Jesus Cantu Medel - Museo Guadalupe Aztlan Collection
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
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.
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
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
Donated by Jesus Cantu Medel in 2014 through 2017.
- Community museums Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Film festivals Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Indigenous art Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Memoirs -- biography Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican American arts Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Museums and minorites Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Nonprofit organizations -- Texas -- Houston. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Small museums Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jesus Medel- Museo Guadalup Aztlan Collection
- Mikaela Selley
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