Reading List

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]
  • Heart of the Empire. Historic Structure Report, Empire Ranch, Arizona by Laura Soulliere Harrison and Paul Niedenger, Volume 1, December 1992, revised 2020.
  • Historic American Landscape Survey: Empire Ranch.  Washington, DC, National Park Survey, 2016. HALS AZ-19.
  • 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

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