Changing the Narrative

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Changing the Narrative


Correcting misinformation about Pastrana's life


This collection focuses on items that shift Pastrana's story away from the mythology created by promotional materials. It includes documents that suggest a different and more accurate way of representing her life.


Kathleen Godfrey


Various documents


Julia Pastrana Online




Kathleen Godfrey



Collection Items

The Bear Woman
Added details about marriage include that Lent and his brother "attended to the details of the exhibition."

News and Miscellany
Marriage of Pastrana and Lent. Includes detail that Theodore and his brother "were to have been exhibited with her."

Eduard Jacobson
Biography of Eduard Jacobson, author of Der Curierte Meyer

Jacobson, Eduard (1835-1897), Beruf: Lustspieldichter [Occupation: comic poet]
Biography of Eduard Jacobson, comic poet, author of Der Curierte Meyer

Bear Woman on exhibit in Guadalajara

Passport Applications
In one letter, Lent asks how he and "a naturalized citizen" can obtain a passport. In a second letter, Theodore and Samuel E. Lent take an oath about the true identities of Theodore and "his ward," Julia Pastrana

[first performance in Berlin]
Advertisement for Pastrana's performance in Der Curirte Meyer, a play written by "Jacobson"

[Performance Prohibited]
Der Curirte Meyer halted, but Pastrana can still perform on a smaller stage

Kroll's Establishment
Pastrana's performances after Der Curirte Meyer shut down by police.

Julia Pastrana una sinaloense extraordinaria
Oral histories about Pastrana's origins and life in Mexico. Includes vital information about historical context.
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