Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Jose Cisneros Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Jose Cisneros
Title Jose Cisneros Collection
Dates: 1910-2009
Abstract: Jose Cisneros was a world class illustrator specializing in Mexican, Spanish, and Southwest history. This small collection includes many of his images published in different sources. His first works were done in pen and ink. Horsemen and horses were among his favorite subjects. His book he is best known for is the Riders Across the Centuries: Horsemen of the Spanish Borderlands.
Identification A1995-049
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Cisneros%20EAD
Quantity: .5 Linear Foot
Location: G-1-2 Box #1
Language: English

Historical Note

Jose Cisneros, born April 18, 1910 in the state of Durango moved to the United States in 1927. At an early age he began his art education by copying the illustrations found in magazines and newspapers. Through consistent effort he developed an illustration technique that won him professional recognition and in 1937 began an active career working for several major publishing houses. In 1939 Cisneros married Vicenta Madero; they raised five daughters and one niece. Throughout Cisneros' career, he has maintained a great interest in history. Because of this background and an ability to do painstaking research, his renderings are not only aesthetically pleasing but also highly accurate. One of the proudest efforts is a series titled "Riders of the Spanish Borderlands." This work represents the horsemen of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. The renderings not only detail costume and equipment but also draw attention to the grace of both horse and rider. His highly detailed illustrations document the stories of the Paso del Norte region for the past four centuries. Cisneros focused on real-life characters and concentrated on the movements and anatomy of the horse, which he regarded as the most beautiful animal in creation. Riders Across the Centuries: Horsemen of the Spanish Borderlands received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award in 1985, and his preservation of history through art earned Cisneros the National Humanities Medal in 2002. Taken partially from http://admin.utep.edu/default.aspx?tabid=62712 and http://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/remembering-jos%C3%A9-cisneros

Scope and Contents

The Jose Cisneros Collections consists of published journals and exhibit brochures containing his art work. Several publications he wrote and correspondence is included along with a folder devoted to the "Border Battle Series Drawings.


Materials are arranged in four folders: Publications Drawings in Publications John F. Kennedy Memorial Issue of "Life Magazine" Border Battle Series Drawings

Index Terms

Cisneros, Jose B., 1910-2009
Cisneros, Vicenta Maders
Juan Carlos -- King of Spain - 1938
Cisneros, Fernando
Cisneros, Juanita (Barragan)
University of Texas at El Paso
Juarez Lions Club
National Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award
National Humanities Medal in 2002
El Paso Public Library
Geographical Names
Durango (Mex.)
El Paso (Tex.)
Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920
Pen drawing 20th century