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Library Grants Take Art Historian to California

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Cristina Cruz González was the 2010 recipient of a UCLA Library Research Grant and a William Reese Fellowship at the Bancroft Library. The UCLA grant, funded by the university’s Latin American Institute, encourages research at the Charles Young Research Library (special collections) on UCLA’s campus. The Reese Fellowship funds original research on any genre of printed material relating to the Americas.

In August and November, González traveled to Los Angeles and Berkeley to examine over 30 sermons relating to a miraculous Marian icon from nineteenth-century Querétaro (Mexico).

The sermons stress the process by which the numinous sculpture—a seventeenth-century Franciscan creation—was adopted by royalist forces during the Mexican Independence movement (1810-1821) and became an emblem of conservative, civic pride for Querétaro’s residents. The archival research forms the basis of the final chapter of her book manuscript, “Landscapes of Conversion: Franciscan Politics and Sacred Objects in Late Colonial Mexico,” which provides a genealogy of Franciscan image theory in the New World.

Contact the author for more information, cristina.gonzalez@okstate.edu.