Someone’s treasure: a legacy for all? The future of La Antigua Guatemala’s Casa K’ojom

The Casa K’ojom in La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, houses a unique collection of physical objects and audiovisual materials devoted to Mayan cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. What began as a private collection has evolved into a museum where thousands of visitors have learned about Mayan culture and music. This paper highlights the development and care of the collections from the perspective of the Casa K’ojom’s founder and current director, Samuel Franco Arce. It reviews the steps he is taking to preserve the collection’s analogue and digital material for the future, all the while not neglecting important non-digital artefacts. It also proposes future solutions to issues within an archive that has to address constantly changing technologies, user needs, audiovisual formats and intellectual property rights laws.


This article is part of the book ‘SOIMA: Unlocking Sound and Image Heritage