The Archives of Falconry contains the most comprehensive English-language falconry library in the world. It includes falconry books, articles and essays, manuscripts, equipment, memorabilia, art, field notes, and a substantial media collection on the ancient sport of falconry. Modern falconers were instrumental in organizing the successful recovery effort of the once-endangered Peregrine Falcon.

The collection and preservation of falconry-related materials is the priority of The Archives, and accessions from individuals and clubs are added every year. Each contribution is attributed to the donor and may contain multiple items.

Periodically, an auction of duplicate books is held to raise funds for the operations of the Archives. Falconers often contribute items for sale, such as books and art, specifically for this purpose in addition to their financial support.

About the Archives of Falconry

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The Wall of Remembrance at the Archives of Falconry
Archives of Falconry

Wall of Remembrance

The Wall of Remembrance was dedicated in March 2007 as a way for falconers to remember their falconer friends in a place that honors their passion for falconry. A special time to remember them is held during the annual Rendezvous each March. Individuals are allowed time to recall memories of days gone by and friendships shared.

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Book of Remembrance
Archives of Falconry

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance is a written and visual story of the falconers whose names have been placed on the Wall of Remembrance. Displayed in The Archives of Falconry, it presents personal memorabilia relating to the honored falconer, including photographs, biography, obituary, photos of hawks flown, and personal reminiscences. The book celebrates individual contributions to falconry and conservation of birds of prey.

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Sheikh Zayed Arab Falconry Tent Display
Archives of Falconry

Sheikh Zayed Arab Falconry Heritage Wing

The size of the Archives doubled in 2006 with the addition of the Sheikh Zayed Arab Falconry Heritage Wing. Twice-daily tours are conducted by the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center staff and volunteers. This stunning display juxtaposes the heritage of one of the oldest falconry cultures with our American heritage, one of the youngest. The interactive displays help interpret the falconer’s role in conserving birds of prey — a goal of The Archives of Falconry.

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A Peregrine Falcon

Legacy Circle

The Legacy Circle was dedicated in memory of Chad Hunter Cyrus to recognize living donors and their families who contribute, or plan to contribute, significant material support to The Archives of Falconry.

A group of falconers enjoy dinner at the Annual Spring Rendezvous

Annual Spring Rendezvous

The Annual Spring Rendezvous is an opportunity for falconers from near and far to greet old friends, meet new ones, and celebrate their sport. Activities include special exhibits and speakers. A day at the Archives is followed by a banquet that night.

Founding Curator of the Archives of Falconry, Kent Carnie, shows guests a book.

Archives Heritage Series

These publications make available to the falconry and scholarly worlds materials associated with falconry that are of lasting historic value.