MEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are U.S. tax-deductible.
If you prefer to donate by mail, please make check payable to Maya Educational Foundation and send to:
Maya Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
Or call us at:
Tel. (508) 349-1330
The Maya Educational Foundation supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and sustains programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.


(Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica) 
The Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA) is a non profit foundation created in Antigua, Guatemala in 1978. For almost four decades CIRMA has been recognized internationally for its dedication to the rescue and preservation of Guatemala’s visual and documentary patrimony. 

Different kinds of materials being consulted at CIRMA's Historical Archive

CIRMA is currently working to systematically organize, digitize and increase access to all of the documents and photographs as well as promoting the best practices in preservation among all those interested in the safeguard of humanity’s cultural patrimony.

MEF’s support of CIRMA focuses on their unique historical and photographic archives and their comprehensive library specializing in the social sciences, with books and periodicals pertaining to the Mesoamerican region. The collections consist of materials acquired by CIRMA, as well as collections of current, historic and rare materials donated from private collections. MEF students benefit from having access to do research at CIRMA.

For more information on 
CIRMA’s recent activities, 
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CIRMA’s inaugural project in 1978 was the creation of the Social Science Library, which today is both quantitatively and qualitatively one of the largest of its kind in Central America. The library houses approximately 45,300 titles, as well as a large number of journals and documents. Among its holdings are the Franz Termer Collection, with books dating from the seventeenth century; and the Antique Books Collection, with volumes dating from the early eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. 
Photographic Archive

The Fototeca Guatemala (Historical Photograph Archive), created in 1979, represents the most important effort to rescue the visual historical memory of Guatemala. It traces different ethnic, social and political groups from 1850 to the present day and provides a rich visual record of the country's historical evolution. It is the most important collection in Guatemala and Central America alike, and its contents reflect cultural traditions, daily life, art, architecture, politics and even natural disasters. The Fototeca currently houses over a million and a half images. 
Historical Archive

In 1997, CIRMA founded its Historical Archive, unique in all of Central America. Its collections range from the eighteenth century to the present day, with special emphasis on the contemporary period. The archive's mission is to rescue, organize, preserve and promulgate documents from non-governmental institutions and individuals alike. Currently, the Historical Archive houses 130 collections totaling some eight million and a half documents. The Archive plays a key role in recuperating the historical memory of the nation. 

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