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Carl Hertzog Collection of Texas Boundaries

Identifier: MSS-0052

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of some early sample pages for Texas Boundaries, letters between Hertzog, Cisneros, and the Attorney General’s office, as well as some suggested illustrative ideas. The bulk of the collection is the twelve-part typescript complete with offprints of illustrations by Cisneros.


  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1966

Biographical / Historical

In the 1950s Carl Hertzog, a celebrated typographer, book designer, and printer out of El Paso collaborated with illustrator José Cisneros to create a twelve-part series that depicted some of the boundary disputes throughout Texas history that eventually defined the state’s borders. They did so at the request of Texas Attorney General Will Wilson. Although the publication got to the stage of having illustrations and a typescript, it appears it was never published.

In early phases of discussion, the work was called “Texas Boundaries Stories.” However, based on some of Cisneros illustrations, it was intended to be titled “Battle Border: Little known facts about Texas boundaries” with an additional subtitle saying “A public service of the Texas Attorney General’s office.” Will Wilson did not seek another term as Attorney General after 1962, perhaps part of the reason that the book was never published.


0.21 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the SU Special Collections & Archives Repository

1001 East University Avenue
Georgetown TX 78626 United States