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Jesus Cantu Medel - Museo Guadalupe Aztlan Collection

Identifier:  MSS 0467

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the organizational records of the Museo Guadalupe Aztlan and the personal memoirs of Jesus Cantu Medel, Founder and Director of Museo Guadalupe Aztlan. A large portion of this collection includes the program planning notes and flyers for the Museo’s signature events: the Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival, Dia de los Muertos Annual Celebration, Raza Youth Conference, and Sembradores de Aztlan Oral History Project.


  • Other: 1980 - 2017
  • Majority of material found in 1994-2016

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. For information regarding access to the content of the DVDs in this collection, contact the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Jesus Cantu Medel – Museo Guadalupe Aztlan Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Jesus Cantu Medel founded Museo Guadalupe Aztlan, a Chicano-themed museum, on March 1, 1994 in Houston, Texas and has, to date, served as executive director. The mission of the Museo is to promote indigenous folk art of the Americas and Chicano history, art and culture. The Museo operates as a museum-on-wheels and is often referred to as a “museum without walls” taking its events to local educational institutions. The Museo offers touring exhibits that include Huichol bead paintings from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexican retables from Olinala, Guerrero, Mayan huipils from Guatemala, and antique metates and molcahetes presented as a Mesoamerican culinary exhibit.

The museum’s first home was at Centro Aztlan at 5115 Harrisburg Boulevard in Houston. Since then, the Museo has been housed at the following Houston locations: the LULAC House at 3004 Bagby, Northside High School (formerly Jefferson Davis High School), Houston Community College: Southeast Campus, and Houston Community College: Northline Campus.

The Museo’s annual signature programs include Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival, Dia de los Muertos Annual Celebration, and the Raza Youth Conference. In addition, the museum collects interviews with Chicano/a activists and artists as part of their Sembradores de Aztlan oral history project.

In 1997 Medel began a collection of personal memoirs to document the unique experience of a Chicano museum professional and provide detailed narratives of Houston’s rich cultural history from the standpoint of a museum director. In 2000 Medel formed a working- title for a future publication that encapsulates this collection of memoirs: A la mera brava!: Personal Written Memoirs of Jesus Cantu Medel, M.Ed., A Chicano Museum Director (1997-2016).


4 Linear Feet (3 Boxes, 1 Poster)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


This collection is arranged into 4 series: Museo Guadalupe Aztlan, Community Activities, Memoirs, and Oversize Posters and Proclamations. Material is arranged by subject and then by date.

Series 1 Museo Guadalupe Aztlan

Series 1.1 Administration

Series 1.2 Newsletter

Series 1.3 Programming

Series 1.4 Cine Cuauhtemoc Pan American Film Festival

Series 1.5 Dia de los Muertos Annual Celebration

Series 1.6 Raza Youth Conference

Series 1.7 Sembradores de Aztlan Oral History Project

Series 2 Community Activities

Series 3 Memoirs

Series 4 Oversize Posters and Proclamations

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jesus Cantu Medel in 2014 through 2017.

Jesus Medel- Museo Guadalup Aztlan Collection
Mikaela Selley
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002