Research Resources

Staff are available to help locate relevant collections and materials, or to direct your question to the appropriate department. To view museum library or archives please call ahead to schedule an appointment.

Museum Library

The Museum library is a comprehensive collection devoted to the American Quarter Horse and the American Quarter Horse Association. The non-circulating collection documents the history of the breed and association, the first 5,000 AQHA registrations, and other ephemera documenting the origination of the American Quarter Horse.

The library's holdings include approximately 5,000 books, 10,000 periodicals including all issues of the Quarter Horse Journal, the Quarter Racing Journal and America's Horse, 2,200 sale catalogs and 40,000 other films, announcements and photographs.

Museum Archives

The museum archives were established in 1989 to collect, organize, preserve and make accessible documentation concerning the American Quarter Horse's historical and cultural role in the development of the nation and the American Quarter Horse Association. It is also a center of research for primary source material concerning many aspects of the breed, including private archives that may be the papers of early owners and breeders.

Sensitive data is protected, evidentiary values and provenances are observed and copyright and privacy issues are respected; basic conservation methods are employed.

The Archives serves outside researchers as well as Museum and Association staff. Certain archival records have been converted to digital files which make them available internationally.

Requesting Research Materials

To request research materials, please call (806) 376-5181 and speak to the Curator or email museum@aqha.org.