Researching in the Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina

Researching in the Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina

Updated: 3/21/2016

The Archivo Histórico de la Facultad de Medicina (AHFM) houses a variety of medical documents ranging from the colonial period the modern era. The AHFM is located in the Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina, which is located on the corner of Republica de Venezuela and Republica de Brasil. In Spanish the AHFM is typically refereed to by its entire name, or the Archivo de la Facultad for short.

Consultation Hours:

9AM to 2PM, M-F

How to arrive:

Here is a big helpful tip, if you get lost, ask for the Plaza Santo Domingo or the Inquisition building, more people are likely to know where that is.

There are four main ways to get to the AHFM:

  • Metro: You can take the metro into the historical center. The blue line will leave you the closest. Exit Allende or Zocalo.
  • Metrobus: Another option is taking the metro bus linea 4 ruta norte and getting off on Republica de Argentina.
  • Ecobici, there is an ecobici station about two blocks away from the AHFM.
  • Taxi: like always this will be the most expensive option. Ask for the Plaza de Santo Domingo in the Centro Histórico.

Consultation/ Image Reproduction

  • Transcribing
    • You can either type your transcriptions on a laptop, or write them down on loose pieces of paper.
  • Photography
    • You can take digital pictures of images for free. As long as you do not reproduce them without consent.

What You Need to Consult:

  • Letter of Introduction (typically from your adviser)
  • Government issued Identification Card
  • An idea of what you want to do. This will not be as crucial as the AGN, but it will help.

What You Need to Consult Documents:


Where to eat:

This list is not exhaustive, but I have selected places that safe, known for great food, and a reasonable walk from the archive. I would love to hear suggestions if you have any.

  • Cafe de Santo Domingo (across the street from the Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina. This place is not cheap, but it has good food, a fantastic view, and phenomenal green salsa.
  • Tacos de Canasta “El Especial” on Madero. The tacos here are cheap, and very tasty.
  • El Tlaquepaque on the corner of Isabel la Catolica and 5 de Mayo. Try the “Torta Tapatia,” it is deliciousness at its best.
  • Panificadora la Vasconia on Palma and Tacuba. Great prices, fabulous bread, and incredible chicken.
  • Los Molinos (Isabel la Catolica and 5 de Mayo). this place has great chicken and it is very close to el Tlauepaque. You can get a whole meal for under $50.



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