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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Pratt Family Native American Photography Collection
Pratt Family Native American Photography Collection
This collection contains colorized photographs of Native Americans.
Pro-Rodeo Historical Society Collection
Pro-Rodeo Historical Society Collection
This collection contains photographs, including panoramic photographs, of rodeo events. The majority were photographed by DeVere Helfrich and were taken between the 1920's and 1960's.
Quarter Circle U Ranch Photographs
Quarter Circle U Ranch Photographs
The Quarter Circle U Ranch Photographs Collection contains photographs and negatives documenting ranch life, rodeos, and local wildlife at the Quarter Circle U Ranch in 1928. Click here for more information about this collection.
Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs
Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs
The Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Photographs Collection contains photographs taken by Ralph R. Doubleday between 1910-1952. As Doubleday traveled across the nation, he documented 40 years of rodeo history through images of people, events, and venues.
Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Postcards
Ralph R. Doubleday Rodeo Postcards
Ralph R. Doubleday's rodeo photographs tell the early history of rodeo as sport and entertainment. He often printed his photographs as postcards to make them more accessible to rodeo contestants and fans. These postcards represent a small portion of Doubleday's photographs, and the full collection of his work can be found in the Ralph R. Doublday Rodeo Photographs.
Reuben Squire Collection
Reuben Squire Collection
This collection has safety film negatives, photographs, and photographic postcards. The images represent various rodeo events throughout Colorado and Wyoming, focusing on Steamboat Springs, Golden, Fort Morgan, and Mount Harris, Colorado, as well as Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection
The Robert E. Cunningham Oklahoma History Collection contains photographs and negatives by various photographers that showcase the people and places in Oklahoma from the late 1800s through the late 1900s. This collection contains disturbing materials, specifically human corpses.
Robert G. McCubbin Western Photographs
Robert G. McCubbin Western Photographs
The collection is comprised of 47 historic photographs featuring people and places in the late 1800s American West. Click here for more information about this collection.
Rodeo Photographs via Chester Byers
Rodeo Photographs via Chester Byers
This collection contains photographs, including panoramic photographs, from rodeos in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and New York City, New York.
Small Collections
Small Collections
Small Collections is comprised of individual collections that contain fewer materials than typical. Each collection below is separate from the others.
Smith Western Movie Stills
Smith Western Movie Stills
This collection is comprised of film stills and publicity photographs from western movies. Click here for more information about this collection.
Smokey Snyder Collection of Pendleton Round-Up Photographs
Smokey Snyder Collection of Pendleton Round-Up Photographs
This collection contains photographs of the Pendleton Round-Up collected by Smokey Snyder. It includes photographs of parades, Native Americans, and specialty acts. Newspaper by-lines are attached to the back of each photograph, and most photos were taken by staff photographer for The Oregonian, Frank Sterrett.

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