University of Arizona

Stories & Music of the Revolution

A Commemorative Exhibit on the Centennial of Mexico’s Revolution

Image of Detail, Woodcut, De Francisco Moreno Capdevila, from El Coyote—Corrido De La Revolucion, Celedonio Serrano Martinez, Mexico, 1951

This exhibit draws from Special Collections’ expansive Borderlands materials to recreate the Revolution as experienced from two perspectives: those fighting for agrarian, economic, and other societal reforms and those seeking to stabilize the nation or remain in power. The materials on display were selected from a variety of collections including the papers of journalist, playwright, and women’s rights advocate Sophie Treadwell; George Hunt, Arizona’s first governor; and the Arizona, Southwest and Borderlands photograph collection. Sound recordings, corrido lyrics, and sheet music drawn from the University Libraries’ fine arts holdings and personal collections complement the materials selected from Special Collections.

Through unofficial correspondence among citizens, reminiscences written years after the incidents, photographs, broadsides, sound recordings, government circulars, and wood-block engravings, Stories & Music of the Revolution illustrates a sense of individual and collective experiences along the border from 1910 – 1920, the turbulent years of the Revolution.