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Title: Tyler Beard Manuscripts and Research Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSA.40
Autry National Center, Autry Library
Language of Material:
5.1 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1948-1999
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,
100 Years of Western Wear,
Art of the Boot,
Beard, Tyler, 1954-2007
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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.
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Scope and contents
This collection contains manuscript drafts and research materials Tyler Beard collected to write
The Cowboy Boot Book, 1992;
100 Years of Western Wear, 1993;
Art of the Boot, 1999; and
Cowboy Boots, 2004.
Manuscript materials include book jacket art and mock-ups, hand-written manuscripts, photographs by Jim Arndt, posters, printed
proofs, and review copies.
Research materials, ranging in dates from 1948-1999, include advertisements, audio cassettes, boot and Western clothing catalogs
from such companies as Blucher Custom Boot Company, collected manuscripts, correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings,
photocopies, photographs, postcards, and a VHS videocassette tape.
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.
The Beards bought a home to restore in Comanche, Texas, and started a business dealing Western antiques and clothing under
the name True West. Just after the Beards established True West, they reached great success, becoming the official suppliers
of Western decorative objects for all of Ralph Lauren Corporations’s Polo stores, as well as fully furnishing and outfitting
Euro Disney’s Old West Town, and television miniseries Lonesome Dove. In 1990, True West also revived the Westward Ho Rodeo
Pattern line of china, originally produced by the Wallace China Company in Los Angeles from 1943-1964.
Tyler Beard was most notable for his knowledge of cowboy boots and boot makers. In 1992, he wrote
The Cowboy Boot Book, and in 1993 followed up with
100 Years of Western Wear. In 1999, Beard wrote another tome
Art of the Boot. Other publications include
Lone Star Living: Texas Homes and Ranches, 2003 and
Cowboy Boots, 2004. Photographer Jim Arndt supplied the images for
The Cowboy Boot Book, 100 Years of Western Wear, Art of the Boot, and
By 2001, Beard was ready for another change and he sold True West and all of his land and antiques. Beard’s wife Teresa died
in 2005, and Tyler followed on 2007 December 20.
Tyler Beard Manuscripts and Research Papers, 1948-1999, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MSA.40; [folder number] [folder title][date].
Donated by High Noon Western Collectibles, 2000 October 15.
Initial inventory, physical processing, and cataloging by Autry National Center staff. Additional processing and finding aid
completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Project Archivist, 2012 July 5, made possible through grant funding from the National
Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Related Archival Materials
Blucher Custom Boot Company Records, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. Autry Library has copies of his books "100 Years of Western Wear," "The Cowboy Boot Book," and "Art of the Boot."
Subjects and Indexing Terms
G.C. Blucher Boot Co.
100 Years of Western Wear
Clothing and dress -- West (U.S.) -- History