The collection comprises Lawrence G. Desmond's photographic documentation of symposia organized by the Moses Mesoamerican
Archive and Research Project (MMARP) held between 1982 and 1999. Included are approximately 1,700 black-and-white and color
slides and 179 gelatin silver prints including a panoramic print of the 1989 symposium participants at the Templo Mayor Museum
in Mexico City.
Archaeologist, author and photographer, Lawrence Gustave Desmond, was born in San Francisco in 1935. His interest in photography
began as a pre-teen growing up in the nearby small town of San Carlos. After receiving a BA from the University of Santa Clara
in 1957 Desmond saw active duty as a Coast Guard officer from 1957 to 1960 and served in the coast Guard Reserve through the
1960s, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He completed an MBA at San Jose State in 1964 and went on to a career in
human resources and management development with Silicon Valley electronic manufacturing companies. During this period Desmond
developed an interest in Mesoamerican archaeology to the extent that he left his business career to pursue studies first at
the Universidad de Las Americas in Cholula, México, where he received an MA in cultural anthropology in 1979, and then at
the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was awarded a PhD in anthropology and archeology in 1983. It was during his time
at Boulder that he first became involved with the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project (MMARP) for which he ultimately
became its unofficial photographer.
9.0 linear feet
(6 boxes and 1 flatfile)
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