BiblioNoticias No. 87, November 1996

Editor: Ann Hartness

Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Sources in English

Compiled by Frank González

According to tradition, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, an Indian, on a hill near the outskirts of Mexico City on a December morning in 1531. Before the Conquest, the site of her apparition, Tepeyac, had been a sacred place dedicated to the Aztec goddess, Tonantzin. Her image, imprinted on Juan Diego's mantle, was one of a brown-skinned madonna with pre-Columbian vestiges, and struck a chord with her early supplicants. A cult soon developed around "La Morenita." She was adopted as a symbol of Mexican nationalism, and has become a rallying point for political and social movements from the Mexican countryside of the insurgents to the fields of California’s farmworkers. To her devotees, La Virgen de Guadalupe invokes faith, hope, and compassion; she embraces the cause of the poor, the ignored, the voiceless, the oppressed. In short, La Reina de México and Emperatriz de las Américas, as she is often referred to, has left a profound impact of the religious and cultural life of Mexicans and Mexican Americans.

The works listed below are a representative sampling of both popular and scholarly books and articles on the Virgin of Guadalupe in English in the University of Texas at Austin General Libraries. Additional sources, including a great many in Spanish, can be found in UTCAT, the online library catalog, using the subject search "Guadalupe, Our Lady of". Electronic resources are also listed below.


Burrus, Ernest J. The Basic Bibliography of the Guadalupan Apparitions (1531-1723). Washington, DC: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, 1983.
BT 660 G8 B874 1983 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Brewer, Ebenezer Cobham. A Dictionary of Miracles: Imitative, Realistic, and Dogmatic. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1934.
BT 97 B8 1934 PCL -- PCL Reference Department

New Catholic Encyclopedia. 16 vols. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967-1974. s.v. "Guadalupe, Our Lady of" (vol. 6).
-Q- BX 841 N44 1967 V.6 LAC -- Latin American Reference Collection

Deedy, John G., The Catholic Fact Book. Chicago: T. More Press, 1986.
BX 842 D44 1986 PCL -- PCL Reference Department


Brading, D. A. The First America: The Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State, 1492-1867. Cambridge, England; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991. See the index for numerous references to the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexican religious and national life.
F 1412 B79 1991 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Burkhart, Louise M. "The Cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico." In South and Meso-American Native Spirituality: From the Cult of the Feathered Serpent to the Theology of Liberation, New York: Crossroad, 1993.
E 59 R38 S68 1993 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Cawley, Martinus, Anthology of Early Guadalupan Literature. Lafayette, IN: Guadalupe Abbey, 1984.
BT 660 G82 C39 1984 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Elizondo, Virgilio P. La Morenita: Evangelizer of the Americas. San Antonio: Mexican American Cultural Center, 1980.
BT 660 G8 E435 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Gil, Carlos B. "Withstanding Time: The Miracle of the Virgin of Guadalupe." Nuestro 7 (December 1983): 46-47.
E 184 A1 N847 V.7 1983 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Guerrero, Andrés Gonzales. A Chicano Theology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1987.
BT 83.57 G84 1987 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Johnston, Francis W. The Wonder of Guadalupe: The Origin and Cult of the Miraculous Image of the Blessed Virgin in Mexico. Chulmleigh, Devon: Augustine Pub. Co., 1981.
BT 660 G8 J638 1981M LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Kurtz, Donald V. "The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Politics of Becoming Human." Journal of Anthropological Research 38 (Summer 1982): 194-210.
GN 1 S64 V.38 1982 PCL -- PCL stacks

Lafaye, Jacques. Quetzalcoatl and Guadalupe: The Formation of Mexican National Consciousness, 1531-1813. Foreword by Octavio Paz. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.
F 1210 L313 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Lampe, Philip E. "Our Lady of Guadalupe and Ethnic Prejudice." Borderlands Journal 9 (Spring 1986): 91-120.
AP 2 S714 V.7-9 1983/86 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Matovina, Timothy M. "Guadalupan Devotion in a Borderlands Community." Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 4 ( August 1996): 6-26.
BX 1407 H55 J684 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Poole, Stafford. Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Origins and Sources of a Mexican National Symbol, 1531-1797. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1995.
BT 660 G8 P66 1995 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks; another copy in PCL stacks

Rodriguez, Jeanette. Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith and Empowerment Among Mexican-American Women. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994.
BT 660 G8 R58 1994 LAC -- Benson Collection stacks

Taylor, William B. "The Virgin of Guadalupe in New Spain: An Inquiry into the Social History of Marian Devotion." American Ethnologist, 14 (February 1987): 9-33.
GN 1 A53 V.14 1987 PCL -- PCL stacks

Wolfe, Eric R. "The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol." Journal of American Folklore 71 (1958): 34-39.
398.305 J82 V.71 1958 PCL -- PCL stacks


De Paola, Tomie. The Lady of Guadalupe. New York: Holiday House, 1980.
BT 660 G8 D43 LAC-JE -- Benson Collection stacks

Winterhalt, A.M. The Mysterious Picture. Hicksville: Exposition Press, 1975.
PZ 9 W535 LAC-JE -- Benson Collection stacks


There are a number of exhibits on the World Wide Web devoted to the topic, "Our Lady of Guadalupe." Two of them can be found at:


To find all such exhibits, go to the "AltaVista Search" page ( and enter the search phrase "Our Lady of Guadalupe." Note: Include quotation marks.

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