The Haley Memorial Library & History Center has a vast number of photographs within our collections for study. Here, XIT ranch hands take a break out on the trail.
Annual Fall Gathering
Join us each October to celebrate the recipients of the Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman's Awards and enjoy an afternoon with some of the greatest cowmen and women at the Fall Gathering.
Fine Art of the Southwestern US
The purpose of the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library and J. Evetts Haley History Center is to facilitate the study of our Southwestern Texas history.
The Library houses more than 25,000 books, manuscripts and other printed material documenting western history.
The Mission of The Haley Library & Research Center
J. Evetts Haley created a privately managed Trust for the benefit of those who choose to research the history of the Great Southwest.The Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library & J. Evetts Haley History Center maintains and administers the astonishing research collections utilized by J. Evetts Haley and other notable historians for their published works of the history of the frontier development of the Southwestern U. S. These collections include interviews, documents, correspondence, maps, manuscripts, and photographs that reveal the lives of those pioneers that settled the open ranges following the War Between the States. The history of the vast ranges of the western two thirds of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona is unique to the American experience and is available at no charge to researchers, both professional and casual.
“I found what I was already beginning to suspect – that history was not confined to Greece and Rome, but was also on the ranges all around me.” ~ J. Evetts Haley
The collections and programs of the Library and the History Center concentrate on the common threads between the cowboy, the range cattle industry, military and railroads. Each industry depended on the other in order to expand. The settlement of the West could not have occurred without these elements co existing and growing together.
Established in 1976, this remarkable institution has endured the test of time. Offered in the collections are printed and manuscript materials on western exploration, frontier military history, early railroads, the development of ranching and farming, mining, politics, frontier social history and material on regional and local Texas histories.
The Haley Library book stacks reveal a collection of primary sourced non-fiction that is recognized by researchers as the “best of its kind” in the Southwestern U.S. Countless authors over the last 40 plus years have benefited from their research from the shelves of the Haley Library collections. The topically arranged shelves reveal thousands of scarce pamphlets and rare books found in but a few libraries across the country, private or public. This non-lending collection is a treasure trove to researchers for primary source material.
The Archival Collections at the Haley Library contain an amazing array of some 700 plus interviews conducted by J. Evetts Haley with old traildrivers, XIT Ranch foremen, surviving participants of New Mexico’s Lincoln County War and the Billy the Kid story. Interviews of old time cowmen that built the large fenced ranches that followed the end of the open range era reveal the trials and struggles of people like Charles Goodnight and his contemporaries.
Join today and receive the latest “Haley Library Newsletter” and be placed on the Library Master List to be sure to receive all event mail-outs either digitally or in hard copy (your preference). The Library Calendar of Events will keep you up to date on upcoming events from fine art shows and exhibits to book signings, our annual “Fall Gathering Ranch Storytelling and Foy Proctor Cowman’s Award of Honor” event.
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