Improvements to Topics page and People and Places search


Since the inception of the William F. Cody Archive, materials had been categorized into four topical categories:
Old topics page

In order to more accurately reflect the current contents of the Archive and to make items easier to find, the topics page has now been revamped. What has been done:

The European Tours topic, which was by far the largest topic, has been divided into three major areas visited by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. The new topics are:
Wild West in Britain
Wild West in Germany
Wild West in Italy and Spain

Rough Riders has also been split into:
Congress of Rough Riders
Roosevelt’s Rough Riders

In addition, two topics have been renamed:
Show Indians has been renamed as Lakota Performers to reflect the contributions of the Lakota people to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
Empire has been renamed to Buffalo Bill’s Wyoming to focus more clearly on the materials included in the topic.

A major improvement to the topics page is the addition of three new topics:
Buffalo Bill Himself
Buffalo Bill on Stage
Buffalo Bill on Film

Another important addition is the inclusion of more than 500 visual items (photographs, posters, etc.). Previously, only textual materials (books, letters, newspaper articles, etc.) were categorized into topics.

Go to the topics page

People and Places Search
The visual materials have also been added to the People and Places Search, greatly increasing the number of items that can be found through this search.

We have been working on regularization of personal and place names. An example of this can be seen with Alexandra.

Alexandra, old search

Alexandra, new search

In addition work has been done, and continues to be done, to identify underrepresented people and put them in the People search. An example of this is Jenny Nelson, who was previously not included in the search. She now has four items associated with her:

Jenny Nelson search results

As always, the People and Places search is not an exhaustive list, but a tool to be used in conjunction with the keyword search to help guide users to the content they are seeking. Happy searching!

Go to the search page

Articles about the Wild West’s performances in Dresden, Germany

The following newspaper articles from the German Scrapbook detailing the Wild West’s performances in Dresden June 1-16, 1890 are now available:

Buffalo Bills Wilder Westen | Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
Dresden. Einen ungewohnten Anblick bot am Sonnabend | Dresden. An unfamiliar sight was offered on Saturday
Die gestrige dritte Vorstellung von Buffalo Bill’s | Yesterday, the third performance of Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West”
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Dresden
Die letzte Sonntagsvorstellung von Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Dresden | Last Sunday’s presentation of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Dresden
Der König und die Königin besuchten am Montag | On Monday afternoon, the King and Queen visited
Tagesbericht. — Buffalo Bills Wild West wird morgen | Daily Report. — Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Dresden will tomorrow draw to its close
Die Wirkungen der Vorstellungen Buffalo Bill’s | The effects of Buffalo Bill’s performances
Die Buffalo Bill’s Wild–West–Truppe | The Buffalo Bill Wild West troupe
Buffalo Bill eröffnete gestern Nachmittag pünktlich 4 Uhr | Buffalo Bill opened his long–advertised show punctually at 4 o’clock yesterday

More European Tours newspaper articles online

The following newspaper articles have been added to the archive:

A Hopeful Prospect
The American Exhibition, May 1, 1887
Conservative Meeting at Woodbridge
The American Exhibition, May 9, 1887
Opening of the American Exhibition in London
The American Exhibition, May 10, 1887
London Notes
Royal Visit to the Wild West
The American Exhibition, May 13, 1887
The Children’s Hour
Accident at the American Exhibition
Fighting and Trapping out West
Royal Visit to the American Exhibition
The Provinces
Rival Buffalo Bills
Curious Proceedings at the “Wild West”

German materials added

The scout Buffalo Bill. Carl Henckel. München 91.

Image from Buffalo Bill and his Wild West: The scout Buffalo Bill.
Carl Henckel. München 91.

A book and newspaper articles from the 1890 tour in Germany have been added to the archive:

Buffalo Bill und sein wilder Westen | Buffalo Bill and his Wild West
Bei Buffalo Bill | At Buffalo Bill’s
Eine Antrittsvisite bei Buffalo Bill | An opening visit at Buffalo Bill
In Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
Bei Buffalo Bill | At Buffalo Bill’s
Buffalo Bill in Berlin
Wild West in Berlin
Untitled [Die Verwaltung der Buffalo Bill Wild West Co.] | Untitled [The management of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Co.]

The Enduring Global Legacy of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

The C-SPAN 3 broadcast of our panel discussion is now online :

The Enduring Legacy of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West

A roundtable discussion featuring Jeremy Johnston, Buffalo Bill Center of the West; Douglas Seefeldt, Ball State University; Frank Christianson, Brigham Young University; Michelle Delaney, Smithsonian Institution; and Riva Freifeld, Documentary Filmmaker. Fifty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Newport Beach, CA, October 17, 2014.

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Programs and posters up

Three new programs have been added to the archive:

A Peep at the Wild West
The Rough Rider Annual
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Brief Program, England

And The Wild West Buffalo Bill and Dr. Carver Rocky Mountain and Prairie Exhibition has been updated to add missing text.

Also two new posters are up:

Johnnie Baker, The Marvelous Marksman
The Visit of Their Majesties

American Exhibition Album and more British Tour articles added

The Souvenir Album of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Victoria to the American Exhibition is now available on the Cody Archive.

In addition, the following newspaper articles about the 1887 British Tour are now up:
Buffalo Bill’s Big Visitors
Too Realistic
“Buffalo Bill”
Letter from Buffalo Bill
The Queen at the Wild West Show
Buffalo Bill in England
Buffalo Bill’s Letter
Sioux Against Pawnees
Letters from the Old Country

More newspaper articles online

These newspaper articles regarding the British tour are now online:

The Lion of London
“Gath’s” Visit to Buffalo Bill
The Queen at the Show
Buffalo Bill
Nate Salsbury’s Welcome
The Wild West Show
“Red Indians in Camp”
Buffalo Bill as an Author
Track and stable talk
Sugared Popcorn
The Coming of Cody
Notes and Opinions
Buffalo Bill Back
Buffalo Bill a Bigger Man Than Minister Phelps
Buffalo Bill’s Barbecue
My First Dead Indian
The Wild West
“Wild West” Show a Success
The Cowboy Craze
Fighting and Trapping
Buffalo Bill’s Long Ride
Buffalo Bill’s Bar
Untitled [In Matthew Arnold’s last criticism]
Buffalo Bill and Albert Edward
Buffalo Bill in England
They Went Back and Lied
The Biggest Man in London
Americans in London
Rambles about Europe
The National Defenses

New content added to letters, personography and encyclopedia

Annotations have been added to 28 letters — css00501css00509 and css00511css00529. In addition, the annotations in letters css00429, css00448, and css00450 have been enhanced. Mike Russell and Hudson Darrah have been added to the personography and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Combined with Pawnee Bill’s Great Far East and the Cody Trading Company have been added to the encyclopedia.