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RESEARCH

Explore thousands of museum objects and images, and deepen your knowledge of the American West. We have one of the most extensive collection of Plains Indian objects, photos of famous figures of the West, and more.

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, ca. 1912. P.69.171

PHOTO COLLECTIONS

Photos tell the real story of the West. Browse images of historical figures, Plains Indian culture, and more.

William F. Cody in front of his Wild West show tent, ca. 1900. MS47 David R. Phillips Collection. PN.47.17

PAPERS OF WILLIAM F. CODY

An expansive collection of photos, documents, and records that examine both sides of Buffalo Bill.

Fig. 7: Very little surrounded Buffalo Bill—the Scout after its dedication in 1924. MS 228 Buffalo Bill Museum Photos, McCracken Research Library. PN.228.167

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Research stipends that promote new scholarship and expand our view of the American West.

MS 92, Dean Hays Family Papers.

ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

An expansive database of manuscripts, photographs, and other items that preserve American West history.

Charles Belden’s “The rescue,” ca. 1925. MS3 Charles Belden Collection. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Belden. PN.67.5

RIGHTS & REPRODUCTIONS

Use our photographs, posters, and artwork for educational, journalistic, or personal use.

THE MCCRACKEN RESEARCH LIBRARY

The McCracken Research Library offers an extensive collection of rare books, historic photographs, and original manuscripts relating to the West. Explore our collections and make use of McCracken staff members to understand the complexities of Wild West history.

McCracken Research Library reading room