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Guide to the Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs

Ralph R. DoubledayRalph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs, c1910-c1955
Location: File Cabinet (4,003 Negatives)
Collection: MS039
Accession: 1979.026

Biography

Ralph Russell Doubleday was a prominent rodeo photographer from 1910-1952. He was born on July 4, 1881, in Jackson County, Iowa, and after his family moved to Sycamore, Illinois, in 1900, he became interested in photographing local events. In August 1910, he traveled to the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and photographed his first rodeo. He captured Gus Nylen being thrown from bucking horse Teddy Roosevelt, and that image is considered to be the first shot of a man being thrown from a horse at a rodeo. Due to the success of selling prints and postcards of his photographs, Doubleday decided to make a career from rodeo photography. He shot his last event in 1952, and died on June 30, 1958.

In recognition of Doubleday's photographic accomplishments and his promotional and documentary activities with regard to the sport of rodeo, the Rodeo Historical Society inducted him into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1988.

Scope & Content Note  

The Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs consists of 4,003 5"�x7"� (125mm x 175mm) sheet and glass plate negatives. This breaks down into 2,245 safety film negatives, 1470 nitrate negatives, and 288 glass plate negatives (1/16"� thick) dating between c1910-1955. The collection of negatives documents 40 years of rodeo history and the development of the sport into a business. Personalities, events, and venues are pictorially captured by Doubleday. The collection was acquired without any photographic log, journal, or index. Some negatives have captions written on them by Doubleday which frequently identify people, locations, and dates. The most represented people, locations, and subject matters are listed in the Subject Terms tab.

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a grant to support a one-year project to preserve, rehouse, digitize, and provide improved access to the collection. The project conserved the original negatives, produced interpositives and use copy negatives, and provided extended term storage conditions for originals and interpositives. The negatives in the Doubleday Photographs are available for viewing or purchase through the Image Database.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Adams, Minnie
Autry, Gene, 1907-1998
Brady, Buff, Jr., 1918-
Compton, Cy, 1875-1944
Creed, Gene Krieg, 1909-1993
Cremer, Leo J., 1891 or 2-1953
Curtis, Eddie, 1908-1965
Doubleday, Ralph R. (Ralph Russell), 1881-1958
Eskew, Jim, Col., 1888-1965
Eskew, Junior, 1918-1977
Francis, Mamie
Gist, Pinky
Greenough, Alice, 1902-1995
Greenough, Margie, 1908-
Greenough, Turk, 1905-1995
Hafley, California Frank, 1871-1940
Hastings, Fox, 1882-1948
Huskey, Lynn
Keene, Billy
Kirnan, Bea
Krieg, Vaughn, 1904-1976
Lucas, Tad Barnes, 1902-1990
Moe, Milt, d. 1969
Montana, Montie, 1910-1998
Nesbitt, Jimmy, 1906-1943
Nesbitt, Pauline, 1907-1996
Parks, Mary Elizabeth, 1910-1997
Penrose, Spencer, 1865-1939
Rand, Sally, 1904-1979
Randolph, Florence Hughes Fenton, 1898-1971
Reger, Monte H.
Richards, Lucyle Garmes, 1909-
Ricker, Shorty, 1901-
Roach, Ruth Scantlin, 1896-1986
Schwartz, Vic, 1914-
Sisty, Alice
Strauss, Earl
Strickland, Mabel DeLong, 1897-1976
Wills, Johnnie Lee, 1912-1984
Woods, Opal

Corporate Names:
California Frank's Rodeo
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Cody Stampede
Colorado State Fair
Doubleday-Foster Photo Co., Inc.
Florida Cow Captial Round-Up
Jackson Hole Frontier Days
Marias County Fair & Rodeo
Mid-South Fair
Midland Empire Fair & Rodeo
Oklahoma Prison Rodeo
Soldier Field
Swift's Jewel Cowboys
Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun-Dedication, 1937
Wolf Point Stampede

Subject Headings:
Automobiles
Bareback riding
Bull riding
Calf roping
Chutes
Cowboys-1910-1950
Cowgirls-1910-1950
Grand entries
Grandstands
Horses
Indians of North America
Rodeos-1910-1950
Rodeos-History-1910-1950
Rodeos-United States-History
Rodeos-West(U.S.)
Rodeos-Alabama-Alexander City, Mobile
Rodeos-Arizona-Phoenix, Tucson, Whiteriver, Wickenburg
Rodeos-Arkansas-Fort Smith, Harrison, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Warren
Rodeos-California-Brawley, Glendale
Rodeos-Colorado-Colorado Springs, Gunnison, Pueblo, Rocky Ford, Trinidad
Rodeos-Florida-Arcadia, Bradenton, Dade City, Kissimmee, Largo, Miami Beach, Pensacola, Sarasota, Seminole, Tampa, Trenton, Wauchula, West Palm Beach
Rodeos-Georgia-Atlanta
Rodeos-Idaho-Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Weiser
Rodeos-Illinois-Albion, Aurora, Carmi, Chicago, Mt. Carmel
Rodeos-Iowa-Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Donnellson, Dorchester, Rock Rapids, Sidney, Spencer
Rodeos-Kansas-Abilene, Dodge City, Fort Riley, Garden City, Hutchinson, Junction City, Parsons, Strong City, Wichita
Rodeos-Louisiana-Shreveport
Rodeos-Minnesota-Fort Snelling, Minneapolis
Rodeos-Mississippi-Collins
Rodeos-Missouri-Cedar City, Kirksville, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Louis
Rodeos-Montana-Ashland, Billings, Bozeman, Brockton, Butte, Forsyth, Glendive, Great Falls, Livingston, Miles City, Shelby, Wolf Point
Rodeos-Nebraska-Alliance, Burwell, Fullerton, Gordon, Grand Island, Hastings, North Platte, Ogallala, Omaha
Rodeos-New Jersey-Atlantic City, Olympic Park
Rodeos-New Mexico-Carlsbad, Tucumcari
Rodeos-New York-New York, Waverly
Rodeos-North Dakota-Mandan, Medora, Minot
Rodeos-Ohio-Cleveland
Rodeos-Oklahoma-Ada, Ardmore, Bliss, Chickasha, Comanche, Duncan, El Reno, Fort Towson, Guthrie, McAlester, Muskogee, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Pawhuska, Sayre, Shawnee, Tulsa, Vinita, Wewoka
Rodeos-Oregon-Elgin, Junction City, Pendleton
Rodeos-Pennsylvania-Philadelphia, Willow Grove
Rodeos-South Dakota-Belle Fourche, Deadwood, Interior, Madison, Winner, Yankton
Rodeos-Tennessee-La Follette, Memphis
Rodeos-Texas-Aledo, Canadian, Dalhart, Del Rio, Dublin, El Paso, Follett, Fort Stockton, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Lee, Martin, Pampa, Pecos, San Angelo, San Antonio, Trenton, Val Verde, Wichita Falls
Rodeos-Utah-Salt Lake City
Rodeos-Washington-Colfax, Ellensburg, Ritzville, Sumas, Walla Walla
Rodeos-Wyoming-Buffalo, Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Douglas, Jackson Hole, Lusk, Newcastle, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Sheridan
Rodeo clowns
Roman riding
Saddle bronc riding
Spectators
Steer riding
Steer wrestling
Tipis
Trick riding
Trick roping
Wrecks(Rodeos)

Processing Information  

Accession Information: The Museum purchased this collection from Albert Conover of Xenia, Ohio in 1979.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Because these original negatives date between c1910-c1955 and because copyright has not been renewed, they are in the public domain with the exception of any copyrighted images that Doubleday might have copied and which are the property of the respective copyright holders. For these, it is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured and relevant copyright holders. If you are interested in publishing images from the Doubleday Photographs, please contact staff of the Research Center at askarchives@nationalcowboymuseum.org .

Restrictions on Access  

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Research Center.

Preferred Citation  

Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs, c1910-c1955, MS039, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Container List  

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