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that wanders too far from related themes. We are frequently contacted by
organizations that would like us to become their repository. One area of
"almost open door status" is that of material related to the historically significant
ranchingfamily history. We welcome that type of material and the
photos, diaries, and letters that accompany them.
One of the biggest surprisesfor the Haley Library was the acquisition of
the Dan L. Thrapp collection. We received a call from one of his children
in Phoenix stating that the estate had sold Dans house, and his will had
directed that his research library andpapers were to go to the Haley Library
in Midland. The sale of the house was to close in less than one week, and
allpersonal belongings were to be removed. We had to rent a U-Haul truck
and send three staff members to retrieve the material and unload it in the
Library in less than four days. The task was accomplished and provided the
Library with an expanded geographical coverage.
Several anchors from the collections form a short "most important" list.
Certainly the Alamo mission bell is an important artifact to Texas history.
J. Evetts Haleys interviews are also unique and exclusive in their nature, as
well as the vintage photography collection of Erwin E. Smith.
The Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library and History Center is
open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and no admission
is charged. See www.haleylibrary.com for more information, or call
A statue of a mounted cowboy welcomes visitors to the Haley Library in Midland.
Once inside, guests can see Western artwork, research material from noted authors,
correspondence, and even one of the four known bells to have hung over the Alamo.
Images provided by the Haley Library.
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