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Research

The pinnacle of American West research + resources

Explore thousands of museum objects and images, and deepen your knowledge of the American West. We have one of the most extensive collections of Plains Indian objects, photos of famous figures of the West, and more. Led by the McCracken Library at the Center of the West, we’re dedicated to preserving and publishing the very best of American West history for public use.
Cheyenne moccasins, ca. 1890. Gift of Robert F. Garland. NA.202.5

Online Collections

Explore thousands of objects from our museum collections. Save your favorites and share with friends!
William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, ca. 1912. P.69.171

Digital 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.
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Remington Catalogue

The premier online collection of over 3,000 unique artworks by Frederic Remington.
2-8 Proctor small panther, BBCW
An extensive database of Alexander Phimister Proctor’s bronzes and other various works.
MRL-WYLDCat
Browse our research library’s book collection through the Wyoming Libraries Database, WYLDCat.
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.