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Wild West History Association Dedicated to the history and lore of the American West

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  • "Doc" Roberts to Speak at WWHA Roundup

    WWHA is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Gary Roberts, renowned historian of the Wild West, to serve as the featured speaker for the Fort Smith Roundup's annual Gunfighter Session on Saturday, July 18, 2020.  Dr. Roberts will be replacing Nancy Samuelson, herself a well-known writer and speaker on outlaws and lawmen, especially those in Indian Territory.  WWHA regrets that Nancy will be unable to participate in this year's meeting.

  • Book Review:  Ann Bassett: Colorado’s Cattle Queen

    Mark Boardman reviews Ann Bassett: Colorado’s Cattle Queen, the latest offering from WWHA member Linda Wommack.  Read the review on our Books & Reviews page.

  • WWHA 2019 Roundup Winners in Cheyenne

    "And the award goes to ... "  See who achieved high honors at the WWHA Cheyenne Roundup for their contributions to Wild West history in 2018.  Category winners are here!

  • Curl Up With the West

    When you're longing to learn, nothing beats our new Books & Reviews page.  Discover the best in biographies, events, places and everything else the West has to offer, many written by and each reviewed by fellow WWHA members!

  • WWHA Journal Articles to Read and Download Now

    Step away from legends and learn what really happened in the Old West.  Our Journal & Resource page has fascinating articles that you can read and download free from several WWHA Journal issues.  (Better yet, become a member and receive full editions of the Journal mailed to you four times a year.  Sign up today!)

  • WWHA Journal Back Issues

    Misplace a copy of your Journal?  Want extra copies for friends?  Need a Journal from before you joined the WWHA?  We have several back issues available!  See our Back Issues page for details.

E A Message from Roy B. Young

Many WWHA members have contacted us about the status of the Fort Smith Roundup this coming July.  This message is being sent today to hopefully answer questions about the viability of the Roundup.  Our president, Jim Dunham, and Roundup co-chairs, Michael Wallis, Charlotte Steele, and Elizabeth Weathers, along with Roundup adviser, Roy Young, are in communication as to how to proceed in these trying times as we all face our various situations in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.  More...

Roundup Events and Registration now posted.
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Our Focus & Goals

The Wild West History Association is dedicated to providing publications and forums for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members, facilitating and encouraging research, study, writing, presentation, and preservation of the history and lore of the people, events, and places that made the American West "wild" in the last half of the nineteenth century.... the lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, rustlers, vigilantes, feuds, shady ladies, saloons, cowtowns, and mining camps.... along with recognizing and honoring those individuals and institutions that make significant contributions to the knowledge and preservation of Wild West history and lore.


See the winners of the best of the West for 2018 as announced at the 2019 Cheyenne WWHA Roundup.  Best Book, Best Articles, Lifetime Achievement and more -- they're all here!

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AWARDS NOMINATIONS REQUESTED:  DEADLINE – April 15, 2020.  We are pleased to announce the 2020 WWHA Awards Program.  These awards are intended to recognize and honor those who have contributed the most to research, writing and service to the history of the Wild West.  Download details and mailing instructions today.  Remember, nominations are due by April 15, 2020.  Winners will be announced and awards presented at the WWHA Roundup in July.  Come and celebrate with us!

Included with your WWHA membership.  Published quarterly, containing the latest research, informative articles, authentic photographs, book reviews, and much more defining "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in the Wild West.

  • The 1902 Trial of Tom Horn
  • Sheriff Michael Sughrue:  He Made Western Outlaws Tremble
  • In the Wake of Revenge:  The Life of Harry Ramsey
  • Butch Cassidy and the Great Western Horse Thief War
  • "Relatively Speaking" Pam Potter and the McLaury's
  • Interview with Dr. Gary Roberts
  • And much more!  Download a free sample article.

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Journal Articles for All!

The Wild West History Association Journal Page

We are proud to announce the addition of select WWHA Journal articles to our web site.  New members can read works that appeared prior to joining, whereas non-members will find ample incentive to become part of the WWHA.  Jump over to our Journal & Resource section now.


See What You've Been Missing


We have years of WWHA Journal tables of content listings that are available for viewing and downloading on our Journal Indexes page.  They're perfect for organizing your own Journal collection and for finding your favorite articles published by the Wild West History Association.

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