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Rodolfo Gaona Collection

Identifier: PICT-2019-001

Scope and Content

The leather bound album, containing 91 photographs on 41 pages with watercolor decoration, was presented to Gaona at his retirement and highlights his bullfighting career. The album entitled "Homenaje a Rodolfo Ganoa," also commemorates his career. A broadside, "Corrido de Rodolfo Gaona y Otros Toreros" is included in the collection as well.


  • 1905-1925

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Biographical Information

Rodolfo Gaona Jiménez (1888-1975), born in Guanajuato City, Mexico, is considered one of the great matadors of the 20th century. He began his bullfighting career in 1905 and retired in 1924. He crafted bullfighting techniques that are still used, especially the "Gaonera" in which the torero runs towards the bull with the red cape behind their body. Rodolfo Gaona Jiménez died in Mexico City on May 20, 1975.


3 items (1 box) : photograph album with 91 black and white photographs on 41 leaves; 65 page illustrated book; 1 broadside


Rodolfo Jiménez Gaona (1888-1975) is considered one of the great matadors of the 20th century. The collections contains a leather bound album highlighting his career, an album entitled, "Homenaje a Rodolfo Gaona," and a broadside, "Corrido de Rodolfo Gaona y Otros Toreros."

Physical Location

B2. Filed in Big Box location.
Finding Aid of the Rodolfo Gaona Collection, 1905-1925
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Cindy Abel Morris
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131