Research Archives Overview
The Haley Library is an extensive research library focusing on the history of the Southwest. Researchers come from all over the world to use the materials found in the Haley Library.
The Collections are open for serious research and study. The archivist is available by appointment. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 432.682.5785 or email [email protected] to make an appointment. With prior notice material can be researched and made available upon arrival. We recognize the importance of a researcher's time and strive to be efficient.
The archival collections at the Haley History Center are unique to the historians that placed their collections in a privately managed facility. The collections include photographs, diaries, manuscripts, correspondence, interviews, and maps. These inventories reveal research material collected by the authors/historians that collected them for their particular research focus. They have been maintained as the creator/donor had them arranged. Indexes and finding aids to these collections were created by Haley archivist Jim Bradshaw (dec'd). His Collections Register should reviewed by first time users of the Haley History Center and is available for download.
Major Collections received this designation by Mr. Bradshaw to communicate the size and depth of material in the collections. They usually include most of the types of material mentioned above. The Haley, Goodnight, Mullin, Williams, Thrapp, collections are just some so designated.
Small Collections usually are those that contain less than one file drawer of material. They are mostly narrow in focus and limited in scope. They do contain some important and unique items.
The over 12,000 photos contained in the Haley History Center reveal an astounding window into the past. The people, places, things, animals, events, all from our distant past are represented in these vast photo collections. Many have been digitized, some have not. All are identified and cataloged and maintained in environments meeting professional archival standards.
The Haley map collections are another tool used by historian/donors that were essential to their ability to communicate and illustrate their works. The maps are indexed and reveal very early maps that are able to be compared to current GPS maps that reveal numerous changes that have occurred in the cartographic world. Some of the maps are hand drawn from the collective memories of trail drivers, ranch foremen, cowboys, and those interviewed by Mr. Haley. These maps are integral part of any researchers complete experience in the Haley History Center.
The Haley Library bound book stacks are an antiquarian bibliophile's heaven. This non-lending collection contains items not known to exist in even the largest national libraries. Mr. Haley understood the importance to future researchers the need to access primary sourced items that were published from the days before revisionist historians had published works that ignored the truths of the primary researchers in their field and on their grounds. His ability to collect thousands of pamphlets published by all kinds of government and military printing plants was unsurpassed. The Haley Library maintains a digital card catalog and its original typed card catalog. The Haley Library's collections are an unbelievable treasure of the Southwest.
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Download a copy of the Collections Register for easier offline viewing and reference.