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Archives[edit | edit source]

Central American Archives
Center for Research Libraries
6050 S. Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-2804
Telephone: (800) 621-6044/(773) 955-4545
Email: mwilke@crl.edu
Website: Central American Archives
Website #2: Central American Archives

These archives encompass six million pages of original primary source documents (many of which are unique copies) spanning more than three centuries, from 1519 to 1898. They document Spanish rule in the New World from the founding of the city of Antigua, in Guatemala. The collection documents all aspects of commerce, politics, and development throughout El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Yucatan and Chiapas regions of Mexico. Central American Archives is a rich resource for Latin American, Central American, and Spanish studies.

Center for Regional Research of Mesoamerica (CIRMA)
5a. Calle Oriente No. 5
La Antigua, Sacatepéquez
Telephone: (502) 7931-0300
Email: cirma@cirma.org.gt
Website: Historical Archive
Website #2: Center for Mesoamerican Research
Website #3: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA)

The Historical Archive has as its main purpose to protect part of the country's historical memory through the rescue, organization, conservation and dissemination of documentary archives. The materials come from non-governmental institutions and private collections and are presented in different formats (paper, digital, microfilm, audio and video). These archives, some unique and others little known, enrich the national historical legacy and offer different points of view of Guatemalan society over time. Its collections, some of which are recognized as the nation's cultural heritage, date from the 16th century to the present, with an emphasis on the contemporary period starting in 1944. It currently houses 135 collections made up of more than eight million documents.

Historical Archive of the National Police
10 00, Avenida La Pedrera
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2269 0628
Website: Historical Archive of the National Police
Website #2: Historical Archive of the National Police
Website #3: Archives of Dictatorship
Website #4: National Police Historical Archive

A product of broad international collaboration, these digitized documents from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive (AHPN) aim to facilitate scholarly and legal research into a vast cache of historical documentation.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Academy of Geography and History of Guatemala
3a Avenida 8-35 zona 1
Guatemala
Telephone: (502) 2253 5141
Email: acgeohis@gmail.com
Website: Academy of Geography and History of Guatemala
Website #2: Academia de Geografía e Historia de Guatemala

Central Library (Biblioteca Central)
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC)
Educational Resources Building
Ciudad Universitaria Zona 12
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2418 7880
Website: Biblioteca Central
Website #2: Biblioteca Central USAC
Website #3: Biblioteca Universidad San Carlos
Website #4: Biblioteca Central USAC

Dr. Isidro Iriarte Landivariana library SJ
Lomas de Ciudad Vieja Dos
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2426 2626
Website: Dr. Isidro Iriarte Landivariana library SJ
Website #2: Rafael Landívar University Library

The Library (Biblioteca Banco De Guatemala Y Fundacion Cultural Duane Carter)
Portal of the Panaderas # 2
La Antigua Guatemala
Telephone: (502) 7832 8381
Email: Elquintopatio@gmail.com
Website: The Library
Website #2: Duane Carter Library
Website #3: Duane Carter Foundation
Website #4: The Duane library

Library of the Faculty of Engineering
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2418 8000 ext. 1541
Email: biblioteca@ing.usac.edu.gt
Website: Library of the Faculty of Engineering

Library Municipality Santa Catarina Pinula
Guatemala City
Website: Library Municipality Santa Catarina Pinula

Ludwig von Mises Library
Francisco Marroquín University
Manuel F. Ayau Street (6 final street), zone 10
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2338 7821
Email: bibliocons@ufm.edu
Website: Ludwig von Mises Library

National Library of Guatemala "Luis Cardoza y Aragón"
5 Avenida 7-26, Guatemala
Telephone: (502) 2232 2443
Email: bibliotecanacional@mcd.gob.gt
Website: National Library of Guatemala
Website #2: Biblioteca Nacional De Guatemala

National Newspaper Library of Guatemala (Hemeroteca Nacional de Guatemala)
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2232 7625
Website: National Newspaper Library of Guatemala
Website #2: National Hemeroteca "Lic. Clemente Marroquín Rojas "
Website #3: Hemeroteca Nacional

Riecken Community Libraries
La Fundación Riecken
Calle Real de Jocotenango Lotificación El Pedregal No.9
Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez
Telephone: (502) 7888 7308/(650) 206 2539
Email: info@rieckenlibraries.org
Website: Riecken Community Libraries
Website #2: Riecken Community Libraries
Website #3: Bibliotecas Comunitarias Riecken

Museums[edit | edit source]

Azul Maya Archaeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico Azul Maya) )
Calle Monte Rey
Panajachel
Telephone: (502) 7762 0257
Website: Azul Maya Archaeological Museum

The Azul Maya Archaeological Museum is a small gallery that showcases original objects discovered across all of Guatemala’s Mayan regions. The museum’s founder established the exhibition after gathering artifacts while traveling extensively through the country.

Miraflores Museum (Museo Miraflores)
Miraflores Mall
7a calle 21-55, Zona 11
Paseo Miraflores
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2208 0550
Website: Museo Miraflores
Website #2: Museo Miraflores
Website #3: Museo Miraflores
Website #4: Museo Miraflores
Website #5: Museo Miraflores

Located in present-day Guatemala City, the Museo Miraflores is placed on what was the southern end of the ancient Maya city of Kaminaljuyú. The museum showcases over 2000 years of artifacts which were excavated from the site including pottery, jewelry, sculpture and obsidian objects. The museum is located a short drive from Kaminaljuyú archaeological park.

Museum of the University of San Carlos (MUSAC) (Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos (MUSAC))
9a. avenue 9-79 zone 1
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2232 0721
Email: infomusac@musacenlinea.org
Website: Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos MUSAC
Website #2: Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos
Website #3: Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Website #4: Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos
Website #5: Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos MUSAC

The Museum of the University of San Carlos was created as an academic museum, open for the meeting between the people and people linked to art, science, history and culture.

National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología)
6a Calle
Sala 5, Finca La Aurora, Zona 13
Guatemala City
Telephone: (502) 2475 4399/2475 4010
Email: info@munae.gob.gt
Website: Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología
Website #2: Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología
Website #3: Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología
Website #4: Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología

This museum has the country's biggest collection of ancient Maya artifacts, but explanatory information is very sparse. There's a great wealth of monumental stone sculpture, including Classic-period stelae from Tikal, Uaxactún and Piedras Negras; a superb throne from Piedras Negras; and animal representations from Preclassic Kaminaljuyú..

For a list of museums in Guatemala, go to List of museums in Guatemala in Wikipedia.