Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the sponsors of the Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue and why are they supporting this project?

The Ricketts Art Foundation, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and the Museum of Mountain Man have joined together to provide the public with a full range of Alfred Jacob Miller’s western works. Miller is a leading figure in nineteenth-century American art history whose remarkable skills as a painter, historical recorder of the mountain man era, and special sensitivity to native people make him worthy of modern review and enjoyment.

Does the Foundation or its sponsors have a library I can use or scholars I can consult?

The Foundation does not have research facilities.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is home to the McCracken Research Library which contains tens of thousands of books and is uniquely focused on the history and art of the American West. Reference books on artists like Miller and the mountain man era are generously represented. The Center is located in Cody, Wyoming.

The Museum of the Mountain has an extensive collection of fur trade materials in its research library. To ensure that a Museum staff person will be available to assist, research at the Museum of Mountain Man is by appointment only. The library and archives in Pinedale, Wyoming are accessible year-round. Appointments can be made by calling the museum curator at 307-367-4101.

What are permissible uses of the images on the Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue?

Use of images on the Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue should be limited to non-commercial, educational, and personal use only. The Foundation cannot grant permission for works from other collections. Certain images on the Online Catalogue may be protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy/publicity, or related interests owned by one or more third parties.

What is the numbering system used on the Alfred Jacob Miller Online Catalogue? 

The numbering system for the items listed on the Online Catalogue is derived from the Miller catalogue raisonné, Ron Tyler, Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail (Fort Worth: Amon Carter Museum, 1982).

What is the Catalogue Raisonné?

A catalogue raisonné is a volume or website that explores the full body of an artist’s work. Catalogue raisonnés are available on many nineteenth-century American artists including, for example, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, William Ranney, and Childe Hassam.

How can I obtain a copy of the Catalogue Raisonné?

The Ron Tyler book is out of print at this time. Copies can be purchased, however, at any number of used book stores that feature western books and on several websites that sell used books.

How do I submit a comment or correction?

Comments or corrections should be emailed to

Where can the public see artworks by Alfred Jacob Miller?

The largest holding of Alfred Jacob Miller works can be found at the following institutions:

Any one of these institutions may have some or all of their Miller works in storage at any one time, so one must not expect to see them without making special arrangements or at least inquiring before visiting.

I think I have an Alfred Jacob Miller painting. Can you authenticate it for me?

The Foundation does not authenticate, appraise, or evaluate works of art.