Originally published in Points West magazineFall/Winter 2013 Cliff House Revealed By Mack Frost As a photographer, I constantly have to remind myself how lucky and honored I am to have the job of digitally scanning the archives of the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Every day, I get to […]
McCracken Research Library
Find out what goes on in the Center of the West's McCracken Research Library and get an insider's look at the incredible photographs, archives, and manuscripts housed and processed by the library's staff—who are still making some amazing finds within the collections.
When Leonard Cody Bell (not related) was nine years old, Buffalo Bill Cody offered him $10,000 if he would keep his hair long until he was 18. By the time Cody Bell was a teenager his hair was 58 inches long. Eric Rossborough, the associate librarian at the McCracken Research Library, said Cody Bell managed […]
Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2015 A Leap But Not a Stretch: Buffalo Bill and La Rana nel Wild West, conclusion Click here to read part 1 By Mary Robinson & Robert W. Rydell One of the Center’s most striking and original posters shows Buffalo Bill astride a bucking bullfrog. In the last issue […]
Originally published in Points West magazineSpring 2015 A Leap But Not a Stretch: Buffalo Bill and La Rana nel Wild West, part 1 By Mary Robinson & Robert W. Rydell Close your eyes and imagine a typical poster or illustration of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. What comes to mind? Is it Buffalo Bill’s silhouette on […]
Originally published in Points West magazineFall 2010 Charlie Russell’s Books By Brian W. Dippie, PhD Charlie Russell’s library points to a book reader, not a book collector,” writes Dr. Brian Dippie. In the words that follow, Dippie shares insight into the artist’s bookshelves, complete with Russell’s own comments—grammatical errors and all—that preserve the authenticity of […]
During World War I, some Winchester Repeating Arms Company employees were eventually exempt from the draft because their skills were essential to the war effort. “There were a couple of gentlemen that worked for Winchester that actually designed weapons or ran machinery that were so difficult to run that they were deemed as being essential […]