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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

Where is the Dickinson Research Center located?
When is the Dickinson Research Center open for research?
How do I make an appointment to do research?
What are the primary subject areas covered in the collections of the Dickinson Research Center?
Where do I find the Dickinson Research Center public online catalog?
When I find something in the catalog I want to review, what do I do next?
How do I order still images from the Research Center?
How do I order moving images from the Research Center?
Can you tell me something about the End of the Trail sculpture?
What is the A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists project?
Does the Dickinson Research Center authenticate or appraise artwork, photographs, books, or archival materials?
How do I find out about donating research materials to the Dickinson Research Center?
Does the Dickinson Research Center provide internship opportunities?
Where do I find the names of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum inductees and award winners?
Where do I find information about the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's annual Prix de West Art Exhibition and Sale?

Answers:

Where is the Dickinson Research Center located?
The Dickinson Research Center is located in the lower level of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73111.

When is the Dickinson Research Center open for research?
The Dickinson Research Center is open from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome during the above hours. Please call to make an appointment during other hours. Visitors must be escorted by Research Center staff from the Museum's main floor to the lower level. Please call ahead.

How do I make an appointment to do research?
Call the Research Center at 405-478-2250, Ext. 276 from 9 A.M to 5 P.M., Monday though Friday for an appointment.

What are the primary subject areas covered in the collections of the Dickinson Research Center?
Cowboys, ranching, rodeo, Native Americans, Native American art, contemporary western art, hunting, frontier military and Western performers in film and television. The collection contains books, video, audio, photographs, and archival materials.

Where do I find the Dickinson Research Center's library catalog?
Follow this link to the Dickinson Research Center's on-line library catalog.

When I find something in the catalog I want to review, what do I do next?
Call to make an appointment, and we will have the requested materials pulled and ready for your use.

How do I order still images from the Research Center?
Printable Image Request form. Fill out the form and mail, fax, or email it to us for processing. Our fax number is 405-478-6421.

How do I order moving images from the Research Center?
Printable Moving Images Request form. Fill out the form and mail, fax, or email it to us for processing. Our fax number is 405-478-6421.

Can you tell me something about the End of the Trail sculpture?
James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), the sculptor, imagined the concept of the End of the Trail as a sculpture that does not represent a specific individual or Indian tribe. He first exhibited a model of this sculpture in 1898. While living in Dakota territory as a small boy 1880-1888, Fraser came in close contact with the Sioux Indians and played with the Indian children. Fraser recalls that one old hunter who wintered with the Indians remarked that the Indians would all be driven into the Pacific Ocean. Fraser wrote: "The thought so impressed me that I couldn't forget it, in fact, it created a picture in my mind which eventually became the End of the Trail. I liked the Indians and couldn't understand why they were to be pushed into the Pacific." (Letter dated, August 17, 1953) This popular image has been reproduced in various forms including paintings. We have no information about where to find one of these paintings, but they are often found in antique and print shops. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum acquired the statue in 1968 and after extensive restoration it was displayed to the public in 1970. The height of the statue is 18 feet and the wooden pedestal adds another six feet. The Museum provides educational materials on the website, in addition to more curatorial information in the Gallery Guides.

What is the A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists project?
The A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project is an endowed field program of the Dickinson Research Center. This project is critical to achieving the Research Center's goal to preserve, expand, enhance and make available its collections and, more specifically, to provide future artists, art historians, educators and researchers with materials that document contemporary western art, which is a major collecting strength of the Museum. These materials, which are often overlooked and lost to posterity, include the personal papers, studio ephemera, photographs and interviews of contemporary Western artists. This project helps preserves artists careers for posterity.

Does the Dickinson Research Center authenticate or appraise artwork, photographs, books, or archival materials?
No, neither the curatorial nor Research Center staff are able to appraise or authenticate any material for the general public. Persons interested in having artwork appraised may be able to find a local appraiser using these websites:

How do I find out about donating research materials to the Dickinson Research Center?
Contact Research Center Director, Gerrianne Schaad, at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 273 to discuss your potential donation.

Does the Dickinson Research Center provide internship opportunities?
Although the Research Center has no formalized internship program, we have provided internship opportunities. Contact Research Center Director, Gerrianne Schaad, at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 273 to inquire.

Where do I find the names of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum inductees and award winners?
The Museum's website Information section has lists of inductees and special awards for Prix de West, Rodeo Inductees, Great Westerners, Great Western Performers, and other awards.

Where do I find information about the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's annual Prix de West Art Exhibition and Sale?
Information about Prix de West, including applications and guidelines, can be found in the Events area of the Museum's website.

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