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Jean Meyer Cristero Rebellion Oral History Collection

Identifier: MSH/LAT 0089

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by Jean Meyer and others about the Cristero Rebellion in Mexico. Included are interviews with former military and government personnel who witnessed or participated in the Rebellion, as well as interviews with citizens of Mexico, and some samples of popular music in Spanish and Nahuatl. Materials include open reel audio tapes, audiocassettes, compact discs, and digital versatile discs.


  • Creation: 1960-1969, 1991, 2006-2009, 2015


Conditions Governing Access

Materials in this collection are available for patron research, but may be used only the Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room. Special equipment may be required to view or access some material, particularly audiovisual materials, which may require the production of a use copy prior to patron access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

The Cristero Rebellion came about as a result of then President of Mexico, Plutarco Elías Calles’ campaign against the Catholic Church. Calles was from the state of Sonora, Mexico, which saw the Catholic Church as a foreign-led, invasive institution that opposed Mexico’s constitution, and envisioned Mexico as a secular nation. Calles imposed anticlerical laws, one of which required registration of all priests and severely limited their numbers. The Church retaliated by suspending all sacraments and masses, which led to the Cristero Rebellion, one of the bloodiest conflicts of early nineteenth century Mexico. The conflict did not see an end until 1929, when, urged by United States officials, the Mexican Government reached an agreement with the Catholic Church and relaxed its anticlerical regulations, which in turn led to the disbandment of the Cristeros.

Jean Meyer (1942-), a scholar of French origin, is the leading scholar on the Cristero Rebellion.


2 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Nahuatl languages


This collection is unarranged.

Jean Meyer Cristero Rebellion Oral History Collection
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Hannah Sabal
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556