In all cases, researchers are encouraged to contact either the Library Curator or Association Executive Director for more information.
The Library’s collection is non-circulating, which means that the Library does not check out or loan material. However, the Library does have photocopying facilities, and staff will gladly copy materials subject to Fair Use guidelines, as long as the condition of the item allows safe photocopying. There is a cost of .25 per page for photocopies. The Library is also able to reproduce photographs on photo quality paper for $15.00 per image.
Researchers wishing to visit the library and use the collections are encouraged to call ahead and talk with the Association and library staff about the nature and scope of their research. Researchers will be asked to complete a short registration form prior to using the collections.
The book collection contains a number of hard-to-locate and rare items, including cavalry drill manuals, Field Manuals, Technical Manuals, Cavalry School staff studies, unit histories, and many nineteenth century works on equine medicine. The library also boasts a significant collection on related subjects, including general military history and Cavalry-related fiction. The archival collection contains a diverse and varied body of records, including the personal of several twentieth century Army officers and enlisted men who served in the Cavalry, as well as various regimental and Army school records.
The photo collection consists of over five thousand images mostly from the first half of the twentieth century. The Library has digitalized much of its photo collection, which consists of class photos, as well as photos of individuals, military installations, and equipment. The Library also has an extensive collection of equestrian photographs including a significant collection of photos of the equestrian events at the 1932 Los Angeles and 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The Library also maintains a growing Oral History Collection. In cooperation with Texas A&M University, the Cavalry Association is collecting on tape and transcribing the recollections of Cavalry veterans of recent history. Many of these tapes include reminiscences from the Inter war Period, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict. Transcripts and original audio tapes are available for the many of the interviews already conducted.