Unearthing the Maya: Highlights of the Stuart Collection


Maudslay at Chichén Itzá

Unearthing the Maya was curated by Sarah E. Fass, who also wrote the introduction for this Web site. The essays describing George Stuart’s career and the Stuart Collection were written by Charles B. McNamara, Curator of Rare Books, using a variety of sources, including information provided by Professor Vincas P. Steponaitis of the Department of Anthropology. Dr. McNamara’s photographic and editorial skills were invaluable in the creation of both the Web site and the exhibition itself. The curator would like to acknowledge her debt to the donors, George and Melinda Stuart, for their generosity—with both time and information—during the preparation of the exhibition. Thanks are also due to Susan Bales, Libby Chenault, Roberta Engleman, Tanya Fortner, Sandi Honnold, Jan Paris, and Amanda Ross for the editorial and/or logistical help they provided. Alison S. Duncan produced the graphic design for this Web site.

Illustration Sources

EXHIBITION INDEX: “General View of Palenque” by Frederick Catherwood is reproduced from plate VI of Catherwood’s Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan ([México, D.F.: Editora del Sureste], 1984). George Stuart wrote the introductory essay for this facsimile of the 1844 edition.

CREDITS PAGE: The photograph of Alfred P. Maudslay, taken at Chichén Itzá in 1889 by Henry Sweet, is reproduced from plate 10 of Part V (July 1895) of Volume III of Maudslay’s Archaeology (London: Published for the editors by R. H. Porter...and Dulau & Co., 1889–1902). See checklist no. 16 for fuller bibliographical details.

OTHERS: The border that appears throughout this Web site is reproduced from Land of the Maya: A Traveler’s Map (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 1989) by George Stuart. The photograph of George Stuart in the George E. Stuart section of this Web site was taken by Melinda Young Stuart and is reproduced with her permission. The drawings by George E. Stuart in the George E. Stuart and The Stuart Collection sections of this site are reproduced courtesy of the artist. The photograph of Augustus Le Plongeon in The Stuart Collection section of this site is from the group of photographs compiled by Lawrence G. Desmond that is now part of the Stuart Collection. The drawing of Tikal by Tatiana Proskouriakoff that appears in The Stuart Collection section is reproduced from her book An Album of Maya Architecture (Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1946) courtesy of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The map of Yucatán and Guatemala reproduced in The Stuart Collection section is in the Stuart Collection. The watercolors of Maya pottery by Annie G. Hunter in The Stuart Collection section are reproduced from plate XLVII in Examples of Maya Pottery in the Museum and Other Collections (Philadelphia: University Museum, 1925–1943) courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. All other images are reproduced from books or other original materials in the Stuart Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fuller bibliographical details for books can be found in the checklist.

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