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May 5, June 2, June 30
July 28, August 25
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Though a library used to be only as good as its own collection, today its resources extend far beyond traditional boundaries. Listed below are web pages of libraries, museums, organizations and others who can also help you find the information you are looking for.
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Sale and appraisal of books and art
The National Sporting Library & Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and therefore cannot offer appraisals of books and art. If you are interested in purchasing books or having them appraised, check out the page of booksellerswho specialize in our areas of interest. Visit the website Appraisers.org for a list of certified art dealers and appraisers.
Though hounds and beagles are among the dog breeds represented in our collection, if you're looking for a library that has really gone to the dogs, try the AKC collection, which is located in New York.
Owned and operated by the City of Leesburg, Virginia, this history and genealogy library is rich in resources in the history of Loudoun County and of the Middleburg area.
Visit the online exhibition called On the Edge: The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Book Painting
Many of the horse and field sports represented in the National Sporting Library collection trace back to merry old England. To learn more about the British Library, check here.
The Selima Room is a collection of books, periodicals and clippings pertaining to thoroughbred breeding and racing, with special emphasis on Maryland's contributions to the sport. The room takes its name from Selima, an English mare imported to Maryland in the 1750's, who once roamed and grazed the grounds where the Bowie Branch Library (part of the Prince George's County Public Library system), home of the Selima Room, now stands. This collection is one of the very few horse racing and breeding libraries housed in a public library in this country and perhaps in the world. The collection is particularly strong in reference materials on racing in North America and Great Britain, and includes American, English, and French stud books; English racing calendars, and the American Racing Manual.
The library, located in Arcadia, Calif., includes books on Thoroughbred racing, including books on racing, breeding, history, handicapping and more.
The Crerar Library has a collection of books on Arabian horses.
A collaborative project of the Keeneland Library and the University of Kentucky Library, this is an ongoing digitization project that makes available online back issues of the Daily Racing Form, one of Thoroughbred racing's most important periodicals.
The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.
The Mary Jane Gallaher Memorial Library is an equine-focused research center available as a resource to the public. Nearly 3,500 volumes make up the library with a strong archival collection heavily focused on archaeology. For more information on the library at IMH or to make an appointment to visit please call 859-259-4232.
This collection, donated by Howard and Mary Phipps, belonged to Greville Haslam, Headmaster of Episcopal Academy in Meriod, Pa. It contains 2,000 angling and sporting books from the 17th-20th century, including 400 volumes of Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler.
The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History has initiated a project to record the firsthand experiences and stories of people who work with horses in Kentucky. The purpose is to build a collection that represents the diversity of the equine community and fosters a better appreciation for the historical, cultural, and economic significance of the horse to Kentucky. With start-up funds provided by KEEP (the Kentucky Equine Education Project) and the University of Kentucky, project staff are conducting interviews preserving the history of racing and non-racing breeds in the commonwealth, as well as many occupations that support the equine industry.
This research library contains an extensive collection of early books on horsemanship and also has a fellows' program for visiting scholars.
A research library & museum with significant collections on British cultural and social history.
The International Side Saddle Organization Library, located in Stevensville, Maryland, has over 500 works in its collection on side saddle riding. Although the library itself is currently closed, books from the Library can be ordered via Interlibrary Loan through other libraries.
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. In collaboration with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and other research libraries across the country, it has worked to digitize and put online important collections from libraries around the world. Many of the books from the Fairman Rogers Collections, from the University of Pennsylvania - including rare equestrian, hunting, coaching and sporting books - are available online in digital format (including downloadable PDF documents), as well as rare titles from other research libraries that are identical or slightly-different editions of titles that are held in the NSL's collections (including works by Federico Grisone, Peter Beckford, Nimrod, Theodore Roosevelt, etc.).
The Keeneland Library is a research/reference library on Thoroughbred racing and breeding and related subjects. It is located in Lexington, Ky. The Keeneland Library is collaborating with the University of Kentucky Libraries to digitize the complete run of the Daily Racing Form in an online archive.
A collection of materials on the Arabian horse at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif.
Even if LC doesn't have a copy of every book ever printed in America, as it is mythically believed, LC's huge collection is an important resource.
This library maintains a page of selected images from early veterinary and equestrian texts, including works by many of the authors represented in the NSL's rare book collections.
The state library of Virginia opened a brand new library facility in 1997. To learn more about the library's online catalog, interlibrary loans or digital library projects, check out this site.
The library system of Loudoun County,Va., includes the Middleburg Library, located just a short walk from the NSL.
The Michigan State University Libraries in East Lansing, Mich., has a collection of rare books on veterinary medicine and animal husbandry. Many of the works in the collection, including editions of horsemanship treatises by Federico Grisone and Cesare Fiaschi, are also titles that are owned by the NSL.
One of the largest collection of angling books in the United States (at 3,500 volumes). The collection, which now numbers over 3,500 volumes, is particularly rich in materials relating to fly fishing for trout and Atlantic salmon with special emphasis on fishing in New England and eastern Canada. Beyond containing the classics of angling literature – such as numerous editions of Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler – the collection boasts a vast array of books on fly tying, rod making, and stream tactics.
Don't let the word "agriculture" steer you wrong; this national library includes extensive holding on horses, veterinary care and much more. This site includes the AGRICOLA database of agricultural literature.
The University of Virginia's Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library contains the Marion duPont Scott Collection, an extensive collection on equestrian sports. It also offers research fellowships through the Harrison Institute for Ameican History, Literature, and Culture.
Fairman Rogers Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia owns the Fairman Rogers Collection, a rich collection of rare equestrian books onced owned by Fairman Rogers (1833-1900). Rogers was a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He was equally well known, however, for his skill as a horseman, in both riding and driving; he was the founder of the Philadelphia Coaching Club and the first person in Philadelphia to drive a four-in-hand. The U Penn. Library also owns the Fairman Rogers Papers in its manuscript collections. Some of the items have been digitized and are available online on the Internet Archive website (searching for "Fairman Rogers" as the search term). The holdings of both the book and manuscript collections can be searched by doing a keyword search for "Fairman Rogers" in the U. Penn. Library's card catalogue, or by ordering the collection guide (The Fairman Rogers Collection on the horse and equitation : a history and guide by Claire Gilbride Fox), a copy of which is in the NSL's collections.
In 2002, the Library received a remarkable bequest of approximately 6600 books related to all aspects of horsemanship, representing the lifelong collection of John A. Seaverns. With representative titles covering five centuries, this collection provides valuable insight into the role of the horse through the ages. The collection is especially strong in racing, hunting and equestrian art.
While most of the volumes date from the 19th and 20th centuries, several rare treatises on horsemanship, including one from the 16th century, are a part of the collection. The Duke of Newcastle's A General System of Horsemanship (1743), with its outstanding woodcuts, is the most striking example. Other items in the collection provide a glimpse into military training, laws related to horse ownership, and the various levels of society. Photo albums by noted photographer L.S. Sutcliffe record life at major racing stables in the early 20th century. Many volumes provide historical information, such as descriptions of horse-drawn carriages, carriage roads, farriers and "stable economy". The variety of material is a rich resource for students and researchers in a number of disciplines - sociology, history, animal science.
More than 1500 books in the collection have been digitized and are available for free download online through the Internet Archive.
The U. S. Cavalry Memorial Research Library seeks to play a key role in the most important mission of the U.S. Cavalry Association, preservation of the history of the U.S. Cavalry. Located in a remodeled cavalry stable building on Fort Riley, Kansas, a military post steeped in cavalry lore and tradition, the Library serves as a research, preservation, and educational facility for books, documents, photographs, and other media related to the history of the mounted forces of the U.S. Army. The Library welcomes and assists researchers of all types and backgrounds from academic researchers, students of all levels, military personnel, genealogical researchers, and members of the general public. Its affiliated U.S. Cavalry Museum has one of the Tessa Pullen Civil War Horse memorial bronzes (NSL and the Virginia Historical Society have the other casts).
Founded in 1831, the VHS is the repository for archival materials related to the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The VHS also offers a number of research fellowships.
Located at Washington State University Library in Pullman, Washington, this collection includes the donations of three fishing and angling collections including that of Roy Hansberry, a WSU graduate (Class of 1931), which contains some of the significant editions in the history of angling including Frederic Halford's Dry Fly Entomology (1897), Alfred Ronalds' The Fly Fisher's Entomology (1913). James Quick gave his collection of 1200 volumes devoted to fly fishing for trout and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest and in 2008, Joan and Gallup donated a magnificent collection of 506 editions of Isaac Walton's The Complete Angler, including all 17th century editions.
This organization dedicated to sidesaddle riding has a collection of articles, books and artworks on the subject; some are available through interlibrary loan.
The National Sporting Library & Museum is just one place to learn about horse and field sports. If you are interested in learning more about our areas of interest, the educational institutions below will be glad to help! Many of these museums specialize in equestrian and sporting art, are historical homes that have ties to equestrian and sporting culture, or have significant collections in these areas. Other links below include museum-related organizations.
Read about two horse-related exhibits: Nomads and Networks and Roads of Arabia. For more information about archaeological research read Peter Harrigan in the May/June 2012 print edition of Saudi Aramco World.
Horsham Museum (Horsham, Sussex, England)
Museum of Hounds and Hunting (Morven Park)
Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum (Dedham, Essex, England)
Bibliophiles and library lovers will find a wealth of information through these sites.
The name of our library is the "National Sporting Library," but we cover horse and field sports, not team sports like baseball, tennis or hockey. If you are interested in other sports, check with our colleagues at the sports information sites below.
Copyright issues are always a concern in libraries. Whether you saw a photograph in a book that you would like to reproduce on a poster, or an article in a magazine that you would like to reprint in a book, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are not breaking copyright laws. The following sites are among the many that give insight into copyright.
A national organization for young people which includes equestrian programs and activities.
The American Historical Association (AHA) was founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 to serve the broad field of history. It encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment.
Founded in 1969, the AHC was organized by a group of horsemen concerned about federal legislation affecting their industry. They recognized the need for national and coordinated industry action in Washington, D.C. The AHC promotes and protects all horse breeds, disciplines and interests by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry itself each and every day.
The NSL Newsletter is a member publication of AHP, a non-profit association that promotes excellence and communication in the equine publishing industry. The AHP site includes a listing of its 200+ members and other useful links.
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of the period . . . from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century.
The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), founded in 1977, seeks to promote scholarship and teaching in environmental history, to support the professional needs of its members, and to connect its undertakings with larger communities. The ASEH aspires to advance a greater understanding of the history of human interaction with the rest of the natural world, to foster dialogue between humanistic scholarship, environmental science, and other disciplines, and to support global environmental history efforts that benefit the public as well as the general scholarly community. It promotes these activities through publication of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental History, annual conferences, scholarly awards, on-line discussions, conversation with other professional societies, and public outreach.
The American Studies Association is the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.
The Animal Welfare Information Center, part of the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Md., maintains an online bibliography of books on the horse in history (AWIC Resource Series No. 44, August 2009).
This state park, located on the northern part of the coastal island of Assateague, is home to a herd of wild ponies.
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A subscription website dedicated to foxhunting around the world. Baily's has published its directory of foxhunts around the world, Baily's Hunting Directory, since 1897.
The online version of the Blood-Horse Magazine devoted to Thoroughbred breeding and racing.
The Carriage Association of America was founded in 1960 and is the oldest and largest international organization devoted to the preservation of historic horse-drawn vehicles.
This National Wildlife Refuge local on the southern end of the island of Assateague in coastal Virginia is home to a wild herd of Chincoteague ponies.
Information about the town of Chincoteague, Virginia, home of the annual Pony Penning Day made famous by Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague books.
Our neighbor here on the seven-acre Vine Hill property is the Chronicle, America's foremost weekly on English horse sports.
College Art Association (CAA) is the professional organization dedicated to art and art historical scholarship and post-secondary teaching.
The Countryside Alliance in England is devoted to preserving the rural way of life including hunting and fishing. The website reports the latest news and upcoming events of the organization.
Published by the Masters of Foxhounds Association, Covertside covers the sport of mounted foxhunting in America and abroad.
Want to know what that book price in pounds or lire is in dollars? This currency converter can help.
Equine Seek is a Canadian-based website providing information for those interested in any aspect of the care, handling, or breeding of horses. This site contains directories of horse and pony breeders, ranches, training establishments, breed associations, supplies and services.
Equitrekking, a television series exploring equestrian travel destinations, featured the National Sporting Library in an episode on Virginia Horse Country broadcast in 2007.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), founded in 1921, is the international body governing equestrian sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
A nationwide organization devoted to fly fishing and conservation.
A blog on foxhunting, hounds, and beagling co-written by John H. Daniels Fellow (2009) Glenye Cain Oakford of Lexington, Kentucky and Lilla Mason of the Iroquois Hunt.
A comprehensive listing of horse-related sites on the Internet.
A fly fishing blog by 2010 John H. Daniels Fellow, Dr. Samuel Snyder.
On H-Net you will find announcements for grants and fellowships, conferences, jobs, and calls for publications in all aspects of the humanities and social sciences. On H-Net you can also subscribe to a number of topic-oriented listservs, such as H-Animal, H-Environment, and H-Albion (British studies).
Held annually on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in May, the Hunt Country Stable Tour raises money for Trinity Episcopal Church (in Upperville, Virginia) and regional and national charities. Participants in the tour may purchase tickets allowing them to visit a number of horse farms and equestrian facilities throughout Middleburg and Upperville.
The IHSA provides collegiate riders of all skills the opportunity to compete individually and as teams in equestrian competition.
If you're interested in making a donation, you may want to obtain some IRS publications, such as Publication 526 for information on charitable contributions, or Publication 561 on determining the value of donated property.
The international organization for side saddle riders. Some features of the site are available only to paid members, but among the site's free offerings are PDF versions of some classic texts on side saddle riding (many of which are in the NSL's collections), including Mrs. J. Stirling Clarke's The Habit and the Horse (1857). The ISSO also maintains the International Side Saddle Organization Library.
Information about sights and events in Loudoun County, Virginia, with a searchable event calendar.
An equine research & teaching facility located in Middleburg, Virginia.
The Masters of Foxhounds Association is the governing body of organized fox, coyote and drag hunting in the United States of America and Canada.
A free directory, subdivided by discipline, of grants and fellowships for scholarship in a number of fields.
MidCurrent provides fly fishing tips, fly fishing gear advice, videos, interviews, and the best in fly fishing writing.
Information about activities, events, restaurants, shopping, and sights in and around Middleburg, Virginia with a searchable event calendar.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the Misty of Chincoteague books written by Marguerite Henry and illustrated by Wesley Dennis (whose scrapbooks are in the NSL's collections). The Foundation’s mission is to promote in children a love for reading and an appreciation for fine art. The Foundation perpetuates the timeless legend of Misty by preserving and disseminating educational and research material and displaying the Misty of Chincoteague© artwork.
The professional organization for post-secondary teaching and scholarship in modern languages and literature.
A online blog for fly fishing and angling.
Sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited. NSL will host a booth at this year's show.
The National Steeplechase Association is the official sanctioning body of American steeplechase horse racing.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is the organization dedicated to the sport of Thoroughbred racing in North America.
A professional organization for journalists and independent writers who write about Thoroughbred racing.
A scholarly society devoted to all aspects of British civilization.
Old Fulton NY Postcards
Spirit of the Times issues as PDF files.
NSL hosted a booth at the show.
Since 1954, the Renaissance Society of America has been the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300-1650 in Western history. Publishes the journal, Renaissance Quarterly.
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) promotes scholarship on the early modern era, broadly defined (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660). . Publishes the journal, Sixteenth Century Studies.
A pedigree resource website for those interested in the breeding of sporthorses.
A website maintained by a group of pedigree enthusiasts with focus on historical Thoroughbred sire and dam lines.
This site focuses on the history and individuals contributing to the grand tapestry of the modern Thoroughbred's pedigree. Offers research information and pedigree data on historic Thoroughbreds through essays, charts, portraits, of important historic Thoroughbreds, reviews and other material, submitted by contributors from throughout the world.
Founded in 1959 in Grayling, Mich., Trout Unlimited is a national organization dedicated to the sport of fly fishing and the protection and conservation of North American coldwater fisheries and habitat.
The United States Dressage Federation is the only national membership organization dedicated to dressage, a method of horse training in existence since ancient Greece and an Olympic sport since the inception of the modern Olympics in the late 1800’s.
The United States Equestrian Federation is the national governing body for equestrian sport in America.
In 1990 the United States Polo Association celebrated its centennial anniversary as the governing body of polo in the United States. It was a 100 year chapter in the glorious and romantic history of the oldest of all equestrian team sports. Polo is perhaps the oldest organized sport of any kind, according to some historians, as references date play in Persia during the First Century AD.
The United States Pony Clubs was formed by a group who wanted a structured program to not only teach their childern sound riding skills, but also how to care for their mount. Based on The Pony Club in England, The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., was established in 1954.
The UVM Morgan Horse Farm is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Morgan Horse through breeding and selection. Designated as a National Historic Site, the farm is also home to significant Morgan history and a variety of educational programs. For over 50 years, the farm has provided educational experiences and training for students and visitors while perpetuating the Battell, Government, and UVM bloodlines. UVM Morgans are prized as superb pleasure horses for recreational use and as foundation broodstock.
The mission of the Unwanted Horse Coalition is to reduce the number of unwanted horses and to improve their welfare through education and the efforts of organizations committed to the health, safety, and responsible care and disposition of these horses. The UHC has a free, downloadable Best Practices Booklet.
Founded in 1853, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show is the oldest continuous horse show in the United States, and is held annually in early June at the Upperville Show Grounds in Upperville, Virginia, not far from Middleburg. The National Sporting Library has a manuscript collection on the Upperville show as well as a complete run of past show programs.
The Virginia Falconers Association promotes falconry as a legitimate field sport, conserves the wild raptor resource, disseminates information to falconers throughout the state and educates the public.