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Excavation of Tres Zapotes Stela D, 1939
(stirling_24. Photograph by Richard H. Stewart, National Anthropological Archives)

Excavation of Tres Zapotes Stela D, 1939 (stirling_24.
Photograph by Richard H. Stewart,
National Anthropological Archives)

The more than 600 images in this database were selected from three different Smithsonian collections, two are housed in National Anthropological Archives and one is in the Smithsonian Archives.

The Matthew W. Stirling manuscript and photograph collection in the National Anthropological Archives (NAA) contains 75 glass lantern slides, which were taken by National Geographic Society Photographer, Richard H. Stewart between 1939 and 1946. Sixty-five of these slides were incorporated in the database.

The Alexander Wetmore collection, housed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives, consists of two albums of black and white photographs from various expeditions. Wetmore took about 100 photos during the expedition to Tres Zapotes in 1939.

The largest number of images comes from the Robert F. Heizer collection in the NAA, and is comprised of 35 mm and larger format slides, color and black and white negatives and prints and a few drawings. The majority of these images date from the 1950s, although some were taken in the 1960s and 1970s. Some images are duplicates of ones taken during the 1939-1946 expeditions, which Heizer presumably obtained from Stirling or Stewart.

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