Michael Vinson has a Masters in American History from BYU, and a Masters in the History of the Book from the University of Chicago; in 2010 he also received a Masters from the Divinity School at the University of Cambridge.

He first worked as a curator in the Western Americana collection of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. While there, he wrote an exhibition catalogue, “Motoring Tourists in the West,” which was selected for first place as the Best Exhibition Catalogue from the Association of College and Research Libraries, and was also selected as one of the Best 50 Western Books of 1989 by the Rounce and Coffin Club.

He has published articles on Western American bibliographies in the AB Bookman’s Weekly, and presented a paper at the Western History Association meeting in 1992, “New Ranges for Collecting Western American History: Is it Time to Put the Old Bibliographies Out to Pasture?” which was published in the 1994 issue of RBM, A JOURNAL OF RARE BOOKS.

He has consulted on appraisal values for leading auction houses, including Sotheby’s and Heritage, and has even assisted with consultation services for the NASA Columbia Shuttle Astronaut heirs.

He has owned his firm specializing in Western Americana since 1992, and celebrated his 20th Anniversary in 2012.

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