Amon G. Carter's Library

This morning I was taking a gander at a printed inventory in our files that details Amon G. Carter's personal library. My understanding is that by the time of his death in 1955, he had amassed about 4,000 titles. His collection was buoyed by the purchase of two private libraries: the Louis P. Merrill collection that focused on western cattle trade, range grasses, and Texas history; and the Frank B. Smith collection that focused on books illustrated by Frederic Remington and other artists of that genre. Carter's library came to the museum shortly after its opening in 1961. By this time, Carter's library had expanded to take in a wide range of subjects consistent with his varied interests. The original library of 4,000 titles got weeded to about 2,500 titles with subject matter most appropriate to the museum's mission. Today I tip my hat to Mr. Carter and his fine library that forms the nucleus of the museum's library collection. Today the collection includes over 100,000 items.


do tell more about the information on range grasses! Fascinating.

Hi there,

The description of the Frank Smith library was written by a previous librarian, and I do not find a lot in the catalog about grasses other the following titles which specifically deal with grasses. That said, there may be many more titles that deal with grasses less directly. You are welcome to come by the library to take a look sometime.

Hitchcock, A. S. (Albert Spear), 1865-1935.
Manual of the grasses of the United States / by A.S. Hitchcock.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O., 1950.

Tharp, Benjamin Carroll, 1885-
Texas range grasses; by Benjamin Carroll Tharp, with drawings by Clare Y. Whaley.
Austin, University of Texas Press, 1952.


Samuel Duncan
Library Director
Amon Carter Museum
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
t. 817.989.5042 f. 817.989.5039

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