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The Crawford Family and the West

The L.E. Crawford Collection of papers and photographs assembled by family member Lewis E. Crawford, primarily documents cattle ranching and the Crawford family of Oklahoma Territory and Texas. It includes three short manuscripts by Lewis E. Crawford on ranching and cattle brands as well as 43 original and copy print photographs. In addition to documenting the Crawford family, the photographs illustrate cattle ranching and ranch life in No Man’s Land and the Oklahoma Territory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Other photographs of interest include images of the cairn over a cowboy grave in the Texas Panhandle and two mining wagons hitched to an eight-horse team, photographed near Cornucopia, Nevada. Below are just a few of the photographs in the collection. Please also view the Guide to the L.E. Crawford Collection.

2004.012.42.jpg Thomas Alexander Crawford portrait, circa 1890.
Photographer: Sawyer
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 13
2004.012.42

2004.012.36.jpg Lewis Crawford and his branding iron collection, circa 1945.
Photographer: Hankins Studio
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 8
2004.012.36

2004.012.23.jpg Thomas Alexander Crawford (L) and unidentified saddle partner, circa 1890.
Photographer unknown
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 11
2004.012.23

2004.012.30 YL Connected Ranch, W. C. Rynearson, mgr., 20,000 head of cattle, last great shipment of cattle, Nov. 25, 1893.
Photographer unknown
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 30
2004.012.30

2004.012.34 War: Bull fight on Ewing Ranch, Day County, Okla. Terr., 1900.
Photographer unknown
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 28
2004.012.34

2004.012.35 Mr. Rynearson working at Cornucopia, Nevada, Santa Fe Trail, 1877.
Photographer unknown
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 38
2004.012.35

2004.012.24 Cowboy grave on the lone prairie, Texas Panhandle, 1885.
Photographer unknown
L.E. Crawford Collection
Box 1/Folder 33
2004.012.24

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