L.F. Foster Wild West Scrapbooks

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1289
Creators:
Foster, L. F.
Foster, L. F.
Dates:
1884-1929
bulk 1890-1910
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 Cubic feet
5 boxes.
2 Albums
200 Items
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The albums contain clippings, bills, photographs, and other material relating to cowboys, cowgirls, and Wild West shows. Some of the material, particularly the photographs, concern Foster's career, but most of the items concern western shows and rodeos in general, including those of Buffalo Bill Cody, Pawnee Bill, and the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. Many other individual showmen, including American Indians, are also represented. There is an indication in the albums that Foster was an amateur photographer of a certain skill and some of the photographs may have been made by him. It is not clear whether he assembled the album himself or whether it was the work of relatives.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
L. F. Foster was a wild west showman, a "rough and fancy rider, rope and revolver expert."

Administration
Processing Information
Originally Photo lot 74-19, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. This bibliographic record copied from NAA's Horizon record 2943. Unfortunately, the NAA catalog record is still posted in this database.
Author
NMAH Staff
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1933 by Foster's sister, Louise T. Foster, and his brother, John H. Foster.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Preferred Citation
L.F. Foster Wild West Scrapbooks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Preferred Citation
The collection is unprocessed.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred to the Archives Center from the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Cowboys Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cowgirls Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Western shows Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rodeos Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albums Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1890-1910 -- Black-and-white photoprints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bills Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- 1890-1920 Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cody, Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pawnee Bill Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
101 Ranch Wild West Show Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives