La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation received, from Dr. Francis Robicsek, a collection of slides of architectural remains, monuments, and views of archaeological sites in Mesoamerica, taken by him in the mid-20th century. The slide collection is in the process of analysis and organization into a comprehensive database, which will be available to researchers and the interested public.
Dr. Robicsek also donated 23 sets (each set containing 5 books) of the “Biologia Centrali-Americana; or Contributions to the Knowledge of the Fauna and Flora of Mexico and Central America” by Alfred Percival Maudslay, which were reprinted from the original plates by Milpatron Publishing Corp, New York, in 1974.
Being a renowned cardiovascular surgeon in the United States, he is co-author of the books “The Maya Book of the Dead: The Ceramic Codex” (1981) and “Maya Ceramic Vases from the Late Classic Period: The November Collection of Maya Ceramics” (1982), which he published jointly with MA Donald Hales. He has been a strong contributor and donor to the Pre-Columbian collection of the Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina, and in the last decade he also contributed to La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation (USA), where he has donated at least 80 Pre-Columbian works of art to be repatriated to Guatemala through Fundación La Ruta Maya.
For all of the above, the Foundation is deeply grateful to Dr. Robicsek for his continued interest and support.