This week, Texas State is announcing that it has acquired the literary archives of internationally acclaimed author and poet Sandra Cisneros. Cisneros, among the first Latina writers to be published by a major press, has helped pave the way for other Latino writers. Her books, rich in their interpretations of life in the Southwest and Mexico, have been translated into more than 20 languages. Cisneros’ most popular work, The House on Mango Street, has sold more than 6 million copies and inspired generations of readers worldwide.
Her documents comprise more than 250 boxes of manuscripts, diaries, travel journals, correspondence, photographs, videos, publicity materials, personal effects, interviews and speeches which collectively chronicle her literary career. This treasured archive is a perfect fit for the Wittliff Collections, which is devoted to preserving and illuminating art and literature depicting the Southwest. Cisneros’ documents will serve as a valuable resource, enhance the visibility of Latino literature and provide inspiration to young writers seeking to find their own voices for self-expression.