Jonathan’s article, “Digital Resources: Getty Research Institute Digital Exhibitions and Portals for Mexico,” (Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Latin American History) provides detailed information about the Getty Research Institute’s (GRI) extensive online digital resources for Mexico. The article serves as a user’s guide, and concludes with a brief discussion of the literature, methodology, and historiography of photohistory. Equally important, the article informs students and scholars about open source GRI exhibitions and archives deserving wider attention.


As a Researcher at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), Jonathan Saxon obtained valuable information for the GRI’s Special Collections and Exhibitions Departments.

By comparing several of the photographs in the GRI’s Tom Mahoney Collection to a similar collection held by the El Paso Public Library, Jonathan discovered several of the Mahoney Collection images were taken by photographer Otis A. Aultman. Identifying the correct photographer of the selected images was a crucial contribution to the GRI exhibition, A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed.

Equally important, Jonathan alerted the “Nation Emerges” curator to an article he read in the Spanish language photography journal, Alquimia, written by Mayra Mendoza of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Fototecas (National Photographic Archives). In her article, Mendoza revealed the renowned photographer, Hugo Brehme, was not the photographer responsible for the iconic 1911 image of Emiliano Zapata that was taken at a hotel in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Since the “Nation Emerges” exhibition dedicated an entire section to this image, Jonathan’s research made an enormous contribution as to how the history of this iconic image was presented. In 2012, Jonathan published a blog entry about this experience.


Jonathan’s article, “Destination Tijuana: Crossing the Border to Research the Maquiladora Industry,” (Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry) discusses the history of the US/Mexico border, cross-border migration, as well as the current epistemological debate on the use of oral history as a valid research tool.


Jonathan has traveled as far as Oslo, Norway to interview some of the finest and most respected recording engineers in the world for Tape Op: The Creative Music Recording Magazine. Within the field of audio recording, Tape Op magazine has the largest circulation in world.

Jonathan also contributed to the oral history project, Eyes for Talent: The Art and Science of Baseball Scouting. This project was established as a way to honor the contributions of Major League Baseball scouts. The project also serves as a vehicle for helping baseball scouts get inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Moreover, “Eyes for Talent” gives a voice to baseball scouts seeking to refute specific claims made in Michael Lewis’ book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, now made into the film Moneyball. Archives from “Eyes for Talent” are housed at the JFK Memorial Library on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles.