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Into the Archives: Breeder’s Gazette

Talk about fancy! Unlike today, farmers and ranchers of long ago couldn’t just Google to find answers to their questions. Fortunately, they had an amazing magazine to refer to for information on the care and breeding of farm animals. It was called The Breeder’s Gazette. Published from 1881 to 1957 this magazine contained helpful information as well as beautiful lithographs of a variety of farm animals. The publishers made extravagant editions for Christmas, such as the edition in the first image.
December 1957

About The Dickinson Research Center (DRC)

The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center (DRC) houses the Museum’s archival and photographic collections, institutional records and library. It shares the Museum’s mission to preserve and interpret the evolving history and cultures of the American West through exhibitions, education, research, and publications.

The collections span centuries and include over 42,000 books; 700,000 photographs; dime novels, manuscripts, maps, film posters, movies and more. Not limited to the old West, they also cover the modern authors, directors and artists inspired by it. Main subject areas include general western history, rodeo history, Native American history, western popular culture, western art and ranching.


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