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PRCA Rodeo Sports News Rodeo Photographs, c. 1950-1979

PRCA Rodeo Sports News PhotographsPRCA Rodeo Sports News Rodeo Photographs, c. 1950-1979
Size: 7 linear feet 6 inches
Location: 3E5-3D1
Collection: MS011
Accession: 1998.008

Historical Sketch

The ProRodeo Sports News is the official magazine of the ProRodeo Cowboys Association. It is marketed to rodeo fans and provides articles and photographs from America's top rodeos.

In the 1920s, rodeo contestants began to organize in order to combat problems of the rapid expansion of the sport. The Rodeo Association of America, made up of rodeo committees and producers, was formed in 1929. World Champions were selected in the following events: bronc riding, bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer roping, bulldogging, team roping and wild cow milking. The name was changed in 1946 to the International Rodeo Association.

By 1936, the cowboys decided to form their own organization after striking at the Boston Garden Rodeo. The organization was named the Cowboys Turtle Association because they were slow to organize, but eventually “stuck their neck out.” The organization wanted to ensure fair prize money, equality in judging and honest advertising of the sport. In 1945, the name was changed to the Rodeo Cowboys Association. By 1955, the International Rodeo Association recognized the Rodeo Cowboys Association as superior and closed down.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association formed in 1974 when the Rodeo Cowboys Association added “professional” to the name. It is a membership-based organization that works to ensure the fairness and competence of each sanctioned event and the health of all livestock used. Membership includes cowboys, performers, stock contractors, contract personnel, and permit holders. (Permit holders are cowboys that apply for membership and have yet to meet the $1000 winners’ fee in a rodeo.) Currently, 600 multiple event rodeos are sanctioned annually by the PRCA in over thirty states and three Canadian provinces.

Scope & Content Note  

The PRCA Rodeo Photographs include 8,818 photographs and 21 negatives depicting animals, participants, and rodeo events probably published in the Rodeo Sports News magazine. It is arranged alphabetically by subject of image. Photographers include Helfrich DeVere and Ferrell Butler.

Note to Researchers
All photographs in the collection have been scanned and are available in the Image Database.

Subject Terms  

Processing Information  

The photographs were donated before 1990 to the museum from the the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

Copyright might still be held by photographer. Please consult with the Director of the Dickinson Research Center if interested in using an image for publication.

Restrictions on Access  

There are no restrictions on this collection. It is available for research.

Preferred Citation  

PRCA Rodeo Sports News Rodeo Photographs, MS011, Box # Folder #, Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Container List  

Box Folder Folder Title / Description
1 1 Bareback Riding
Bull Riding
2 A, 1960s-1970s
3 Ba, 1960s-1970s
4 Be-Bi, 1960s-1970s
5 Bl-Br, 1960s-1970s
6 Bu, 1960s-1970s
7 Ca-Cl, 1950s-1960s
2 1 Co, 1960-1970s
2 Cr-Cu, 1950s-1970s
3 E, 1950s-1970s
4 F, 1960s-1970
5 Ga-Gi, 1960s-1970s
3 1 Gi-Gu, 1960s-1970s
2 Ha-He, 1950s-1970s
3 Hi-Hu, 1950s-1970s
4 I, 1950s-1960s
5 J, 1960s-1970s
6 K, 1960s-1970s
4 1 L, 1950s-1960s
2 Mc, 1950s-1970s
3 Ma-Me, 1960s-1970s
4 Mi-My, 1960s-1970s
5 N, 1950s-1970s
6 O, 1960s-1970s
7 P, 1960s-1970s
8 Q, 1960s-1970s
9 Ra-Ri, 1950s-1970s
5 1 Ro-Ry, 1950s-1970s
2 Sa-Si, 1950s-1970s
3 Sk-Sta, 1950s-1970s
4 Ste-Sy, 1950s-1970s
5 T, 1950s-1970s
6 1 U-V, 1960s-1970s
2 Wa, 1950s-1970s
3 We-Wh, 1950s-1970s
4 Wi-Wy, 1950s-1970s
5 Y, 1950s-1970s
6 Unidentified, undated
7 Bull Riding, undated
Calf Roping
8 Calf Roping, undated
9 A, 1960s
10 B, 1960s
11 C, 1960s
7 1 D, 1960s
2 E, 1960s
3 F, 1960s
4 G, 1960s
5 H, 1960s
6 I, 1960s
7 J, 1960s
8 K, 1960s
9 L, 1960s
10 Mc, 1960s
11 M, 1960s
12 N, 1960s
13 O, 1960s
14 P, 1960s
15 Q, 1960s
16 R, 1960s
8 1 S, 1960s
2 T, 1960s
3 U, 1960s
4 W, 1960s
5 Y,Z, 1960s
6 B-T, 1963-1965
National Finals Rodeo
7 Dallas, 1959
8 All events, 1959, 1966, 1967
9 Dallas, 1960
10 Dallas, All events, 1960
11 Scottsdale, Team Roping, 1960
12 Dallas, 1961
13 Laramie, Steer Roping, 1961
14 Santa Maria, Team Roping, 1961
15 Los Angeles, all events, 1962
9 1 Los Angeles, portraits, 1962
2 Douglas, Wyoming, Steer Roping, 1962
3 Los Angeles, all events, 1963
4 All events, 1963
5 Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Steer Roping, 1963
6 Los Angeles, all events, 1964
7 Los Angeles, 1964
8 Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Steer Roping, 1964
9 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding, 1965
10 Bull Riding, 1967
11 Vinita, Oklahoma, Steer Roping, 1965
12 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Portraits and Events, 1966
13 Vinita, Oklahoma, Steer Roping, 1966
14 Bareback riding, 1966
15 Bareback, 1967
10 1 Bareback, Ace Berry, 1967
2 Bareback, Larry Mahan, 1967
3 Bareback, Bob Mayo, 1967
4 Bareback, Paul Mayo, 1967
5 Bareback, Clyde Vamuoras, 1967
6 Bull riding, Freckles Brown, 1967
7 Bull riding, Myrtle Dightman, 1967
8 Bull riding, Larry Mahan, 1967
9 Bull riding, George Paul, 1967
10 Bull riding, Ron Rossen, 1967
11 Calf roping, 1967
12 Calf Roping, Glen Franklin, 1967
13 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Saddle Bronc, 1967
14 Saddle Bronc, Shawn Davis, 1967
15 Saddle Bronc, Larry Mahan, 1967
16 Saddle Bronc, Marty Wood, 1967
17 Vinita, Oklahoma, 1965, Steer roping Jim Actizer, 1967
18 McAlester, Oklahoma, Steer Roping, 1967
19 Steer Wrestling, Roy Duvall, 1967
20 Steer Wrestling, John W. Jones, 1967
21 Steer Wrestling, Walt Linderman, 1967
22 Steer Wrestling, 1967
23 World Champion Cowboys, 1967
24 1967-1969
25 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, groups and action, 1970
26 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, groups and action, 1971
27 Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Steer Roping, 1971
28 Groups and action, 1972
29 1973
30 Action, Steer Roping, 1955-1969
31 Steer Roping, 1961-1965
32 Roping Finals, Letters, standings, 1959-1967
33 Clayton, New Mexico, Steer Roping, 1960, Press Release, Program, 1960
Rough Stock
11 1 B, 1960s
2 C, 1960s
3 D, 1960s
4 E, 1960s
5 F, 1960s
6 G, 1960s
7 H, 1960s
8 I & J, 1960s
9 K, 1960s
10 L, 1960s
11 Mc, 1960s
12 1 M, 1960s
2 N, 1960s
3 O, 1960s
4 P, 1960s
5 Q, 1960s
6 R, 1960s
7 S, 1960s
8 T, 1960s
9 U, 1960s
10 V, 1960s
11 W, 1960s
Saddle Bronc Riding
12 A, 1960s
13 1 B, 1960s
2 C, 1960s
3 D, 1960s
4 E, 1960s
5 F, 1960s
6 G, 1960s
7 H, 1960s
8 I, 1960s
9 J, 1960s
14 1 K, 1960s
2 L, 1950s-1970s
3 Mc, 1960s-1970s
4 M, 1960s-1970s
5 N, 1950s-1970s
6 O, 1960s-1970s
7 P, 1950s-1970s
8 Q, 1960s
15 1 R, 1950s-1970s
2 Sa-Sl, 1950s-1970s
3 Sm-Sl, 1950s-1970s
4 T, 1950s-1970s
5 U-V, 1960s-1970s
6 W, 1950s-1970s
16 1 Y, 1960s-1970s
2 Saddle Bronc Riding, undated
Steer Roping
3 A-C, 1958-1968
4 D-L, 1958-1968
5 M-R, 1958-1968
6 S-Y, 1958-1968
Steer Wrestling
7 A, 1960s-1970s
8 B, 1960s-1970s
9 C, 1950s-1970s
10 D, 1950s-1970s
11 E, 1950s-1970s
12 F, 1960s-1970s
13 G, 1950s-1970s
17 1 H, 1940s-1970s
2 J, 1950s-1970s
3 K, 1960s-1970s
4 L, undated
5 M, 1950s-1970s
6 N, 1960s
7 O, 1960s-1970s
8 P, 1950s-1970s
18 1 R, 1950s-1970s
2 S, 1950s-1970s
3 T, 1940s-1970s
4 U-V, 1960s-1970s
5 W, 1950s-1970s
6 Y-Z, 1960s-1970s
Team Roping
7 A-C, 1958-1968
8 D-H, 1958-1968
9 I-O, 1958-1968
10 P-S, 1958-1968
11 T-W, 1958-1968
12 Wild Cow Milking, undated
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