The objective of our special collections is to provide a rich assortment of local and state items and works while caretaking the items to ensure their longevity. We attempt to collect diverse stories to encourage public engagement, become a cultural heritage resource, and a foundation of civic pride.
The collections are available during regular library hours. Some items are available for checkout, and some are for in-house use only. Our librarians will be happy to assist you. Our collections contain rare books, maps, DVDs, sheet music, and scrapbooks.
TEXANA COLLECTION/TEXANA FOR KIDS
Our Texana collection includes books and reference material covering: Topography, natural occurrences, native groups, horticulture, zoology, industry, biographies, pioneer testimonies, agriculture, ranching, and much more.
Texana for kids is an age/content appropriate books collection located in our children’s department.
COWBOY POETRY, BOOKS AND SHEET MUSIC
Acquired in 2023 from retired cowboy poet Mr. Larry Harmer, Arizona. Some highlights of this collection contain a song volume published in 1879 and a first edition poetry book.
The small sheet music collection dates from 1937.
COWBOY POET PHOTOS
Acquired in 2023 from Mr. Bob Kisken, freelance photographer. Subjects include cowboy poets from the last 20 years.
ROTARY CLUB OF GRAHAM FOLLIES
We store DVDs of our local Rotary Club annual follies dating back to 1972.
CHAUTAUQUA AND FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SCRAPBOOKS
Our local chapter of the Chautauqua Scientific and Literary Club and Friends of the Library store their yearly scrapbooks with the library.
GRAHAM HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS
The collection has yearbooks dating back to 1912. (Some years are missing.)