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Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection

Identifier: RC2006-068

Content Description

The Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection is an extensive collection of documents, photographs, movie memorabilia, books, and magazines collected and created by Glenn D. Shirley from his teenage years until his death. Broadly, the collection focuses on his research for his writing and his personal interest in Western American history. Shirley was specifically interested in 19th century western fiction, early 20th century western movies, and true crime. The bulk of the collection dates between the 1940s and 2002. However, there are newspaper clippings and photographs dating back to the 1850s. The collection is divided into five series: Biographical, Correspondence, Publications, Research Materials, and Visual and Audio Materials.

It should be noted that subjects are duplicated throughout the various series. For example, information about Bill Doolin and the Dalton Gang can be found in Oklahoma Territory, Book Research, Magazine Research, and Western Americana Research.


  • Creation: 1850 - 2002



508 Linear Feet (1108 boxes, oversized boxes)

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In Progress
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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

1700 Northeast 63rd Street
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73111 United States