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Library & Research

Arguably the most unique in the world, our archives are devoted to the American cowgirl.

The Research Library at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame moved with the Museum to Fort Worth in 1993. The collection includes materials focusing on women of the American West and their accomplishments; biographies and historical recollections; literature depicting the movement westward in America’s discovery and exploration; cowgirl/cowboy rodeo history and culture; and ranching and popular culture, both past and present.

Library materials include books, videos, archives and oral histories relating to Hall of Fame Honorees and the American cowgirl. Archival materials include manuscripts, letters, scrapbooks and newspaper clippings, with many pieces donated by and about women who have been inducted and nominated to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Our library materials are non-circulating and may only be used on-site. The library is open on weekdays and located on the second floor of the Museum. Collections are available for study to qualified researchers and scholars by appointment only. Call 817.336.4475 or email info@cowgirl.net.

The Research Library is a member of the Cultural District Library Consortium (CDLC), a group of libraries in the Fort Worth Cultural District whose goal is to introduce technology in innovative and efficient ways for improving internal and external access to the unique resources of each institution.

About the Cultural District Library Consortium

The CDLC, based in Fort Worth, TX, was formed in 1996 by the Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame joined the consortium in 2003. The CDLC catalog is achieved through a partnership with Texas Christian University, also in Fort Worth.

CDLC’s non-circulating collections represent subject areas corresponding to each museum’s collection. The Carter specializes in American art, history, and photography; the Kimbell in European, Egyptian, Asian, Meso-American, African, Pre-Columbian, Oceanic and Middle Eastern art; the Modern in American and European modern and contemporary art; and the Cowgirl in the history of women in the West.

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