Désiré Charnay photographs of Mitla, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Palenque, circa 1857

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.4449
Creators:
Charnay, Désiré, 1828-1915
Dates:
circa 1857
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
12 prints
albumen
1 print
silver gelatin
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made by Désiré Charnay depicting the Grand Palace at Mitla, the Governor's Palace at Uxmal, a nunnery at Chichen Itza, and a large stone tablet at Palenque.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Claude Joseph Désiré Charnay (1828-1915), a French archeologist and pioneer of expeditionary photography, explored and documented Mexico and Central America. He was commissioned by the French government in 1857 to collect artifacts and document archeological sites in Mexico. Charnay completed three tours between 1858-1860, 1880-1882, and 1886; the latter two trips were funded by New York resident Pierre Lorillard and were largely photographic expeditions. Charnay later went to Madagascar (1863), North America (1867-70), South America (1875), Australia and Oceania (1878), and Central America (1880-83). He was among the first to use photography to record Meso-American archaeological sites, as well as the Indians of Mexico whom he encountered.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Copy negatives in 43,193.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 4449

Bibliography
Bibliography
Photographs may have been published in Désiré Charnay Cités et ruines Américaines. Mitla, Palenqué, Izamal, Chichen-Itza, Uxmal. Recueillies et photographiees par D. Charnay. Avec un texte par [E.E.] Viollet-le-Duc, suivi du voyage et des documents de l'auteur. With atlas. (Paris: Gide, 1862-1863).

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
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Conditions Governing Use note
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 4449, Désiré Charnay photographs of Mitla, Uxmal, Chichen Itza, and Palenque, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Casts made by Charnay held in the Department of Anthropology collections in accessions 042420 and 013211.

Contained in
Contained in
Numbered manuscripts 1850s-1980s (some earlier)

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Probably donated to the Bureau of American Ethnology circa 1948.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Uxmal Site (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mitla Site (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palenque Site (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chichén Itzá Site (Mexico) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mexico -- Antiquities Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/