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In addition to its extensive Texas History holdings the Center for American History has acquired significant collections of Western Americana documenting the historical development of the western United States, with a special focus on the Rocky Mountain West. Included are rare book libraries assembled by private collectors, manuscripts and archives, photographs, maps including ones of cattle drives and railroads, newspapers, post cards, ephemera, and other non-book items. A selection is highlighted below.

The Eberstadt Collection is comprised of books, manuscripts, broadsides and maps about Texas and the American West previously owned by Edward Eberstadt & Sons, a New York bookseller. Three thousand volumes and more than 2,000 manuscripts describe the exploration and development of the West and southwest, especially those states that were originally part of Texas; the westward movement, and the Louisiana Purchase.

The Frank Kell Collection contains more than 5,000 books written about exploration of new regions; frontiersmen, adventurers, and outlaws; Indians and border warfare; the army and Texas rangers; cowboys and cattlemen; trails and railroads; industry and commerce; biography and history. The Kell Library fund supports the purchase of additions to this collection.

The Earl and Vada Vandale Western Americana Collection includes works on fur trading, exploration, the cattle kingdom, outlaws and peace officers. 

A rare collection of Beadle’s dime novels, late nineteenth century and early twentieth century U.S. popular fiction written about the western frontier about subjects such as Buffalo Bill, outlaws, hunters, adventures, oil and romance.

The papers of Margaret Borland, owner of one of the largest herds of cattle in Texas, 1858–1879, and one of the first women to go up the trail to Kansas.

Corrine Goodnight’s 1927 diary describing her marriage to Charles Goodnight, the status of his health and her own as well as daily events.

The Lucchese Boot Company records, 1910–1968.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattleraisers Association Records

The True West Archive contains original manuscripts, page proofs, editorial notes, correspondence, photographs, drawings, magazines, sound recordings, and related miscellaneous records about the production of True West and related magazines, 1953–1979.

The papers of Jesse Edward Grinstead, editor of the Kerrville Mountain Sun who wrote and published a monthly called Grinstead’s Graphic, wrote novels and submitted stories to a variety of adventure and western romance magazines.