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The Dickinson Research Center is actively pursuing collections of personal papers, business and organizational records, and photographs which reflect and document aspects of Western history, culture, and art.

In addition to larger processed collections, the Dickinson Research Center also has a variety of individual letters and other documents touching on aspects of the American West. Included in the collection are an 1881 letter by pioneer rancher Charles Goodnight to his friend George Reynolds warning him not to drive cattle across his land due to concerns over Texas tick fever; an 1818 bill of sale written by Henry Clay for one of the first Hereford calves born in the United States; the commission of Spotted Tail as the Head Chief of all the bands of the Sioux Nation signed by General George Crook on October 23, 1876; press releases and advertising material related to Wild West promoter William F. Carver; and a 1942 pencil sketch of the original logo design for Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors. Further information about these and other Research Center materials can be accessed through our Online Public Access Catalog or OCLC WorldCat.

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Robert K. Abbett Collection
This collection of archival materials document the style and work of Robert K. Abbett, contemporary sporting and wildlife artist. His oil portrait of actor James Stewart hangs in the Western Performers Gallery.

Mary E. Abshire Collection
This collection contains 28 of the Little Leather Library books of popular literature which were advertised during the 1920s, in addition to an 1898 Kendalls’ Perfected Receipt Book Illustrated for prescribing recipes for disease and illness, and an American Indian Intertribal Cookbook.

George A. Addison Photographs and Tax Document
Photographs from the studio of Texas and Oklahoma Territory photographer George A. Addison, consisting primarily of portraits of American Indians from the Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory area.

Mark Allen Collection
This collection contains photographs, film stills, and ephemera which document the film career of each cowboy (Hoot Gibson, William S. Hart, Buck Jones, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, and Tom Mix) from the first movie to the last of their careers. There are some photos of other popular western actors and actresses, plus postcards, prints, and arcade cards. An estimated 1,293 images are included.

Fred Alvord, II, Collection
Fred Alvord was once rodeo secretary, director, and champion cowboy. This collection from his son includes several photographs and postcards featuring well-known rodeo personalities.

Ed Apple Oklahoma State University Rodeo Participants Collection
This collection contains materials related to a pardoning of students that skipped class at Oklahoma State University to participate in a rodeo in 1968.

Mrs. Grant E. Ashby Rodeo Collection
Correspondence with Vera McGinnis and other early rodeo cowgirls, along with photographs and other items relating to Tex Austin's 1924 and 1934 London rodeos.

Bob Askin Collection
This small collection of rodeo photographs and postcards prominently features Bob Askin, a well-known and respected saddle bronc rider of the 1920s, who was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1978.

Gene Autry Photograph
This collection consists of one publicity photograph of Gene Autry during his Republic Pictures years.

Bud Barnett Cowboy Poetry Collection
A small collection of poetry by Bud Barnett, cowboy poet from the Mojave Desert of California and the northeastern Oklahoma.

Don Bell Collection
This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, brief rodeo histories and memoirs, poetry books and manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and ephemera related to rodeo.

Helen Biggers Collection
This collection covers a number of primary readers and educational materials during the late 1800s and early 1900s. One very interesting item is a handwritten journal with meeting notes of the Stray Horse Association, circa 1868, with small sketches of brands and lists of post office locations near where stray horses were noted. Also included is a personal handwritten notebook of recipes and household hints.

Tona & Buckeye Blake Collection
Two photographs are included in the collection, one of which features the Arizona Wranglers in a group shot. A letter from Tona & Buckeye Blake to W.H. Porter is written on the reverse side.

Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection
Collection contains two publicity stills of cowboy poets and singers, Jim "Curly" Musgrave & Richard Olsen.

Reba Perry Blakely Papers
Papers and photographs of rodeo performer and researcher Reba Perry Blakely.

J.A. Blankenburg Collection
Featured in this collection are two photographs of the Harrington family at their homestead in Oklahoma during the early 1900s, in addition to a Kingfisher, Oklahoma land office certificate signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 granting a specified plot of land to Andrew J. Harrington and his family.

Ron Bledsoe Trade Catalog and Ephemera Collection
Extensive collection of more than 200 saddle and tack catalogs and ephemera dating from the late-1880s through the mid-1980s.

Blucher Custom Boot Company Records
Contains 218 fitting books dating between 1915 and 1982, used to record customer transactions of this famous custom boot maker.

Barbara Bockelman Cowboy Poetry Collection
Barbara Bockelman is an Oklahoma native of the Slapout community in Laverne. This collection consists of her own cowboy poetry, the unpublished manuscript A Permanent Home, and an assortment of articles.

Edward Borein Photograph
This collection consists of one photograph of Edward Borein, cowboy artist well-known for his western scene art in ink, drawing, watercolor, and etching.

Walter Brennan Papers
Scripts, photographs, and personal papers of the Academy Award-winning character actor.

Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letters
This collection features the transcriptions of 250 letters written by Louisa Brannon Briscoe from Sugden, Indian Territory, to her mother in Washington state. The letters discuss daily life and work as a postmistress in Sugden. The letters are dated 1893 through 1910 and provide an excellent snapshot into life in Indian Territory.

Myrtle Brown Collection
These photographs portray a group of women traveling in Colorado around 1922 to sight-see the countryside. They visited Helen Hunt Jackson’s grave, drove on the Pikes Peak Auto Highway, saw North Cheyenne Cañon, and stopped at Colorado College, among other places.

Scott Hill Bumgardner Cowboy Poetry Collection
Bumgardner is a storyteller and cowboy poet of Texas history, cowboys, and tall tales. This small collection contains one publicity packet of articles and a publicity photograph.

Polly Burson Scrapbook
The scrapbook has many photographs and newspaper clippings spanning Burson's career. The photographs and newspaper clippings pertain to Polly's stunt work and trick riding.

Jimalee Burton Photograph and Explaination of Green Corn Dance
This collection consists of one photograph and one type-written history of the Green Corn Dance of the Creek Indians, all given to the Museum by Jimalee Chitwood Burton. Persons in the photograph are closely connected with the early history of Oklahoma City and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. The history and description of the “Green Corn Dance” provides instruction for participating in this Creek Indian dance.

Caldwell and Englert Family Papers
Papers and photographs of two early Oklahoma families, the Caldwell and Englert families.

James A. Carson Collection
This collection contains 52 photographs of the 101 Ranch in Bliss, Oklahoma. Most of the photographs are of cowboys and cowgirls from the ranch, but there are several of Native Americans.

Sidney R. Clarke, III, Collection
This small collection consists of three photographs of Will Rogers and Wiley Post.

L. E. Crawford Collection
This 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.

Creative Crafts Video Collection
Videocassettes of the educational Creative Crafts television program, produced by the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma between 1973 and 1991.

Mrs. Cuba Crutchfield Collection
This collection includes a number of photographs of Cuba Crutchfield performing or teaching trick roping skills, programs from early stage performances, and certificates of land allotments. He performed on stage in Wild West shows and followed his cousin Will Rogers into show business. He is most known for his trick roping that often no one could duplicate.

Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
Collection assembled by Cunningham, a collector and Stillwater, Oklahoma photographer, chronicles the early development of Oklahoma through an extensive assemblage of negatives, photographs, documents, and other archival materials.

Fred S. Cushing Collection
This small collection consists of five photographs featuring Ed Wright, Perry Ivory, and other rodeo cowboys at the Mother Lode Round-Up in Sonora, California, circa 1932.

Frank L. Davis Collection
This collection includes six photographic postcards, most by Ralph R. Doubleday, of rodeo personalities such as Leonard Womack, Charlie Johnson, Lee Robinson, Frank Smith, and J. W. Harris.

Ann Dawson Collection
This collection of photographs, most by Dean Burch, feature the 101 Ranch and a number of individuals connected with it, in addition to some photos of Osage and Kiowa. Other photos feature members of the Cherokee Strip Cowpunchers Association.

Joe De Yong Papers (Care of Richard J. Flood)
Papers and photographs of a western movie extra, cowboy artist, Charles M. Russell protégé, and historical consultant on western films such as The Plainsman (1937), Union Pacific (1939), Buffalo Bill (1944), Red River (1948), and Shane (1953).

Judy Dearing Collection of Harley Tucker Photographs
This collection features two photographs of well-known livestock contractor and rodeo producer Harley Tucker. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1997.

Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs
Over 4,000 photographic negatives taken by one of the earliest and best rodeo photographers.

Phillip I. Earl Collection
The Philip I. Earl Collection consists of one photographic postcard by DeVere Helfrich of Slim Pickens as a rodeo clown and Zeke Bowery at Red Blutt, 1948.

Hank Elling Cowboy Poetry Collection
This collection features two articles by Hank Elling about cowboys and roundups. Hank Elling is a cowboy singer and musician from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Verne Elliott Collection
The Verne Elliott Collection presents a photo album containing photographs of rodeo performers, possibly featuring McCarty-Elliott Company livestock.

Frank Erfurth Collection
Frank Erfurth’s small collection of postcards depicts the historic and tragic events of the Whitman Mission Massacre of 1847 in Oregon Territory.

Bessie Feagius Collection
This small collection of nine photographs depicts cowboy life on the Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch during the 1890s.

Dan Flynn Gunsmoke Collection
Scripts, publicity materials, and photographs from the long-running western television series Gunsmoke.

Troy Fort Rodeo Photographs
This collection features several photographs of Troy Fort, All-Around World Champion in 1947 and 1949 in calf roping. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1986.

James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin Fraser Papers
Records include incoming letters, some correspondence, photographs and photographic albums, scrapbooks, sketches and sketch books, clippings, a diary, manuscripts, research material, and plans for monuments, medals, and coins.

John & Mildred Frizzell Collection
Stagecoaches have been an emblem throughout the history and literature of the West, the ultimate symbol of traveling across the rugged frontier to new land and adventures. John D. and Mildred Va. Frizzell owned the Frizzell Coach and Wheel Works, a company that rediscovered the historic stagecoaches and brought them back to life through restoration efforts. This collection includes some of the Museum ephemera Mildred Frizzell collected, in addition to her correspondence and research about the Abbot-Downing #415 Stagecoach.

Sam Garrett Trick Roping Photographs
Well-known trick roper Sam Garrett was featured in many silent era films performing his amazing trick roping skills. He also taught many actors and actresses how to trick rope for the screen. He was a champion cowboy who was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1985. This collection includes several photographs of Garrett.

Estelle Gilbert Papers
Papers and photographs of Estelle Gilbert, a horsewoman, rodeo performer, and longtime friend of Rodeo Hall of Fame steer wrestler Mike Hastings.

Tim Graham Cowboy Poetry Collection
Graham is cowboy musician and singer who was raised on a farm in the Midwest. This small collection contains a publicity packet whick includes several of his original cowboy poems.

Bonnie Gray Papers
These papers of a famous trick rider and stunt person include a scrapbook, some photographs, and an undated manuscript.

Zane Gray Postcards to Daniel Murphy and Florence Boise
This collection is comprised of eight postcards sent from Zane Gray to Daniel Murphy and Florence Boise.

Vernon E. Gray Photograph Collection
This collection is made up of 14 photographs and a piece of letterhead. Most of the images are publicity shots between 1926 and 1930.

Bern Gregory Rodeo Photographs
Over 86,000 photographic negatives and slides of Midwestern and Southeastern rodeos taken between 1958 and 1988.

W.D. Grisso Books, Booklets, and Pamphlets
This collection is comprised of over 950 books, booklets, and pamphlets concerning the American West.

Lt. Colonel John M. Hamilton Papers
Papers and photographs of Lt. Colonel John M. Hamilton, a soldier whose career spanned almost 40 years, from the Civil War through the Indian Wars, until finally ending with his death on San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War.

Frank Harding Collection
This collection is comprised of booklets and pamphlets concerning livestock, correspondence, and materials documenting the Saddle and Sirloin Club of Chicago, Illinois.

DeVere Helfrich Rodeo Photographs
Over 37,000 photographic negatives and log books documenting Midwestern and West Coast rodeos between 1941 and 1970.

Marguerite Henry Book Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West with Illustrations by Robert Lougheed
This collection includes a letter written regarding the bill H. R. 2725. A setup book consisting of 114 pages with possibly page proofs for Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West. The pages have editorial notes written in pencil and ink throughout the text. Photocopies of Robert Lougheed sketches and drawings are taped in place where they are expected within the final production of the book.

Vera M. Herder Collection
Although only two photographs of champion saddle bronc rider Fritz Truan are included in this collection, there are other items related to his rodeo career and military service in other areas of the museum. In addition, he is included in the Rodeo Honorees Vertical Files where a number of articles and correspondence concerning his life are available for research.

Jane Cunningham Hoot Collection
The Jane Cunningham Hoot Collection relates and contributes to the Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection. Jane Cunningham Hoot is the daughter of Robert Cunningham, photograph collector and photographer from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Wilson Hurley Interview
This collection consists of two cassette tapes featuring a discussion with Wilson Hurley about the Windows to the West triptychs. Interview is conducted by Duane Chartier in 1995.

Lynn Huskey Rodeo Photographs
This collection contains thirty-nine photographs and seven panoramic black and white photographs documenting rodeo from 1927-1940.

William E. Irwin Photographic Portfolio and Photographs
Portfolio of 50 American Indian photographs by William E. Irwin, a photographer active in Chickasha, Indian Territory in the 1890s and early-1900s, whose images document the Chiricahua Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa who lived near Anadarko, Indian Territory and Fort Sill.

Claudio Janni Collection: Lucchese Pattern Book
The Claudio Janni Collection features the Sam Lucchese boot pattern book which is an exceptional work of art with pages of designs for boot covers and patterns. Accompanying the book are several photographs, advertising cards, two catalogs, and 35mm slides of boot designs.

Mrs. Elmer Jestes Collection: 101 Ranch
This collection has a small group of color postcards portraying the buildings, events, and activities on the 101 Ranch, Native Americans, and the Miller brothers.

Michael Johnson Cowboy Poetry Collection
Johnson is a humorist, author and international motivational speaker, but also a former professional rodeo cowboy, a former university professor, and has worked in upper level management in industry. This small collection includes a publicity packet.

J. E. Jones Photographic Album
Photographic album with 45 photographs by J. E. Jones, whose images document the Sioux Indians at the Cheyenne River Agency in South Dakota, the Assiniboine and Gros Ventre Indians at the Fort Belknap Agency in Montana, and the Western Apache Indians at the San Carlos Agency in Arizona.

Fletcher Jowers Cowboy Poetry Collection
Jowers is a singer and songwriter of cowboy music and is known for his "Texas Cowboy approach" to music. This collection contains publicity materials.

C. Marita Joyce Photograph
One photograph of two women, one of which being the sister of Maria Martinez, a well-known pottery artist of San Ildefonso Pueblo, is the sole item in this collection. Writing references the missed connection with Maria and Julian Martinez.

Gene Lamb Rodeo Photgraphs
The collection is comprised of 251 rodeo photographs that include action shots and portraits of participants.

Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs
This collection contains 207 images of ranch life in the late nineteenth century. There are photographs of branding, cattle grazing, cattle sales, cowboys on horseback, broad shots of the VVN Ranch, family gatherings, prairie architecture, and every day activities.

Katie Lee Cowboy Poetry Collection
Lee is a native a Tucson, Arizona, and is a western folksinger and author. This collection includes publicity materials and photographs.

Carl Link Papers
Papers and photographs of Carl Link, a German-American artist, commercial illustrator, and art educator best known for his paintings of dance and theatrical personalities, American Indians, and animals.

Carl Link Postcard Collection
Over 2,000 postcards collected as both art reference and souvenirs by Carl Link, a German-American artist, commercial illustrator, and art educator best known for his paintings of dance and theatrical personalities, American Indians, and animals.

Hughie Long Rodeo Photgraphs
This collection includes several photographs of cowboy champion steer rider Hughie Long and other rodeo performers. Nearly all pictures are from the 1930s.

Ora V. Long Collection
This small collection includes two brand books and several photographs of Ora V. Long, who worked for the Stockman's Association for a few years in the early twentieth century.

Tom Lovell Papers
Papers, photographs, and sketches of the award-winning artist and commercial illustrator.

Joe Maddalena Collection
This collection includes comic books, a coloring book, and a certificate of authentication from a purchase of Roy Rogers costume related items.

Jay B. Massey Collection
This collection includes several photographs and photographic postcards taken on the Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch, some of which are personally autographed photos from John A. Guthrie.

Mrs. Charles C. Mayberry Collection
The collection consists of correspondence written in Cherokee from various locations in the Oklahoma Indian Territory to Claremore. Nearly all letters are addressed to Dave Hendricks and postmarked between 1899-1901. It is possible most of the letters are written by Richard Wilkerson, a son-in-law to David Hendricks.

The Bruce McCarroll Collection of the Bonnie & Frank McCarroll Rodeo Archives
Over 850 photographic postcards featuring Frank and Bonnie McCarroll, rodeo, and other historical subjects. The collection also includes photographic prints, panoramics and a scrapbook.

Gerald J. McIntosh Papers
Gerald J. McIntosh was interested in rodeo and many other aspects of the Western Lifestyle. Over his lifetime he collected and subsequently shared with the Museum, a wide variety of American Western popular culture formats as well as a small amount of his own personal papers.

Major David McKee Collection
Major David McKee was the founder of the Anti-Horse Thief Association. A framed photograph on paper of Major McKee is available for viewing and study.

Margo Metegrano Collection of James Barton Adams Poetry & Ephemera
This collection consists of photocopied pages concerning the life of James Barton Adams and his poetry.

Mexican Joe and Pawnee Bill Photographs
This small group of five photographs, donated by Mrs. Hugh Sellers in 1970, contains two photographs of Jose Barrera (1876 – 1949), aka Mexican Joe around 1938. Barrera was a Wild West showman, expert in riding and trick roping. He worked for many years for the Pawnee Bill Wild West Show. The other photographs, including two within a Christmas card, are of Gordon William Lillie (1860–1942). Lillie was better known as Pawnee Bill. These images are available in the Image Archive Database.

Tom Mix Publicity Photographs
This collection is comprised of 143 photographs of Tom Mix. They range from movie stills to published behind-the-scenes images.

Montie Montana Collection
This collection features several 1950s photographs of Montie Montana trick roping. He was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1989.

Donald Nesbitt Collection
This collection features several portrait proofs of Donald Nesbitt by Distinctive Portraiture of Denver, Colorado. Nesbitt was a well-known rodeo contestant in five of the major rodeo events and was one of the first rodeo honorees to be inducted in the Rodeo Hall of Fame, in 1955.

George A. Noble Collection
The collection features five photographs of cowboys leading cattle and horse drives across the range.

Oklahoma Indian Art Gallery
The Oklahoma Indian Art Gallery Records consist of business materials created and used at the gallery between 1979-2008.

Donald Packard Collection
The photographs in this collection are of Bill Pickett, well-known African-American bulldogger of the early rodeo. The collection is open for viewing, but we are not allowed to duplicate them in any manner because they originate from another collection not associated with the Museum.

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Programs
Rodeo programs, daily sheets, and ticket stubs from the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, 1948-1990.

Willard Porter Rodeo Collection
Rodeo photographic postcards, rodeo programs, subject files, and research on the 1924 and 1934 London rodeos, including 62 passport photos of rodeo performers from the London rodeos.

PRCA Rodeo Sports News Rodeo Photographs
The PRCA Rodeo Photographs include 8,818 photographs and 21 negatives depicting animals, participants, and rodeo events probably published in the Rodeo Sports Newsmagazine between 1950 and 1979.

Bill Price Collection
These thirty-six photographs feature steer roping and rodeo cowboys, and most of the photos are dated around 1970. Many of the photographs have unidentified photographers, but the collection does include some photos by Ferrell Butler, DeVere Helfrich, and John Addison Stryker.

Samuel Thomas "Booger Red" Privett Papers
The Papers contain original photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, and two date books owned by Ella Privett Linton with occasional entries about her daily activities while working for a circus. There are also copy photographs and negatives taken by Charlsie Poe, and the resulting books: World Champion Cowboy: Booger Red by Charlsie Poe and Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days edited by Jim and Judy Lanning.

Quarter Circle U Ranch Photographs
This collection documents ranch life, rodeos, and local wildlife at the Quarter Circle Ranch in Wyoming, in 1928. It is comprised of 284 photographs and negatives.

John Rao Jr. Western Entertainers Collection
Sound recording discs, movie/publicity photographs, book covers, and clippings documenting Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Jimmie Rogers, Roy Rogers, and other western actors and performers.

Jessie Newby Ray Collection
This collection highlights the biblical selections made by Mary Newby Miller when she quilted her Bible Quilt and gave lectures on the specific verses used to illustrate the life of Christ. Her family played a major role in the establishment of the Disciples of Christ in Oklahoma and surrounding states. The photograph to the right is Accession # H.111.33, "Aunt Mary & Uncle Porter Miller, Charles & Jessie, about 1923."

William F. Reese Papers
Papers and photographs of the contemporary post-impressionist artist and art instructor whose work embraces landscape, portrait, still life, animals and wildlife, and scenes of the contemporary west. This collection covers a relatively narrow slice of Reese's career, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1980s. Most of the collection documents the writing, design, and production of the 1984 Mary Balcomb book William F. Reese, which was published by Reese's own company, Blue Raven Publishing.

Ira L. Reeves Papers
The Ira L. Reeves Papers includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a few letters, currency from countries Ira visited, booklets, military papers, and personal documents such as business cards and financial documents. Of interest are family photographs portraying clothing styles of the late 19th and early 20th century and military orders. There are also booklets and photographs pertaining to Oklahoma history in the early 20th century.

Monte Reger Rodeo Papers (Care of Virginia Reger)
The Papers features negatives, photographs, and transparencies documenting Monte Reger's rodeo entertainment career. There are also advertisements for the Doby Springs Rodoe and Reger's act with his bull Bobby.

Rodeo Historical Society Records
The Rodeo Historical Society Papers contain documents and photographs pertaining to the Society and the history of rodeo. The Records are divided into thirteen series.

Rodeo Information Commission Membership Files
The RIC Membership files for 1953-1968 may contain photographs and information about rodeo participants' careers before and after joining the Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA).

Collection of Rodeo Programs and Ephemera
Includes more than 1,000 souvenir programs, daily programs, brochures, prize lists, rules, and other ephemera from a wide variety of rodeos throughout the United States and several foreign countries.

Rodeo Photographs Collection
Consists of photographs from numerous sources of cowboys, cowgirls, and bareback and trick ropes. Cowboys: Aber – Zumwalt; Cowgirls: Adams – Young; and Bareback & Trick Ropers)

Tom Ryan Papers
Papers and photographs of a contemporary western artist and photographer whose work documents the life of the working cowboy, especially on the famed 6666 Ranch of King County, Texas.

Collection of Saddlery and Cowboy Gear Catalogs and Ephemera
Contains over 375 original and reproduction items from more than 100 saddle and cowboy gear makers and distributors from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

John Santangelo Image Collection
The Image Collection is comprised of 2,041 images including a small number of western themed photographs collected by John Santagelo.

Charles Schreyvogel Papers
Papers and photographs document the period when Schreyvogel was one of the most popular historical western genre artists in America, including his career, artwork, and relationships with some of the most prominent men and women of his time, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Elizabeth B. Custer, Frederic Remington, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Tom Selleck Collection
Several publicity photographs of Tom Selleck in his most popular western movies have been given to the Museum by the great actor himself. Movies highlighted include: Crossfire Trail, Last Stand at Saber River, Monte Walsh, and Quigley Down Under.

Mrs. Hugh Sellers Collection
This is a small collection of photographs portraying Jose Barrera and Pawnee Bill, one of which is hand-tinted and two of which are attached to a holiday card.

Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection
This research collection amassed by Western author Glenn Shirley includes over 6,400 books, more than 2,900 Western pulp novels, over 1,900 pulp fiction issues, more than 2,600 pieces of sheet music, over 3,200 dime novels and weeklies, greater than 16,800 photographs and negatives and in excess of 10,700 movie posters, lobby cards and inserts.

Arthur Shoemaker Collection on Henry Grammer
A research collection documenting the short, tumultuous life of rodeo performer Henry Grammer assembled by Oklahoma writer and amateur historian Arthur Shoemaker.

Arthur & Shifra Silberman Native American Art Collection
Collection documents Native American art, especially the Kiowa Five artists, including photocopied records, letters, correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, photographs, research notes, and other materials.

Jerry Sinise Western History Collection
Collection includes research materials and photographs about several western historical figures including Texas Ranger Captain G. W. Arrington, John "Pink" Higgins, William Tilghman, and others, also includes a series of limited edition photographs documenting the construction of the Pioneer Woman statue in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Lowell Ellsworth Smith Papers
Papers and photographs of Ohio watercolorist Lowell Ellsworth Smith, whose work encompasses his native Ohio, the western United States, Mexico, and Europe.

Smith Western Movie Stills
The collection is comprised of 431 photographs, 4 publicity magazines, 1 Wild West Stars magazine, 1 article concerning Bill Elliott, and a letter from Lewis H. Smith. The majority of the photographs are film stills and publicity photographs from western movies.

Smokey Snyder Collection of Pendleton Round-Up Photographs
Former rodeo bull riding champion of the 1930s and 1940s Smokey Snyder collected a number of photographs that were also printed alongside feature stories about the Pendleton Round-Up in The Oregonian. These photographs, with their newspaper clipping bylines taped or glued on the reverse side, feature events of the round-up from 1937-1953.

Bettina Steinke and Don Blair Papers
Papers and photographs of artist Bettina Steinke and her husband, commercial photographer and gallery owner, Don Blair, which features nearly 38,000 prints, negatives, transparencies, and slides documenting their lives and careers.

William "Jolly Bill" Steinke Papers
Papers and photographs of cartoonist and radio and television performer William "Jolly Bill" Steinke, who was also the father of artist Bettina Steinke.

Milburn Stone and Jane Stone Papers
Interviews, a draft autobiography, biographical information, photographs, slides, audiocassettes, and reel-to-reel tapes document the career and personal life of the popular Gunsmoke actor.

Carl Studer Rodeo Scrapbook and Ephemera Collection
Documents the business of rodeo promoter, Anvil Park and Amusement Company, Inc. from 1927 to 1931, along with rodeo advertising posters and five rodeo clippings scrapbooks dating from 1921 to 1941.

Harry Taylor Collection
This collection contains a variety of Rodeo Programs from the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. The dates of the programs range from 1937 to 1962.

Howard Tegland Rodeo Postcards Collection
This collection includes 180 photographic postcards of rodeo and cowboy performers of the 1920s, including Mabel Strickland, Fox and Mike Hastings, Mary and Red Sublett, Bob Askin, Yakima Canutt, Lynn Huskey, and Leonard Stroud, among others. There's a group photograph of cowgirls at the Bozeman Round-Up, one of which may be an African-American or Native American cowgirl.

Carl Thurlo Cowboy Poetry Collection
Thurlo hails from Kingston, Oklahoma, a small town close to the Oklahoma-Texas border. He is a cowboy poet and songwriter of The Ranch Hand.

Arthur M. Tinker Photographs
Photographs taken on a wide variety of Indian agencies and reservations by amateur photographer and United States Indian Inspector Arthur M. Tinker, consisting primarily of scenes of Indian agency life between 1898 and 1902.

Neal Torrey Cowboy Poetry Collection
This small collection includes several poems by Neal Torrey, a cowboy poet born in Missouri but raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

George Redman Tucker Photograph
This collection consists of a card photograph of George Redmond Tucker. He was a peace officer in Montague county, Texas, around 1880.

Dallas Turner Cowboy Poetry Collection
Known to radio listeners as Nevada Slim, singer, yodeler, and guitarist Dallas Turner is a native of Yakima, Washington. This collection has publicity materials.

Ray J. Vigil Cowboy Poetry Collection
This collection features several poems by Ray Vigil.

Fay Ward Papers
These papers contain letters, photographs, publications, rodeo programs and result records collected by Fay Ward, including the original drafts of Ward’s articles and unpublished books.

Whitman Mission National Historica Site Collection This collection, donated by Frank Erfurth in 1971, contains a booklet telling the story of the Whitman Mission, two photographs, and sixteen postcards showing the site. The Mission, located in the southeastern part of Washington State, preserves the site of Waiilatpu Mission, a Presbyterian mission to the Cayuse Indians from 1836-1847. During the eleven years of its existence, the mission also became a way-stop for Oregon Trail pioneers. The park preserves foundations of the mission buildings, the Mill Pond and irrigation ditch, a short segment of the Oregon Trail, and a gravesite.

C.G. Wilson Collection
C.G. "Buckshot" Wilson created a scrapbook named "Western Memories," for which he wrote requests to such persons as G.W. Lillie, Frank Eaton, Lucille Mulhall, and Robert Lindneux for letters and photographs to be included in the book. He elaborately designed each page, paginated the poems, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera into a cohesive book documenting the personalities he treasured. There are also several poems about western culture, persons, the Dust Bowl, and rodeo.

Don Winn Gold Mining Stock Certificates Collection
The collection contains 28 stock certificates from gold and silver mining companies between 1878 and 1927.

G. Clifton Wisler Papers
G. Clifton Wisler is known for authoring more than 70 books, and these papers include manuscripts for 56 of his writings and his research files.

John Zeransky Western Film Ephemera Collection
Collection of more than 4,000 arcade cards, postcards, lobby cards, advertising cards (trading cards), Dixie Cup lids, milk lids, and ephemera related to silent and western movie actors and actresses.

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