February 14th, 2023
Regarded as a fine collection of items, the Claire McGill Luce Western History Room housed within the Harney County Library contains a collection of ‘Harney County’ archived and curated by our staff. Whether you are reading for your own interest or research this room is dedicated to preserving local history.
Here's a recommended reading list:
Feelin’ Fine! Bill Hanley's Book Put Together by Anne Shannon Monroe.
Garden City 1931. 8o. Illustrations by William L. Finley. Original cloth. 'Feelin Fine' has long been out of print It has always been a favorite to pass along to someone interested in the subject of Harney County. Bill Hanley was widely known, and greatly admired.
Harney County by Karen Nitz
Archivist at the Claire Mcgill Luce Western History Room housed within the Harney County Library, combines a lifelong interest in photography and local history to portray early life in one of the West’s final frontiers. She has selected images from the combined collections of the Western History Room, the Harney County Library, the Harney County Historical Society, and private collections throughout the county to illustrate the trials and triumphs of life in the high desert. This book is available for checkout and you can also purchase it online or in the library.
Harney County, Oregon and its Range Land by George Brimlow
This colorful action-packed history runs from Indian times and the first explorations by white men through the period of settlement and Indian wars, the decades of the cattle kings, and into the modern scene of industry and change.
Harney County: an Historical Inventory by Royal G. Jackson
This historical mosaic is replete with people, places, and events which have been the primary shapers of the Harney County story. Among these are such notable names as Peter Skene Ogden, John Devine, Sarah Winnemucca, Chief Egan, Peter French, Bill Hanley, Henry Miller, George Smyth, George McGowan, Charles Voegtly , Nathan Brown and others. Harney County Place names reflect the vitality and descriptive powers of hardy settlers adapting to a diverse and demanding environment.
Footloose and Ahorseback: Memories of a Buckaroo on Steens Mountain, Oregon by Johnie “Cactus” Smyth
Cactus Smyth lived in Andrews, Oregon at the base of the Steens Mountains. He has written stories of his life in the surrounding area.
Also check out our Special Collection Scrapbook of Mary Neal Kueny: Woman Buckaroo of Harney County
A collection of photographs of the life and times of a true buckaroo woman, Mary Neal Kueny, ranch owner in the Wild Horse Valley on the edge of the Alvord Desert, a true pioneer of the west. She once wrote “It will be nice to know that my name will be in a book to read many years after I have galloped over the mountain.” Over 200 photographs available in this scrapbook. For more information visit our online digital collections database at: https://harneycountylibrary.catalogaccess.com/search. Select photos of this scrapbook are currently on display at the Harney County Library.
Harney County Library Historical Archives Added to Regional Digital Collections Hub
This February will see two new Oregon collections added to Northwest Digital Heritage: Weston Public Library and Harney County Library.
Visitors to Northwest Digital Heritage will soon be able to search the Digital Historic Archives Collections of Harney County Library. Harney County has a diverse collection of records that includes images and documents from the Basque community as well as the Burns Paiute Tribe. Adding these archives to Northwest Digital Heritage will improve overall accessibility, allowing more people a chance to discover, access, and view the records.
Northwest Digital Heritage seeks to enhance access to collections at Oregon’s smaller libraries and museums through digitization, collection hosting and migration services, metadata harvesting, and building local skills and capacity.
Northwest Digital Heritage is a partnership between the State Library of Oregon, Oregon Heritage, and the Washington State Library. To date, Northwest Digital Heritage has added over 200,000 unique items related to Northwest history and culture, and has recently worked with the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Oregon Digital, and University of Washington Libraries to create a distinctly Northwest portal of over a half million unique items available at nwdh.dp.la.
For questions and inquiries about Northwest Digital Heritage, please contact Ross Fuqua, Data & Digital Projects Consultant, State Library of Oregon, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harney County Library and Harney County Historical Museum historical archives are also searchable online through our own local Digital Collections website. Explore hundreds of photos, oral history interviews and more. Contact Karen in the Claire McGill Luce Western History Room with questions or for additional research help.
Authored by the staff at Harney County Library!