Donated by Rogers Aston, The Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston Collection of the American West is one of the most popular and historically significant aspects of the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s holdings. An independent oil producer, rancher, sculptor, and philanthropist, Aston developed a keen interest in the West during the time he spent on his family’s various ranches. When nearly forty, he began casting bronzes, using his collection as prop material for the creation of sculptures portraying poignant moments in the history of the American West. In 1999, Rogers and Mary Ellen Aston bequeathed their collection to the Roswell Museum and Art Center. On October 27, 2006, the Museum opened its installation of this expansive collection, West of Beyond.
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RMAC PastPerfect Online Database
This website presents a searchable database of over 1,000 objects from the RMAC Permanent Collection. Launched at the end of 2011, further records will be added over time.
Celebrating New Mexico Statehood
This website provides access to cultural heritage materials from twelve New Mexico institutions including the Roswell Museum and Art Center. This project is hosted by UNM Libraries and is funded by UNM’s Center for Regional Studies.