John A. Morris Research Library

The John A. Morris Research Library houses more than 5,000 monographs and serials concerning thoroughbred racing in the United States and abroad. Biographies, racing manuals, and stud books are included in the collection, along with issues from The BloodHorse, Daily Racing Form Chart Books, and Thoroughbred Times, among others. The Library also holds numerous research files and archival materials on artists, horses (particularly Hall of Famers) jockeys, trainers, racetracks, and other people in the horse racing industry. 

Selected topics:

  • Thoroughbred racing fine art 
  • Catalogs – Museum exhibitions
  • Biographies
  • History of racing in the United States and Abroad-General
  • Histories of racetracks
  • Histories of specific races

 

Selected Library Serials:

  • American Racing Manual
  • American Steeplechasing
  • American Stud Book
  • The BloodHorse
  • Daily Racing Form Chart Books
  • General Stud Book (England)
  • Racing Calendar (England)
  • Spirit of the Times
  • Thoroughbred Record
  • Thoroughbred Times

 

Selected Manuscripts, Scrapbooks, and Records Collections:

  • Charles S. Howard family racing scrapbooks (1936 through 1950) 
  • Ed Hotaling Collection 
  • Rokeby Stables Collection (currently being processed, limited access only)
  • B. A. and H. A. “Jimmy” Jones Archival Collection (circa 1890s through 20th century)
  • Kelso Collection


Photographs:
The National Museum of Racing houses more than 15,000 photographic images that are separate from the general research collection. All photograph inquiries must be emailed to Collections Manager Stephanie Luce at SLuce@racingmuseum.net.

A number of images in the photograph collection can be requested for reproduction (see fee list below). The copyrights of numerous photographs in the collection however are copyrighted to individuals, institutions, or organizations other than the National Museum of Racing. The researcher must obtain written permission from the holder of the copyright before the Museum can reproduce the image. For more information, please see our page on photograph reproduction fees and policies

Highlighted collections:

  • H. A. “Jimmy” Jones Photograph Collection – Spanning nearly one hundred years of racing, this collection features images of racehorses and people connected to Hall of Fame trainers Ben and Jimmy Jones. Includes early photos of horses from the Jones Stock Farm and Woolford Farm, as well as many of the stars of Calumet Farm.
  • Charles Hatton Photograph Collection – photographs compiled by the famous turf writer and organized alphabetically by horse name.  Features racing legends from the late 19th century through the 1960s.
  • Bill Mochon Photograph Collection – Collection of west coast based photographer that features California racing from the 1970s and from 2003 to the present.


Visiting the Library:

The research library is located on the second floor of the National Museum of Racing. Access to the library and its holdings are by appointment only. As a specialized research library, materials do not circulate outside of the Museum and must be used within the library only. To schedule an appointment, please contact the museum historian at (518) 584-0400 ext. 122 or nmrhistorian@racingmuseum.net

Policies:

  1. All researchers must fill out the Research Disclaimer Form before using the Collection. 
  2. No food or beverage is permitted in the library. 
  3. Researchers may only use pencils while taking notes in the library.
  4. White gloves, provided by staff, may be required when handling archival materials, photographs, and fragile books.
  5. Some objects may not be handled due to condition.
  6. Photocopies of certain materials can be made at a fee of $.25 per page. Due to the fragile nature of some of the objects in the collection, library staff reserves the right to deny any photocopy requests based on the condition of the materials. Library staff or volunteers will make the copies.
  7. No photographs can be made inside the library without special permission from staff members. Researchers are prohibited from scanning materials within the collection.
  8. Only staff members and volunteers are allowed into the back library or open up cases and pull books. When patrons have finished with items, they must leave them on the reading table.
  9. Reference questions over phone or emails are answered on a first come, first served basis. A research fee of $20 per hour will be charged for extensive research projects.
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