The Tonatiúh and Electra Gutiérrez collection of maps and images of the Americas spans more than three centuries and includes
maps of North and South America, several world maps, and iconography of life, fauna and rituals in the Americas. It was assembled
by the Gutiérrezes as they researched the early history and exploration of the Americas.
Tonatiúh Gutiérrez was the son of a high Mexican government official who served during the years of President Lázaro Cárdenas.
An Olympic swimmer in his youth, Gutiérrez became a professor of economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
(UNAM), as well as promoter of the popular and traditional arts. During the 1960s he was the director of expositions of the
National Tourist Council of Mexico, and in the 1970s served as the head of the Fideicomiso para el Fomento de las Artesanias
(later known as Fondo Nacional para el Fomento de Artesanias, FONART), an important state trust for the promotion of folk
art. Electra López Mompradé de Gutiérrez was the daughter of Spanish republicans exiled to Mexico in 1939. She became an expert
in pre-Columbian dance and dress and Mexican culture and history. The couple lived in the district of Coyoacán in Mexico City
until Gutiérrez's death after which Mompradé moved to Spain.
42.48 linear feet
(24 boxes, 20 flatfile folders)
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