Scope and Contents
This subject category- Wildwest consists of materials relating to the portrayal of America's Western frontier. The material focuses on the romantic ideal of the west and the people in it rather than factual information. This includes material from and about Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and other performance events, as well as images and publications base on the romanticized ideal of a Wildwest. The collection spans the dates 1888-1940 and has items from diverse locations. The collection is organized by type of material.
Series 1, Programs, 1889-1938; undated, consists of programs from various live shows that portrayed the lifestyle and events of America's Western Frontier including Buffalo Bill's Wild West, Cheyenne Frontier Days, and The World Series Rodeo. The programs are all illustrated and are arranged by event name.
Series 2, Advertisements, undated, consists of materials advertising events that focus on America's west. This includes Cheyenne Frontier Days and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and movies set in the west. The advertisements are mostly broadsides or pamphlets and are all illustrates; none are dated.
Series 3, Correspondence, 1897-1915, consists of correspondence regarding traveling shows such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West, Broncho John Wild West, California All Star Wild West, Carlisle's Historical Wild West Show, and 101 Ranch. The correspondence is primarily between the show manager and a local host or show sponsor. The series is arranged by touring company then chronologically.
Series 4, Publications, 1893-1940, contains books and periodicals about America's Western frontier. One book is on the history of the west and Buffalo Bill, and one is a collection of Rodeo songs. The other published works are fictional stories set in the west.
Series 5, Images,1888;undated, contains images of the American west and people associated with the west. Illustrations are of scenes from the west, the photographs are portraits of William Cody "Buffalo Bill", Annie Oakley, Pawnee Bill, and Henry Brown. The postcards are images of people connected with the west including Calamity Jane, Buckskin Bill, Tex Ritter and others. Other postcards are drawings and staged scenes of cowboys. The image series also contains a piece of leather work showing an image of William Cody.