The Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center Collection

Michael Harrison at the Grand Canyon, circa 1925

Margaret Baker at a Palm Springs dude ranch, 1931

Michael and Margaret Harrison near Santa Fe, 1932

Michael Harrison at his desk in the office that he called his "hideout."

Henry Schoolcraft's Information respecting the history, condition, and prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States (1851-57) in six volumes contains S. Eastman plates and is inscribed by Luke Lea, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

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.