The Benson Latin American Collection

Chelo González Amezcua Papers, 1934-1976

Descriptive Summary

Creator González Amezcua, Consuelo, 1903-1996
Title Chelo Gonález Amezcua Papers
Dates: 1934-1996
Abstract Poem manuscripts, art exhibit documentation, and correspondence from Mexican American artist Consuelo (Chelo) González Amezcua of Del Rio, Texas.
OCLC Record No. 23666058
Extent 1.2 linear feet
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Artist and poet. Born June 13, 1903, in Piedras Negras, Coah., Mexico. Moved to Del Rio, Texas, with her family in 1913 and lived there the rest of her life. Known especially for her intricate ink drawings which she called ‪"‬filigranas,‪"‬ González Amezcua became a well-known artist late in life, exhibiting her work in galleries and museums in the United States and Mexico.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection is comprised of poem manuscripts, art exhibit documentation, and correspondence from Mexican American artist Consuelo (Chelo) González Amezcua of Del Rio, Texas. Also included are legal documents and correspondence from Chelo’s estate. Materials date from 1934-1996 and measure 1.2 linear feet. The collection is arranged into seven series: Biographical Information, Correspondence, Art Exhibits, Written Works, Legal Documents, Financial Documents, and Collected Materials.

The first series, Biographical Information, consists of personal and biographical information about Chelo, including her obituary.

Series two, Correspondence, includes letters between Chelo and family members and friends. Also included is a card signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.

Art Exhibits, the third series, contains correspondence between Chelo and various galleries as well as documentation related to exhibits of Chelo’s work after her death.

The fourth series, Written Works, is comprised of scrapbooks, notebooks, and loose drafts of Chelo’s poetry and music. It also contains articles and unpublished papers about Chelo and her work.

Series five, Legal Documents, includes documentation related to copyright, Chelo’s Estate, and the purchase and sale of Chelo’s house.

Financial Documents comprise the sixth series. These include Chelo’s order book and receipts from the Estate.

The Collected Materials in series seven include personal documents of Chelo’s sister, Zare, and friend, Amy Freeman Lee, as well as various printed materials, such as postcards and sheet music.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Chelo González Amezcua Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
González Amezcua, Consuelo, 1903-1975--Archives
Mexican American art--Texas--Del Rio
Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute

Related Material

Slides of González Amezcua's artwork are also available in the Manuel (Chaca) Ramírez Photograph Collection in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Chelo González Amezcua Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Biographical Information, 1948-1992

box folder
1 1 Biography, obituary, list of exhibits, family tree 1948-1992

Correspondence, 1966-1996

box folder
1 2 Fernandez, Livia
with Amy Freeman Lee, 1992-1995
with others, 1977-1996
3 Freeman Lee, Amy
with Chelo, 1967-1969
with others, 1969
4 Garza y Garza, Margarita, 1968
5 Johnson, Lyndon B., 1966
6 Quirarte, Jacinto, 1969-1975
7 Various, 1967-1973
8 Address Book, N.d.

Art Exhibits, 1968-1994

1 Correspondence, 1968-1994
9 with Chelo, 1968-1972
10 with Livia Fernandez (Estate Executor), 1990-1994
Galleries, 1977-1994
11 Galerias Paco, 1977-1978
Printed material, receipt
Del Rio Council for the Arts at the Firehouse
12 Correspondence with Livia, 1990-1994
13 Legal and financial documents, exhibit catalog, notes, 1990-1991
14 McNay Art Museum, 1992
Correspondence, affidavit, exhibit catalos, notes
15 Outside: In, Texas Fine Arts Association, 1993-1994
Correspondence, loan agreement form
16 Pavilion Fare, N.d.
17 List of works by Chelo, N.d.

Written Works, 1935-1982

1 Poetry by Chelo, 1935-1973, N.d.
18 List of Poems, 1963
19 Scrapbook, 1935-1964
20 Scrapbook, 1935-1974
box folder
2 1 Poesia y Leyendas, N.d.
2 Poesia y Leyendas (duplicates), N.d.
3 Cantares y Poemas, notebook, 1935-1973
4 Cantares y Poemas, notebook, 1966, N.d.
5 Notebook, 1966, N.d.
6 Printed poems, 1961-1973
7 Handwritten poems, 1960-1964, N.d.
8 Handwritten poems, 1967, N.d.
9 Songs, 1958, N.d.
10 “Chelo’s poems to write melodies for,” 1944-1963, N.d.
3 Works about Chelo, 1968-1993, N.d.
1 Articles, 1968-1993, N.d.
2 Unpublished papers, 1973-1982, N.d.
3 Collected Materials, 1971-1980
Quetzal, 1971-1972
Clippings, 1973-1980

Legal Documents, 1934-1996

box folder
3 4 Copyright, 1963
5 Estate of Chelo Gonzalez Amezcua, 1977-1995
6 Purchase of home by Chelo’s mother, Julia, 1934
7 Sale of home by Estate of Zare Gonzalez Amezcua, 1993-1996

Financial Documents, 1951-1995

box folder
3 8 Order book, receipts 1951-1971, 1995

Collected Materials, 1967-1995

box folder
3 9 Zare Gonzalez Amezcua, 1968-1995
Photograph, obituary, prayer
10 Amy Freeman Lee, 1967-1970, N.d.
Clippings, abstract by Lee, exhibit programs
11 Prints, postcards, N.d.
12 Various, N.d.