Liberal Memorial Library

Your Story Begins Here

Catalog Website
  Harry E. Chrisman, former Liberal author and historian, donated a large collection of his writings, photographs, and other items to Liberal Memorial Library for the purpose of research. This database searches the contents of the Chrisman Collection.  
CallNo: C16  
Descriptive Title: Comments with 6 small pictures   Type: 
Date of Origin: 1942-1945   Provenance:
Size:    Condition: fair
Text: Top - Gertrude [Wermingberg or Wernerrigberg]; Rose Aisenberg; front [Doralar or Dorothy] White R.G. Randolph Scott - I knew his sister who was a WAC Cpl/Lieberman was one of my good "Panelists"' not in this photo. *Winchester - at left *____________________ *me (Harry) middle - *____________________ *____________from MPs Harry E. Chrisman orientation group - Harry was one of leaders
Misc Info: This piece of cardboard was with a thin piece of cardboard that had 6 small pictures that were taped to it. All but one picture has been cropped.
Subject: Military
Orientation group
  Related to:  P544

CallNo: E1-E1a4  
Descriptive Title: Envelope holding rodeo picture by Doubleday   Type: Envelope
Date of Origin: 1971 (pics were 1922)   Provenance:private collection - Doubleday
Size: 4 5/8 x 6 7/8"   Condition: good
Text: [front] Market Basket Photo Co. P.O. Box 2830 San Diego, California 92112 Third Class (crossed out) First Class 17 Rodeo Pix(& negatives) by Doubleday Scottsbluff, Nebr., Legion Rodeo July 4-5-6, 1922 Name - Harry E. Chrisman Address Denver, Colo. 80215 [postage stamp] San Diego Calif May 10 '71 U.S. Postage .36 T-N Meter 610879
Misc Info: Manila envelope shipped to Harry Chrisman from Market Basket Photo Co. Written in red - rodeo Pix and in pen Scottsbluff, Neb. Back of envelope has brown tape - top tape torn.
Subject: manila envelope
Market Basket Photo Co.
San Diego, California
rodeo pictures
rodeo negatives
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Legion Rodeo
Harry E. Chrisman
Denver, Colorado
  Related to: 

CallNo: L3-F1a  
Descriptive Title: Letter about Mildred Douglas Chrisman   Type: Letter
Date of Origin: April 16, 1982   Provenance:
Size: 5 7/8 x 8 5/16"   Condition: good
Text: April 16, 1982 Dear Don: On this day, 1943, my old Dad died at Scottsbluff, Nebr. where he had lived for many years, since 1920 ... Be sure to return photo and negative when through with them. Yours, Mark [back] xter A World Economic Service Putnam Avenue, P.O. Box 2200 Connecticut 06836 [postage stamp] Cutchogue NY P.B. Meter 3317229 U.S. Postage .10 9 (9 underlined)
Misc Info: Response to L2-F1a; letter to unknown person from unknown person; all typed except for signature - on some type of business paper.
Subject: Mildred Douglas Chrisman
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
draft horses
rodeo photos
  Related to:  L2-F1a

CallNo: NC1-E1a3  
Descriptive Title: Skeeter Humble at Mesquite, Texas, rodeo   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: May 1, 1972   Provenance:
Size: 4 7/8 x 6 1/2"   Condition: very good
Text: [side 1] May 1, 1972 17 [caption under photo] Arizona's Skeeter Humble is still up there somewhere during this action at the weekly rodeo in Mesquite, Texas. The bronc is Storm Cloud of the Pete Gay Mesquite string and he's raining it all this particular night. (McShan Photo) [side 2] "Herr Obergruppenfuehrer Eric von Ringtail" is shown in action at the Shrine Club Rodeo in Ardmore, Okla., early in April. Dennis Reiners, the 1970 world champion saddle bronc rider now making his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., drew Big Enough of the Billy Minick bronc bunch. (Long Photo)
Misc Info: Clipping from unknown newspaper - photo of horse and cowboy rider - horse is up in air; back photo of cowboy on bucking saddlebronc.
Subject: Skeeter Humble
Storm Cloud (horse)
Rodeo Sports News
Mesquite, Texas cowboy horse
Pete Gay Mesquite
McShan "Big Enough" Billy Minick Long rodeo arena
rodeo Dennis Reiners saddlebronc Scottsdale, AZ
rodeo arena cowboy horse
signs grandstands spectators Arizona
Eric Von Ringtail Shrine Club Rodeo Ardmore, Ok
  Related to: 

CallNo: NC2-E1a6  
Descriptive Title: Rodeo article about Ralph Doubleday's photos and photo examples   Type: Newspaper Clipping
Date of Origin: September 1989   Provenance:newspaper article by Chrisman
Size: 4 1/2 x 8"   Condition: very good
Text: [article] Working the early rodeo "I thoroughly enjoyed Willard Porter's "Shooting the Rodeo" (April 1989 TRUE WEST) ... An acquaintence of mine, Rusty Morse, of Arvada, Colorado, wrote in the Denver Post's Empire Magazine, August 6, 1978, that Doubleday was buried in an unmarked grave at Council Bluffs, Iowa, in his sister's plot. His casket, Morse wrote, bore a ten-gallon hat, the gift of his friend, movie star Tom Mix. - Harry E. Chrisman, 10245 W. 14th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, 80215. [caption under pictures] Harry Chrisman's photo collection includes R.R. Doubleday's photo of Bonnie Grey on King Tut at left. Though Doubleday photographed the Scottsbluff, Nebraska, rodeo in 1922, the only photos of that event that Chrisman has found so far were taken by C.F. Smith, such as the one of Phil Yoder at right.
Misc Info: Clipping of article by Chrisman about Ralph Doubleday and his rodeo photos. Two rodeo pictures, one by Doubleday and the other by C.F. Smith.
Subject: Ralph Doubleday photos Council Bluffs, Iowa rodeo
Willard Porter Denver Post's Empire Magazine
"Shooting the Rodeo" rodeo arena automobile cowboy
True West Tom Mix Harry Chrisman Denver, Colorado
Scottsbluff, Nebraska C.F. Smith Ralph Stephenmier
Phil Yoder American Legion Roy Rasch Bonnie Grey
George Woodward Forres "Cowboy" Richardson
Ed Wright Pinky Gist "King Tut" horses fence gate
rodeo clown Rusty Morse Arvada, Colorado
spectators trees Phillip T. Smith, DVM
  Related to: 

CallNo: P386-F2a  
larger image
Descriptive Title: Class of 1924 in 1974   Type: Print
Date of Origin: 1974   Provenance:
Size: 7 15/16 x 10   Condition: excellent
Text: [back] THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK [stamped several times]
Misc Info: Photo is of a group of people. All are standing. They are in 4 rows. There are 18 women and 7 men. There are streamers hanging down from ceiling. There is a brick wall behind them. There is a table in the far right corner with a cup on it.
Subject: Chrisman
class reunion
Scottsbluff, NE
  Related to: 
Other: Plastic sleeve has a notation 71 p. 29 A Photo has tape on all sides front.    

CallNo: P438-H1c2  
larger image
Descriptive Title: Rebecca Winters' Grave   Type: Print
Date of Origin: unknown   Provenance:
Size: 5   Condition: very good
Text: [front] XII [XII is crossed out] ; VII IIX [back] VII ; THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK ; Return Photo To [stamp] HARRY E. CHRISMAN 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 ; THIS PAPER MANUFACTURED BY KODAK [note] VII Q. As the West was opened up for settlement, and the Oregon Trail became the path upon which the railroads were lain, what record do we have of those pioneers who died along the trails, giving their lives that others might find a better life in the West? A. The above photo is your answer. Here, in 1964, Rebecca Winters Bennett, the G-G-Granddaughter of Rebecca Winters who died on the Mormon Trail (near present Scottsbluff, Nebr.) shows her daughter the wagon tire that marked her G-G-G-Grandmother's final resting place for more than 112 years. Rebecca Winters died August 6, 1852. The wagon tire bears the legend, "Rebecca Winters, Age 50." The granite marker was put up later. Photo courtesy of Omaha World Herald. [Omaha World Herald is underlined]
Misc Info: Photo is of a little girl standing by a marker. The little girl is on the inside of the fence. There is a lady standing on the other side of fence, holding the little girls hand. They are both looking in the same direction. The lady is holding on to her hat. There are people standing behind the lady and the little girl.
Subject: Rebecca Winters Bennett and daughter
Rebecca Winters' grave
grave marker
Morman Trail
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Omaha World Herald
  Related to: 
Other: "The 1000 Most Asked Questions about the American West"    

CallNo: P535-F2a1  
larger image
Descriptive Title: Harry Chrisman and Lynn Butcher   Type: Print
Date of Origin: September 1967   Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2   Condition: excellent
Text: [front] SEP 67 [back] Harry E. Chrisman (left) and Lynn Butcher Scottsbluff, Neb. August 1967. Mr. Butcher holds his fathers Butcher's History of Custer County Nebraska [Butcher's History of Custer County Nebraska is underlined] - Revised edition. Dog is "Tuck" ; A KODAK PAPER
Misc Info: Photo is of two elderly men. They have their arms across their shoulders and back. One man is holding a book. They both have hats on. They are standing in front of steps that lead up to a house. There is a black dog with white markings standing in front of the men. The dog has a leash on.
Subject: Harry Chrisman
Lynn Butcher
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  Related to:  P536-
Other: Photo has tape on top and bottom front.    

CallNo: P93-E1a4  
larger image
Descriptive Title: Jessy Roberts at Scottsbluff, Neb., rodeo   Type: Print
Date of Origin: July 4, 5, 6 1922   Provenance:
Size: 4 1/16 x 4 15/16   Condition: very good
Text: [front] By C.F. Smith Jessy Roberts Scotch Bluffs, Rodeo July 4-5-6 1922 [back] Jessy Roberts Scottsbluff, Nebr., Rodeo July 4-5-6 1922 Photo by C.F. Smith, 1922
Misc Info: Woman rides saddlebronc at rodeo with spectators in the background.
Subject: Jessy Roberts
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
rodeo arena
C.F. Smith
light or telephone poles
  Related to: 

CallNo: PC48  
Descriptive Title: road runner and rattle snake in finish battle   Type: 
Date of Origin: April 6, 1956   Provenance:
Size:    Condition: good
Misc Info: 
Subject: Road runner
Scottsbluff, Nebraksa
  Related to: