Digital Collections

The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center's digital collections primarily focus on the photographic collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, encompassing topics such as the history of rodeo and the diverse American West as well as western popular culture and art.

Primary resources are a reflection of their time and may be visually disturbing or have language that is harmful.

For research assistance and rights and reproductions requests, please contact askarchives@nationalcowboymuseum.org. To learn more about the Dickinson Research Center, visit us at https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/drc/.


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Johnnie Lee Wills Collection
Johnnie Lee Wills Collection
This collection contains photographs of Johnnie Lee Wills and Bob Wills.
Judy Dearing Collection
Judy Dearing Collection
This collection features photographs of livestock contractor and rodeo producer Harley Tucker.
Kid Currycomb by Joe De Yong Comic
Kid Currycomb by Joe De Yong Comic
This small collection contains a hand-drawn comic by Western artist Joe De Yong, along with an accompanying note about the character. Click here for more information about this collection.
Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs
Late Nineteenth Century Texas Ranching Photographs
This collection contains silver gelatin prints, albumen prints, collodion print-out paper prints, and nitrate negatives. The images show cowboys working cattle, including branding, as well as bullfighting, matadors, ranches, including the V V N Ranch and the XIT Springlake Ranch. There are family portraits as well.
Leonard Stroud Collection
Leonard Stroud Collection
The photographs in this collection show trick ropers and riders Leonard Stroud and his wife Mayme Saunders Stroud performing their acts at rodeos in the 1920s and 1930s. It also features other rodeo contestants and entertainment acts.
Linda M. Davis Collection
Linda M. Davis Collection
This collection contains one map of Colfax and Mora Counties in New Mexico.
Lt. Colonel John M. Hamilton Papers
Lt. Colonel John M. Hamilton Papers
Lt. Colonel John M. Hamilton was 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. This collection contains photographs and drawings from the late 19th century.
Luis Ortega Collection
Luis Ortega Collection
This collection contains photographs from Luis Ortega, famous for his leather braiding. The photographs show Ortega throughout his life and date from circa 1900-1987.
Mauri Langenberg Collection
Mauri Langenberg Collection
This collection has photographs, copy photographs, and transparencies. Most are rodeo related, many focusing on David Shellenberger.
Mike Leslie Collection
Mike Leslie Collection
The Mike Leslie Collection contains postcards featuring Native Americans.
Monte Reger Rodeo Papers Collection
Monte Reger Rodeo Papers Collection
The Monte Reger Rodeo Papers Collection features negatives, photographs, and transparencies documenting Monte Reger’s career. Monte Reger was a rodeo announcer and entertainer, most known for his rodeo act with his longhorn bull, Bobby. Click here for more information about this collection.
Montie Montana Collection
Montie Montana Collection
This collection contains photographs of Montie Montana and his horse Rex.

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