Articles & Links

To learn more about the history of the Empire Ranch consult the print and web resources listed below:

General History of the Empire Ranch

  • The Empire Ranch — A Special Story. Empire Ranch Foundation News. May 2002, 3(2):4.
  • An Englishman’s Arizona: The Ranching Letters of Herbert R. Hislop, 1876-1878 introduction by Bernard L. Fontana. Overland Press, 1965. [available from libraries or out-of-print dealers]
  • Empire Ranch by Gail Waechter Corkill and Sharon E. Hunt, Charleston, SC, Arcadia Publishing, 2011. Images of America series. [order from the Empire Ranch Foundation]
  • History of the Empire Ranch by Gregory Paul Dowell. Master’s Thesis, University of Arizona, 1978. Posted with permission of Gregory Paul Dowell.
  • Journal of a Special Place from Ranch Land to Public Preserve text by Jan Barstad, photographs by Jerry Sieve. Arizona Highways September 1990, 66(9):4-13. Posted with permission of Arizona Highways.

Vail Family

  • Diary of a Desert Trail: 1890 Cattle Drive from Arizona to California by Edward L. Vail. Sonoita, AZ: Empire Ranch Foundation, 2016. [Available from Amazon.com]
  • The Empire Ranch and Walter L. Vail by John J. Wooley and Laurel Wilkening. The Copper State Journal 2002; 37 (4): 12-17.  Permission to post being sought.
  • Empire Ranch v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 1890. Empire Ranch Foundation News. May 2004, 5(2):3-4.
  • The English Boys’ Outfit, Part 1 by Sinclair Browning. Empire Ranch Foundation News. Aug 2004, 5(3):5-6.
  • The English Boys’ Outfit, Part 2 by Sinclair Browning. Empire Ranch Foundation News. Nov 2004, 5(4):5-6.
  • Growing up a tomboy on the Empire Ranch, Part I by Betty Barr. The Bulletin, 13(20):1, 10, June 18, 2003. Posted with permission of Betty Barr.
  • Growing up a tomboy on the Empire Ranch, Part II by Betty Barr. The Bulletin, 13(21):1, 8, June 25, 2003. Posted with permission of Betty Barr.
  • May We Introduce… Mrs. John Harvey. Empire Ranch Foundation News. Aug 2010, 11(3):4.
  • University of Arizona Library Special Collections, Online Exhibit “Remembering an Empire (digitized historical documents, photos, and maps, learning activities and resources for further study)
  • Walter Vail by Betty Barr in More Hidden Treasures of Santa Cruz County Sonoita, AZ: BrockingJ Books, 2008, pp. 15-23. Posted with permission of Betty Barr.

Boice Family

  • Boice family, Empire Ranch, Sonoita by Betty Barr in Hidden Treasures of Santa Cruz County, Sonoita, AZ: BrockingJ Books, 2006, pp. 166-170. Posted with permission of Betty Barr.
  • Hereford Tradition of Arizona’s Boices by Richard G. Schaus. American Hereford Journal. 240-2,244,248,252-3,256,724-738, July 1959. Permission to post being sought.
  • Ranching Heritage of the Boice Family. Empire Ranch Foundation News. Feb 2006, 7(1):4.
  • Reflections from Sixty Years Ago… by Gerald Korte. Empire Ranch Foundation News. May 2005, 6(2):3.

Donaldson Family

  • Desert Empire by Tammy LeRoy. Western Horseman 71(7):38-44, July 2006. Permission to post being sought.
  • Donaldsons ranch with public looking over their shoulders by Colleen Schreiber. Livestock Weekly. Online Edition, April 18, 2002
  • John Donaldson: A Generation of the Empire by Marion Hyland. The Bulletin, August 15, 2001. Posted with permission of The Bulletin.
  • Profile of good stewardship: The Empire Ranch. The Quivara Coalition Newsletter. 2(4):10-12, 15, June 1999.

Tomlinson Family

Library Collections with Empire Ranch Related Holdings

Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives

Special Collections, University of Arizona Library