ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The debts I have incurred in finishing this project are legion. I would like to
begin by thanking the archives that graciously gave me access to their col-
lections and the archivists who offered their expertise: Barbara Hall at the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library; the
staff of the Performing Arts Division of the New York Public Library, espe-
cially the pages; the Center for American History at the University of Texas
at Austin; the staff of Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso;
the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley; my colleagues
at the Filmoteca de la unAm, especially Ángel Martinez; the staffs of the
Cineteca Nacional, the Biblioteca, and Hemeroteca Nacional and the archi-
vists, especially Maestro Beristein, at the Archivo General de la Nación; El
Archivo Regional de Monterrey and the municipal archives of Guanajuato,
Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, and Los Angeles.
Generous fellowship and research grants made the completion of this
project possible. Summer research grants from the David Rockefeller Center
for Latin American Studies and the History of American Civilization Pro-
gram at Harvard University facilitated early phases of the research. A Ful-
bright–García Robles research fellowship, a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship,
and a Finishing Fellowship from Harvard University supported the research
and writing in Mexico City, as did a Beca para Estudiantes Extranjeros from
the Instituto Nacional de Estudios Históricos de las Revoluciones Mexica-
nas. An Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship provided time for me
to think through the revision of an early version of this project, and a First
Year Professor Grant from Florida State University allowed me to conduct
follow- up research.
For their intellectual support and mentorship I thank Shelley Stamp, Chon
Noriega, and Kathleen Newman. I am also indebted to many colleagues:
Sally Hadden, Jennifer Koslow, Ralph Berry, and Robin Truth Goodman at
Florida State University; the attendees of the Tepoztlán Institute for Trans-
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