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Tiahuanacu photographs

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 7876

Scope and Contents

Collection includes one photographic album of 29 photographs of the early findings of the Tiahuanacu excavation led by Arthur Posnansky (1873-1946) approximately 1900-1910. The photographs are of the city and temple ruins, some which have various pre-Incan symbols and designs. The most prominant is a depiction of Wirajhocacha.


  • approximately 1900-1910

Language of Materials

Materials are in Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Tiahuanacu photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


1 oversize box (1.0 linear ft.)


The collection was maintained in its original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

This collection was donated by Mark Grover in 2011. He received it from John Ovard in 2010. In 1985 John Ovard purchased it from the daughter of a man who was part of the original archeological team that began the dig.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mark L. Grover; 2010.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


Many of the photographs are included in the following publication: Posnansky, Arthur. "Tihuanacu the Cradle of American Man." New York: J.J. Augustin, (1945-. Print.) Vol 1-2. Vol. 3-4.

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.

Register of the Tiahuanacu photographs
Lionel Thomas
2011 June 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States