The Old West Time-Life Series

By Daniel McAdam. ©

Back in the late 1980's, I bought a used set of Time-Life Books, called "The Old West."  There were thirteen volumes and, strange to say, I didn't give any thought as to whether or not the set was complete.  Time-Life series books can usually stand on their own as individual volumes, which perhaps explains my lack of concern.

Recently I've looked at the books with renewed interest.  Having moved from the East Coast to New Mexico, I find remnants of the Old West all around me.  Consequently, the question of completeness became one worth researching.  Turns out my set was not complete -   there are actually twenty-six (!) volumes, plus a staple-bound Master Index - but, being more or less halfway there, completing the series seems a worthwhile goal.  Thus far, I've had decent luck finding needed copies on Amazon, buying a couple at a time. 

The books themselves are quite nice.  With the exception of the Master Index, they're bound in brown leather or leatherette (best guess - bonded leather) that's made to look like it's tooled, and have pictorial covers. 

For those interested, here's a list of books in the series, arranged alphabetically by title:




Master Index 


The Alaskans 

Keith Wheeler 

The Canadians 

Ogden Tanner 

The Chroniclers 

Keith Wheeler 

The Cowboys 

William H. Forbis 

The End and the Myth 

Paul O'Neill 

The Expressmen 

David Nevin 

The Forty-Niners 

William Weber Johnson 

The Frontiersmen 

Paul O'Neill 

The Gamblers 

Robert Wallace 

The Great Chiefs 

Benjamin Capps 

The Gunfighters 

Paul Trachtman 

The Indians 

Benjamin Capps 

The Loggers 

Richard Williams 

The Mexican War 

David Nevin 

The Miners 

Robert Wallace 

The Pioneers 

Huston Horn 

The Railroaders 

Keith Wheeler 

The Ranchers 

Ogden Tanner 

The Rivermen 

Paul O'Neill 

The Scouts 

Keith Wheeler 

The Soldiers 

David Nevin 

The Spanish West 

William H. Johnson 

The Texans 

David Nevin 

The Townsmen 

Keith Wheeler 

The Trailblazers 

Bil Gilbert 

The Women 

Joan Swallow Reiter 





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