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Oral Histories

There’s much to be said for getting information from the source. Thanks to a generous gift from the Walton Family Foundation, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has been gathering first-hand, reliable accounts of historical events from Hall of Fame Honorees since 2000.

Their oral histories provide us with a unique source of documentation about extraordinary women — pioneers, artists, writers, entertainers, ranchers and rodeo cowgirls whose positive contributions span from the mid-1800s to the present.

Today, our Oral History project has expanded to include not only primary players but observers as well. Relatives of Honorees, nominees to the Museum’s Hall of Fame, important authors and many others are helping to preserve the history and impact of these remarkable Western women for present and future generations.

Our Archive

Since 2000, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has established an archive of oral history interviews with nearly 200 women. Tapes, DVDs and transcripts are stored in our library and made available to the public for purposes of education and research.

Transcripts may be read, quoted from, cited and reproduced for purposes of research. They may not be published in full except by permission of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.