Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

S. D. Myres Saddle Company:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1898-1969 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator S. D. Myres Saddle Company
Title: S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records,
Dates: 1898-1969 and undated
Abstract: These records pertain to the operations of the S. D. Myres Saddle Company, which became famous for its superior leather craftsmanship.
Collection # S 744.1
Quantity: 4 boxes (4.0 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born on November 22, 1871 in Johnson County, Texas, Samuel Dale Myres was the son of David Rittenhouse and Mary Jane Dale Myres. The oldest of six children, Myres opened the S. D. Myres Saddle Company in Sweetwater, Texas, in 1898. He was involved in many civic organizations including serving as president of the Sweetwater Commercial Club, serving on the local school board from 1914-1915, and being the mayor of Sweetwater from 1908-1911. In 1920, Myres moved his company to El Paso, Texas. The company became famous for its superior craftsmanship and Myres mingled with many famous western actors and personalities of his day. Myres's marriage to Drusa Rogers produced three children-S. D., Jr., William James, and Melrose, and his second marriage to Eva Forkner resulted in no offspring. In 1953 Myres passed away and was buried in El Paso.

The Handbook of Texas has published this more in-depth online biography of Samuel Dale Myres.

Scope and Contents

The materials include correspondence, financial material, legal material, photographs of company products, and printed material consisting primarily of company advertisements, calendars, stationery, and catalogs.

Conservation Note: The collection contains 214 prints, many of which have some spots of mold growth. 19 of the prints were sent to the conservation lab due to very active mold growth, as well as 2 leaves of paper.


The S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records is organized by the following series:


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Myres, Samuel D. (Samuel Dale), 1871-1953.
Subjects (Organizations)
S. D. Myres Saddle Company.
El Paso (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
El Paso (Tex.)--Economic conditions.
El Paso (Tex.)--History.
Sweetwater (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Sweetwater (Tex.)--History.
Civic leaders--Texas--Sweetwater--History.
Leather industry and trade--Texas--History.
Rodeos--West (U.S.)--History.
World War, 1939-1945--Economic aspects--Texas--El Paso.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

S. D. Myres Saddle Company Records, 1898-1969 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Gift, 1962

Processing Information

Processed by: Lynn Whitfield, 2000


Myres, Sandra L. S. D. Myres: Saddlemaker. Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1961.

Big Spring Daily Herald, July 7, 1953.

Cunningham, Eugene. Tio Sam-Saddle Man.Horselover Magazine, February-March 1951.

Collection Inventory

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1 1 Catalog Proof Pages, undated

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1 2 Catalogs with Myres Saddle Company Work, 1920-1959 and undated

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1 3 Copyright on Myres' Pendulum Saddle, 1954


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1 4 General, 1913-1929
5 General, 1921-1929
6 General, 1930-1936
7 General, (3 prints included), 1940-1949
8 General, 1950-1954
9 Advertising, 1954-1955 and undated
10 Jackling, Daniel C., 1925-1926

Customer Orders

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1 11 "A, 1943
12 "B," 1943
13 "C," 1941-1943
14 "D," 1943
15 "E," 1943
16 "F," 1943
17 "G," 1943
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2 1 "H," 1943
2 "I," 1943
3 "J," 1943
4 "L," 1943
5 "M," 1943
6 "N," 1943
7 "O," 1943
8 "P," 1943
9 "Q and R," 1943-1944
10 "S," 1943
11 "T," 1943
12 "U and V," 1943
13 "W," 1943
14 "Y and Z," 1943

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2 15 Deposit Books, 1909-1920

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3 1 Financial Material, 1898-1963

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3 2 Hat Catalog Material, 1939 and undated

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3 3 Legal Documents, 1953-1954 and undated

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3 4 Notebooks, 1905-1935 and undated

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3 5 Patent on Holster, 1936-1940

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3 6 Postcards: Myres Saddle Company, undated

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3 7 Printed Material, 1938-1969 and undated

Oversized Materials

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4 1 Ten Thousand Dollar Saddle, 1914-1916
2 War Department, 1943
3 World War II Preference Rating, 1942-1943