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Marguerite Henry Book Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West with Illustrations by Robert Lougheed

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: H-66

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a setup copy of the book Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West by Marguerite Henry and Velma Johnston, with illustrations by Robert Lougheed. The book consists of 114 pages of possibly page proofs for Mustang. These pages are taped to sheets of paper which were placed in a three-ring binder. The pages have editorial notes written in pencil and ink throughout the text. Photocopies of Robert Lougheed sketches and drawings are taped into place where they are expected within the final production of the book.

Also included is a letter dated September 10, 1959, on White House stationary and the pen used by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to sign a bill protecting wild horses (86th Congress, H. R. 2725) mounted on a matte board.


  • circa 1950s


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Marguerite Henry Book Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West with Illustrations by Robert Lougheed Collection is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Copyrighted artwork images and published literary works are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum before publication.

Biographical / Historical

Marguerite Henry was an American writer who inspired children all over the world with her love of animals, especially horses. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel books. Later, this book—as well as Justin Morgan had a Horse and Brighty of the Grand Canyon—were made into movies. Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West was the Western Heritage Award winner for juvenile books in 1966, awarded in 1967. Velma “Wild Horse Annie” Bronn Johnston was an animal rights activist who co-wrote Mustang with Marguerite Henry.

Robert Lougheed was one of the prime movers in the founding of the National Academy of Art at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and continued to serve as an advisor for many years. He also gave generously of his time as a teacher to many young painters who came to him. As a beneficiary of the legacy of Frank Vincent DuMond, Harold Von Schmidt, Sir Alfred Munning, Frederic Remington and a legion of others, Robert Lougheed felt obliged to help preserve their artistic traditions. He championed realism at a time when the mainstream of American art had lapsed increasingly into abstraction.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



This collection includes a letter written regarding the bill H. R. 2725 and 114 pages with possibly printed proofs of the pages for Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West with photocopies of Robert Lougheed sketches and drawings.

Processing Information

This collection was donated circa 1966 probably by the author Marguerite Henry.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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