The Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center Collection

About the Collection

Collected over a period of more than eighty years, the Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center consists of more than 21,000 volumes relating to the history of the Trans-Mississippi West, including rare and fine press books, serials, pamphlets, maps, and other printed items. Subject strengths include Native Americans, cowboys and cattlemen, western military history, Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn, western art, transportation, trails, and national parks. The collection also contains western art including paintings, etchings, and lithographs; Native American baskets and pottery; bronze sculptures; and memorabilia.

The collection was donated to the Regents of the University of California for the University Library at the University of California, Davis by Michael and Margaret B. Harrison and is administered by the Department of Special Collections.

In the News

"UC Davis has received one of the greatest private book collections in the world on Western history." More about the historic donation [video].