Mike Harter was born on September 12, 1943, in Lubbock, Texas. He lived in Lubbock until 1973, when he moved to his current residence in Amarillo, Texas. He was married to Janet Raye Guidry of New Orleans on December 30, 1975. They have two children together named Matthew Curry Harter and Jacob Bertin Harter, and two grandchildren named Elizabeth Jewel Harter and Mason Michael James Harter.
The Montgomery Harrison Wadsworth Ritchie Photo Collection was given by Cornelia (Ninia) Ritchie to the Center for the Study of the American West for processing in 2018 with the intent that it be accessioned by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Montie Ritchie (1910-1999) was a rancher and a man of many interests and talents, including photography. Many of the images attest to his long life of travel, sport, and adventure. The images document numerous trips to locations throughout the US West, Europe, and Asia. Images also document life and events on the JA Ranch. The collection is comprised of 7,231 slides meant for the PPHM Research Center. Of these, 340 images have been digitized for storage in a searchable online repository. In addition, Ninia Ritchie has donated a large number of JA and Montie Ritchie-related documents and photographs. These will comprise 675 additional scanned files for the online repository.