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Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center

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.


The Dickinson Research Center is open to the public by appointment from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, contact us at askarchives@nationalcowboymuseum.org


The DRC actively collects archival material that relates to the American West. Please contact us at askarchives@nationalcowboymuseum.org if you have items you are interested in donating.


The DRC cannot appraise or authenticate archival materials. Search for certified appraisers here: www.isa-appraisers.org

Order an Image

Please use the Still Image Request Form to request photographs (both digital and print) from the Dickinson Research Center. Print, complete and sign the form and email  to the DRC to fulfill your image request. Orders may take up to eight weeks to process. Contact the DRC for rush pricing. Refer to the price sheet below for photograph fees and use fees.

Image Production Fees

DIGITAL IMAGES (delivered via Dropbox)
From existing TIFF files: $20 per image
Scanning to create TIFF file: $30 per image

Image Use Fees

Costs for the reproduction of images are the sum of production and use fees. Image use fees noted below are per image. If you have questions about image production and/or image fees, please contact us at AskArchives.

Scholarly Commercial
Books, Guides, Brochures, Catalogs $20.00 $100.00
Magazines, Newspapers, Newsletters, Journals $20.00 $100.00
Book jackets, Magazine & Multimedia Covers $50.00 $250.00
Film, Movie, Television, etc. $50.00 $250.00

Credit Card Form

We provide a Credit Card Form for those who wish to send that information by fax, mail or email.

Email: AskArchives@nationalcowboymuseum.org
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