA.11, 2016.IA.22, 2017.IA.42, 2017.IA.45, and 2018.IA.23 are available for use by qualified researchers. Public access to contracts in 2015.IA.05 and 2017.IA.45 is restricted.