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INVENTORY OF THE TONATIÚH AND ELECTRA GUTIÉRREZ COLLECTION OF MAPS AND IMAGES OF THE AMERICAS, 1523-1904
P840001  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Other Finding Aids note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tonatiúh and Electra Gutiérrez collection of maps and images of the Americas
    Date (inclusive): 1523-1904
    Number: P840001
    Creator/Collector: Gutiérrez, Electra
    Creator/Collector: Gutiérrez, Tonatiúh, 1929-
    Physical Description: 42.48 linear feet (24 boxes, 20 flatfile folders)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: 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.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Tonatiúh Gutiérrez, whose forename means "the sun" in Nahuatl, was the son of a high Mexican government official during the heady pro-indigenous years of President Lázaro Cárdenas, when many Mexican children were given Aztec names. Electra López Mompradé de Gutiérrez was the daughter of Spanish republicans exiled to Mexico in 1939. During his youth, Gutiérrez became a skilled photographer and a medal-winning professional swimmer. He competed in several high-profile competitions including the 1948 and 1952 Summer Olympics. Gutiérrez was considered flamboyant, charismatic, and an impressive individual who could fill social gatherings with his passionate energy. He was a professor of economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and became a promoter of the popular 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. Mompradé, as Gutiérrez, became an expert in pre-Columbian dance and dress and Mexican culture and history. The couple lived together in the district of Coyoacán in Mexico City until Gutiérrez's death when shortly thereafter, Mompradé moved to Spain.
    Gutiérrez and Mompradé were considered important collectors who moved in fashionable intellectual circles in Mexico. They dedicated decades of their lives to researching and publishing books concerning popular culture, folklore, art, geography and history of Mexico and the Americas. Proficient in multiple languages, they conducted research in various cities throughout the Americas and Europe, including Mexico City, San Diego, San Francisco, Austin, Madrid, Paris, and London. As scholars, they co-authored the majority of their works and wrote important monographs on the history of Mexico, in particular its iconography and cartography.

    Other Finding Aids note

    For item-level cataloging of rare books and maps in the collection, search the library's online catalog  for the phrase "Gutierrez Collection." Gutiérrez Collection numbers for maps are listed below in the inventory.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Tonatiúh and Electra Gutiérrez collection of maps and images of the Americas, 1523-1904, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. P840001.

    Acquisition Note

    Acquired in 1984.

    Processing History

    The collection was processed in 1997. In 2013, Ednar Segura completed the processing and the arrangement of the collection and wrote this finding aid under the supervision of Karen Meyer-Roux.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Tonatiúh and Electra Gutiérrez collection includes historic maps of the Americas spanning more than three centuries, with an emphasis on Mexico and the region of Mesoamerica. The Gutiérrezes assembled this collection as they researched the early history and exploration of the Americas and used it to illustrate their publications.
    Included are maps by cartographers, geographers and publishers from Flanders, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, England, and the Americas, including Frans Hogenberg, Abraham Ortelius, Jodocus Hondius, Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, Nicolas and Guillaume Sanson, Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, Herman Moll, Henry Popple, and Antonio García Cubas.
    In addition, the collection includes images of life, fauna, landscapes, cities and rituals in the Americas, historical scenes, portrait prints of leaders from the Americas and European explorers. Included are plates from Cesare Vecellio, Habiti antichi e moderni di tutto il mondo... (Venice, 1598), plates from Bernard Picart's Ceremonies et coutumes religieuses des peuples idolatres (Amsterdam, 1723-1743), and watercolors by the Peruvian artist Francisco (Pancho) Fierro.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in two series: Series I. Maps, 1523-1904; Series II. Images, 1535-circa 1900.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Cartography
    Maps--Collectors and collecting
    Mexico--Maps
    Mexico--Social life and customs
    North America--Maps
    North America--Social life and customs
    Prints--Collectors and collecting
    South America--Maps
    South America--Social life and customs

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Maps
    Prints

    Contributors

    Bellin, Jacques Nicolas, 1703-1772
    Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638
    Bonne, Rigobert, 1727-1794
    Coronelli, Vincenzo, 1650-1718
    Fierro, Pancho, 1807-1879
    García Cubas, Antonio, 1832-1912
    Gutiérrez, Electra
    Gutiérrez, Tonatiúh, 1929-
    Hogenberg, Frans, approximately 1539-1590
    Hondius, Jodocus, 1563-1612
    Moll, Herman, -1732
    Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
    Picart, Bernard, 1673-1733
    Popple, Henry, -1743
    Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles, 1688-1766
    Sanson, Nicolas, 1600-1667
    Vandermaelen, Philippe, 1795-1869
    Vecellio, Cesare, approximately 1521-1601