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Finding Aid to the Tyler Beard Manuscripts and Research Papers MSA.40
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Description
Tyler Beard (1954 September 1 - 2007 December 20) was renowned for his expertise on cowboy boots and other aspects of Western style. Beard and his wife Teresa opened a Western apparel, boots, and antiques outfit called "True West" in Comanche, Texas in the mid-1980s. Between 1992 and 2004, Beard published five books on Western wear, cowboy boots, and Western décor. This collection contains manuscript drafts and research materials Tyler Beard collected dated 1948-1999 to write The Cowboy Boot Book, 1992; 100 Years of Western Wear, 1993; Art of the Boot, 1999; and Cowboy Boots, 2004.
Background
Tyler Beard was renowned for his expertise on cowboy boots and other aspects of Western style. Born Barry William Beard on 1954 September 1, in Dallas, Texas, Beard was also known for sporadically changing his name and interests. As a teenager, Beard played drums in a glam rock band called Max Pageant in Dallas in 1971. He graduated from Skyline High School in 1972 and immediately moved to England and began dealing antiques. Beard returned to the United States a year later and fashioned himself as both a successful hair dresser and house renovator in New Hampshire. In 1983, Beard married his Dallas girlfriend Teresa Lynn Skelton, and they soon returned to their home state of Texas.
Extent
5.1 Linear feet 8 boxes
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.