Promoting New Scholarship
Each year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers a limited number of research stipends for promising and established visiting western scholars in our fellowship program. Scholars research, write, and develop ideas and manuscripts that expand the horizon of western studies. Fellows may pursue field research in the Cody area (i.e., the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem or the Big Horn Basin and Mountains), or work in the collections of the McCracken Research Library or one of our five museums.
Fellows may conduct archival collections-based, and/or field-based research associated with one or more of the Center’s five museums (Buffalo Bill, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History, Plains Indian and Whitney Western Art) and McCracken Research Library. Research and collection strengths at the Center include but are not limited to: western art and art history; Plains Indian art and cultures; Greater Yellowstone ecology, conservation and wildlife management; firearms history and technology; western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody.
Call for Proposals: 2018–2019 Campbell Fellowship
Buffalo Bill Center of the West invites proposals for its 2018–2019 Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth Fellowship, generously funded by Edwina S. Campbell, author of Citizen of a Wider Commonwealth: Ulysses S. Grant’s Postpresidential Diplomacy, published by Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.
CLICK HERE to download the call for proposals for the Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth Fellowship.
Call for Proposals: 2018–2019 Resident Fellowships
To view and/or print the below Call for Proposals in PDF form, click here.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2018–2019 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend of $5,000. Note: While Fellowships generally are intended for individuals, the Center will consider group proposals from two or more individuals. If applying as a group, each member must submit the required application materials. If a Fellowship is awarded to a group, the amount awarded will remain $5,000.
Fellows may conduct archival/specimen collections-based, and/or field-based research associated with one or more of the Center’s five museums (Buffalo Bill, Cody Firearms, Draper Natural History, Plains Indian, and Whitney Western Art) and McCracken Research Library. Research and collection strengths at the Center include but are not limited to: western art and art history; Plains Indian art and cultures; Greater Yellowstone higher vertebrates, natural science video archive, ecology and conservation biology; firearms history and technology; western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody. Please explore this website for more information on these areas. Note: Special consideration will be given to research proposals that incorporate an interdisciplinary approach and/or innovative methodologies in the study of the American West.
- Projects must be relevant to the Center’s mission and tied to its resources and/or expertise. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Center staff in their area(s) of interest to determine the availability of resources and discuss their proposed research project.
- Gretchen Henrich, Interpretive Education; Electronic Learning: 307-578-4061 or [email protected]
- Ashley Hlebinsky, Firearms: 307-578-4048 or [email protected]
- Dr. Jeremy Johnston, Western History; Papers of William F. Cody: 307-578-4032 or [email protected]
- Karen McWhorter, Western Art: 307-578-4053 or [email protected]
- Dr. Charles Preston, Ecology; Natural History; Conservation Biology: 307-578-4078 or [email protected]
- Mary Robinson, Library Collection; Historic Photographs: 307-578-4063 or [email protected]
- Rebecca West, Plains Indian Cultures: 307-578-4049 or [email protected]
- Generally, it is expected that fellows will complete a residency of about two weeks or more, depending on the parameters of the Fellow-s research needs. The period of residency must be completed between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2019. There are two weeks which are not available for residency during this time: June 11–June 17, 2018 and September 17–September 23, 2018.
- Fellows must arrange their own transportation, lodging, and meals during residency. (Note: Cody housing/lodging rates are high during the summer tourist season; off-season rates are much cheaper.)
- Fellows are required to make a public presentation about their research. Suitable formats include, but are not limited to, a lecture, a peer-reviewed journal article, or a book or book chapter. Any such public presentation must credit the support of the Center.
- Fellows must submit a project summary at the end of their residency.
- Please submit the following application materials electronically to Terry Harley, Human Resources Director at [email protected].
- A narrative statement (not to exceed three pages), summarizing the proposed project’s purpose, parameters and methodologies, and addressing how the Center’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the project’s ultimate success.
- A timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products.
- A résumé, C.V. or similar evidence of qualifications.
- Two letters of reference.
- Any other material deemed relevant for consideration.
Fellowships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- The extent to which the proposed project draws upon the Center’s collections, resources, and/or expertise.
- The research project’s potential contribution to understanding of the cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance.
- The potential for professional presentation and/or publication upon completion of the Fellow’s research.
- The likelihood of the project to succeed based on the proposed approach, timeframe, and candidate’s qualifications.
April 14, 2018. Fellowships will be awarded by May 1, 2018. All applicants will be notified by email of the outcome of their proposal.
Questions: Please contact Terry Harley at [email protected].
To view and/or print the above Call for Proposals in PDF form, click here.
2017 – 2018 Fellows:
Sonja Dobroski, University of St. Andrew PhD candidate, How was the War Bonnet Perceived and Written about Historically by Non-Native People
Dr. John Langellier, Retired, formerly Director of Central Division of Arizona Historical Society, Hollywood Horse Soldiers: The U.S. Cavalry in Popular Culture
Dr. Ellen Lofaro, University of Tennessee, Curator of Archaeology Collections, Beyond Stereotypes: The Multivocal Possibilities in “Reading” the 19th–20th Century Material Culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
Matthew Moss, MA with distinction, University of Chester, United Kingdom, Winchester Firearms of the First World War
2016 – 2017 Fellows:
Brent Rogers of the Joseph Smith Paper with the project Buffalo Bill and the Mormons: Understanding the Cultural, Environmental, and Economic Connections and Evolutions of Two America West Mainstays
Danielle Haque from Minnesota State University-Mankato with the project Arab Performers in the Wild West Show
Doug Sackman from the University of Puget Sound with the project American Panorama: Rediscovering the History of the American West
Majel Boxer from Fort Lewis College with Return of the Pte Oyate (Buffalo People): A Peoples’ History of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation
2015 – 2016
Andrés Carlstein, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Project: Research for the historical novel The Red Gaucho, based on the true story of Daniel Gilmour, a kidnapped son of Scottish immigrants, an Argentine soldier, and one of the last true gauchos.
Kelli Grinich, Independent writer and poet, McMinnville, Oregon: Meditations on Barbed Wire and Western Landscapes
Matthew Hermes, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University, Simpsonville, South Carolina: Aerial Reflections through Time: Appreciating Jack Richard’s Inflight Photographs through the Eyes of Bob Richard and Google Earth™
Fiona McDonald, PhD, Antropologist, writer, and editor, New Knowledge Organization, Ltd., New York City, New York: Material Memories: The Transformation of Woolen Blankets Across Time and Place
Rachel Schmid, Curator of Art, William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California: His Reputation Precedes Him: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and the Shaping of 20th Century Western Art
Nancy Stark, President, Writer, and Producer, Mind2MindMedias, Inc., White Hall, Maryland: Heart, Strength, Speed: How Horses Ran the American West: An Interactive Online Program and Curriculum
Emily Voelker, PhD candidate and Raymond and Margaret Horowitz Foundation Dissertation Fellow, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts: Prince Roland Boaparte’s Photographic Encounters with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Paris at the 1889 Exposition Universelle
2014 – 2015:
John Clayton, Freelance writer, Red Lodge, MT: Revisiting the 1988 Yellowstone Fires
Michelle Anne Delaney, Director, Consortium for Understanding the American Experience, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Advance Work: Art and Advertising in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
Jennifer R. Henneman, Doctoral candidate, History, University of Washington, Seattle: Her Representation Precedes Her: Transatlantic Feminine Celebrity and American Identity, 1865 – 1895
Bryn B. Potter, Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, Riverside (CA) Metropolitan Museum: The Baskets of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West: the Plains Indian Museum Collection
Charlotte L. Quinney, PhD, Adjunct Lecturer, Gender and Women’s Studies; Media, Film and Journalism Studies, Colorado Women’s College, Denver: Embodied West: The Material Coordinates of the American West
Monica Steinberg, Doctoral candidate, Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York: “Billy’Al’Bengston’s ‘Public’F(r)ame”
Julia Yezbick, Doctoral candidate, Social Anthropology and Media, Harvard University; Liza Belby, Co-Director, The Hinterlands Performance Ensemble, Detroit, MI; Ben Gaydos, Assistant Professor of Design, University of Michigan-Flint; Richard Newman, Co-Director, The Hinterlands Performance Ensemble: Manifest Destiny! Docufiction and Western Myth-Making from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West to the Frontier of Contemporary Detroit
2013 – 2014:
Bryn Potter, Adjunct Curator of Anthropology, Riverside (CA) Metropolitan Museum: Authenticity in Western American Paintings: An Examination of Native American Basketry in the Studio Collections of Three Artists
Rebecca Wingo, Doctoral candidate, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Dr. Shoemaker’s Traveling Lantern Slides: Constructing Domesticity on Crow Reservation, 1910
Allison Robbins, Assistant Professor, Music, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg: Cowboy Music of the Frontier and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Martin Woodside, Doctoral candidate, Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden, NJ: Child Performers, Children of Adult Performers, and Child Spectators of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
Nicole Perry, Post-doctoral Fellow, Institut for Germanistik, University of Vienna: German Interest in Native North American Indians
Samantha Sommers, Doctoral candidate, English, University of California-Los Angeles: Unexpected Traces: Searching for Nineteenth-century African American presence and print culture in the McCracken Research Library Archives
2012 – 2013:
Emily Burns: The Native as Naive: Playing Indian in France
Maryrose Casey: Performing Native Americans: Buffalo Bill and the Embodiment of the Wild West
Karen Jones: The Bison in the Room: Taxidermy Animals, Storytelling, and the American West
Stephanie Knappe: Art Perpetuating Fame: The Posters of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
David J. Silverman: Thundersticks: Firearms and the Transformation of Native America.
2011 – 2012:
Chris Dixon, University of Strathclyde, Scotland: Buffalo Bill in Barcelona
Andrew Hershberger, Bowling Green State University: Photography and Geology: Interdisciplinary Readings on Early USGS-Era Photographers
Gregory Hinton, author, filmmaker, independent curator: Out West at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Ashley Hlebinsky, University of Delaware: Westerns and Western (Classical) Theatre: The Glamorization and Demonization of Firearms in the Arts
Jameson Sweet, University of Minnesota: Indians, Dressed and Half Dressed and Undressed: Army Wives, Indian Women, and Clothing in the West, 1848 – 1890
2010 – 2011:
Angela DeMontigny, Independent scholar, Six Nations Indian Reservation, Ontario, Canada: western clothing and accessory research
Chris Dixon, Senior Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde, Department of Modern Language: Researching book, Buffalo Bill in Barcelona
Andre Kohler, Public Relations Manager, Karl-May-Museum, Deutschland, Germany: Buffalo Bill and the Wild West in Germany
Herb Thompson: Professor/Division Chair, Neff Education Center, Emory & Henry College. Research for book The Edges of the West: A Literature of Hope for the Future
Laurel Wilson, Professor, Textile and Apparel Management, Curator of Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, University of Missouri, Columbia: Curate and teach Summer Institute program on Dressed Just Right: An Evolution of Western Style from Function to Flamboyance
Lacy Winninger, Independent scholar, Powell, WY: Explore the intricacies of western dress through researching the evolution of garment construction and materials
2009 – 2010:
Steven Bradley, PhD, Associate Professor of Art History, Mesa State College of Colorado, Grand Junction, CO: Study of Frank Tenney Johnson and W.H.D. Koerner collections
Michelle Anne Delaney, PhD, Senior Program Officer / Director of the Center for the American Experience, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Study of the Kasebier photograph collection and exhibit plan
Arthur Middleton, Graduate student, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie: History and changing status of the Clarks Fork elk herd; effects of environmental change, predators, and harvest
Elaine Nelson, Independent scholar, Albuquerque, NM: Posing for Profits, Heroes in the Hills: Tracing America’s National Identity in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming
Laura L. Scheiber, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN: Conceiving the Wilderness: Image, Place, and Ritual in the Rocky Mountain West
2008 – 2009:
Jaime Allison III, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA: Life in the Semi-Sovereign Nation: Energy Development, Sovereignty, and Change Among the Crow and Northern Cheyenne
Gordon R. Andrus, Independent scholar, Cody, WY: Saddle Making in the Northern Rocky Mountains and Plains Region
Patricia A. Billingsley, Independent scholar, Williamsburg, MA: Annotating the 1932 – 1933 Valley Ranch Journal of Philip H. Cummings
Jim Garry, Independent scholar, Cody, WY: Sights and Sounds of Yellowstone Archive
Robert D. Jakubowski, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Research for a Systematic Investigation of Museum Relevant Factors and Promoting Sustainability in a Four-Phase Approach
Jeremy Johnston, Northwest College, Powell, WY: Four-Toes, Three-Toes, Two-Toes, Wahb: Ernest Thompson-Seton and the Literary Creation of Renegade Bears in the Yellowstone Ecosystem
Mary L. Keller, University of Wyoming, living in Cody, WY: Wyoming Cultural Landscapes: The Big Horn Basin
Dorothy H. Patent, Author, Missoula, MT: Children’s book on The Relationship between Plains Indian Peoples and Horses
Marcy Lee Reiser, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO: Dendrochronology in the Greybull River Sustainable Landscape Ecology Program
Sandra Sagala, Independent scholar, Erie, PA: William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Movie—The Indian Wars—Filmed in 1913
2007 – 2008:
Michael Amundson, Northern Arizona University: Wyoming Time and Again Revisited: A Third Look at the Wyoming Scenes of Photographer Joseph E. Stimson
Margaret Ball, University of Colorado, Boulder: ‘A Barbarous Practice:’ Trophy-taking, Race, and Gender in America
Ken Blackbird, Independent photographer, Cody, WY: European Views of Native Americans
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Jr., Attorney, Boulder, CO: Law & History dinner lecturer, 2008.
Jim Garry, Independent scholar, Cooke City, MT: Yellowstone Bears and Bear People
Mary Murphy, Professor, History and Philosophy, Montana State University, Bozeman: Old Men, Friendship, and Photographs
Lynn Saltonstall, Graduate student, Yale University, New Haven, CT: Fleeting Fixity and the Limits of Photography: William Henry Jackson’s Yellowstone Views
Michael Wise, Doctoral candidate, University of Minnesota: Five Minutes Work: Photography, Animals, and Oil in Progressive-era Montana
2006 – 2007:
Gretchen Adams, PhD, Department of History, Texas Tech University, Lubbock: William F. Cody, An American Life
Dan Gagliasso, Independent scholar, documentary film maker: After the Wild West Fades: Buffalo Bill in Popular Culture, 1918 – 2006
Jim Garry, Independent scholar: Oral histories and CD, Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads
Andrea Green, Doctoral candidate in Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville: Evaluation of Sagebrush Mowing Treatments as Habitat Enhancement Strategy for Greater Sage-grouse
Jeremy Johnston, Northwest College, Powell, WY: Buffalo Bill and Teddy: The Distant Relationship of Two Rough Riders and the Economic Development of Northwest Wyoming
W. Hudson Kensel, PhD, Professor Emeritus, California State University-Fresno: The Valley Ranch and Irving H. “Larry” Larom: A History of Dude Ranching on the South Fork of the Shoshone River
Craig M. Lee, PhD, Anthropology Lecturer, Doctoral candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder: Program Development and Ethnohistoric Context for Assessing the Prehistoric Ecology of Greater Yellowstone Area Snow and Ice Resources
Anne MacKinnon, PhD, Adjunct Professor, University of Wyoming School of Environment and Natural Resources, Laramie, WY: Buffalo Bill Cody’s Dam Project
Naomi Ollie, Master of Arts candidate, Colorado State University, Fort Collins: An Environmental Archaeology Study of Landscape Change and Stability in the Absaroka Range, Park County, Wyoming
Julie Schimmel, PhD, Independent scholar, Inaugural Curator of Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX: John Mix Stanley, A Frontier Painter and Entrepreneur
Marie Watkins, PhD, Assistant Professor, Art History, Furman University, Greeneville, SC: Expanding the Discourse on Joseph Henry Sharp