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Research Archives, Collections, and Resources

The pinnacle of American West research + resources

Explore thousands of museum objects and images, and deepen your knowledge of the American West. We have one of the most extensive collections of Plains Indian objects, photos of famous figures of the West, and more. Led by the McCracken Library at the Center of the West, we’re dedicated to preserving and publishing the very best of American West history for public use.

The McCracken Research Library

The McCracken Research Library offers an extensive collection of rare books, historic photographs, and original manuscripts relating to the West. Explore our collections and make use of McCracken staff members to understand the complexities of Wild West history.
Explore thousands of objects from our museum collections. Save your favorites and share with friends!
Photos tell the real story of the West. Browse images of historical figures, Plains Indian culture, and more.
An expansive collection of photos, documents, and records that examine both sides of Buffalo Bill.
Research stipends that promote new scholarship and expand our view of the American West.
An expansive database of manuscripts, photographs, and other items that preserve American West history.
The premier online collection of more than 3,000+ unique artworks by Frederic Remington.
An extensive database of Alexander Phimister Proctor’s bronzes and other various works.
Browse our research library’s book collection through the Wyoming Libraries Database, WYLDCat.
Use our photographs, posters, and artwork for educational, journalistic, or personal use.