Guatemala: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica, CIRMA; Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales ; Wellfleet, MA : Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies, 2014. b/w and color plates, facs., bibliographical references (pages 59-65), color pict. fldg. wrps. Item #112364
Email exchanges with the authors regarding the discovery of the lost second and third 16th-century municipal council books of Santiago de Guatemala by Dutch historian Sebastian van Doesburg started a discussion about individual versus collective ownership of historical documents. The books are presently part of the holdings of the Hispanic Society of America in New York and represent an example of the systematic processes of the expropriation of cultural artifacts from the Central and South regions. "Why are these and many other invaluable documents -the Mayan texts known as "Solalá Memorial" and the "Popol Vuh" or the Aztec manuscript known as the "Códice Mendoza", to mention just three examples- not in Guatemala or Mexico but in repositories of the United States and Europe? The subject is extremely sensitive and complex, so the discussion should be considered preliminary and discreet, aware of the factors that distinguish the categorical theft and the best-known means of collecting." (HKB Translation) --Page 3. CONTENTS: Incidentes en el Archivio -- Les costumbres del siglo XIX -- Escenarios guatemaltecos -- Hiersemann, Huntington y la Hspanic Society of America -- Anexo I: El informe de Karl H. Berendt (1877) -- Anexo 2: Titulos centroamericanos del Catálogo 418 de Karl W. Hiersemann (1913).