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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Mrs. C. V. Elwell Collection
Mrs. C. V. Elwell Collection
The Mrs. C. V. Elwell Collection contains photographs of cowboys circa 1890.
Mrs. Cuba Crutchfield Collection
Mrs. Cuba Crutchfield Collection
This collection contains photographs and photographic postcards that depict Cuba Crutchfield trick roping. There are also archival materials available for research.
Mrs. Elmer Jestes Collection
Mrs. Elmer Jestes Collection
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.
Mrs. Grant E. Ashby Collection
Mrs. Grant E. Ashby Collection
In 1924, Tex Austin took rodeo stars to London for the First International Rodeo. Mrs. Ashby attended the rodeo several times, collected photographs and memorabilia, and befriended the contestants.
Nicholas Eggenhofer Pen & Ink Illustrations
Nicholas Eggenhofer Pen & Ink Illustrations
This collection contains drawings by Nicholas Eggenhofer (1897-1985).
Oregon Farming Photographs, 1900s, 1940s
Oregon Farming Photographs, 1900s, 1940s
Oregon Farming Photographs, 1900s, 1940s contains images related to farming and farm machinery used in Oregon during the 1900s and 1940s. There are also rodeo photographic postcards.
Osborn Collection
Osborn Collection
This collection contains photographs, the majority of which are of rodeo events.
Overland Westerners Photographs
Overland Westerners Photographs
This collection consists of photographic prints related to the Overland Westerners horse ride across the United States.
Patricia Geary Guay Collection
Patricia Geary Guay Collection
The Patricia Geary Guay Collection contains photographs of Fannie Sperry Steele and her home.
Photographic Study Collection
Photographic Study Collection
Spanning the history of photography, this collection brings together examples of ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, tintypes, cased photographs, stereographs, photographic postcards, silver gelatin prints, and more. The topics covered in the collection primarily focus on the general history of the American West. Click here for more information about this collection.
Photographs of Fritz Truan
Photographs of Fritz Truan
This collection contains a copy print and colorized photograph of Fritz Truan at the 1940 World's Championship Rodeo at Red Bluff, California.
Polly Drayer Mills Burson Scrapbook
Polly Drayer Mills Burson Scrapbook
The scrapbook contains many photographs and newspaper clippings spanning Burson's career as a trick rider and Hollywood stunt woman.

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