Promoting New ScholarshipEach 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: 2019–2020 Resident FellowshipsProposals are due by March 31, 2019.
CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the below call for proposals.Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 2019–2020 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the extraordinary cultural and natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance. Fellows will be granted a stipend based on their submitted budget and the availability of funding, not to exceed $5,000. Fellowships require at least one-week residency or more, dependent upon the parameters of the Fellow’s research needs. The period of residency must be completed between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020. Fellows are responsible for arranging their transportation, lodging, and meals during residency. (Note: Cody housing/lodging demands are very high during the months of June, July, and August. The CENTER recommends Fellows consider scheduling their research in the off-season, if this is possible.) Fellows may pursue field research in association with ongoing studies conducted by CENTER curatorial staff in the Greater Yellowstone region or conduct archival and artifactual research among the collections of the CENTER: McCracken Research Library, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, or the Draper Natural History Museum. Research and collection strengths at the CENTER include but are not limited to these: western art and art history, Plains Indian art and cultures, Greater Yellowstone ecology and conservation, firearms history and technology, western history, and the life and times of William F. Cody. Projects must be relevant to the CENTER’s mission and tied to its resources and/or expertise. Special consideration will be given to research proposals that incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the American West. As a direct result of the Fellowship award, Fellows are expected to prepare a professional presentation and/or publication crediting the support of CENTER. Informal discussions of research findings and active collaboration with CENTER staff and other Fellows are encouraged. Fellows will also be asked to submit a brief summary of findings upon completion of residency. Proposals for the 2019–2020 Fellowship Program (no more than two single-spaced pages) should outline a personal statement of purpose, the project parameters, and specific reference to how the CENTER’s staff expertise, archival, photographic, and physical collections, or other resources will significantly contribute to the ultimate success of the project. In an attachment to the proposal, please also include a proposed budget for the fellowship, not to exceed $5,000, and a timeline outlining the plan of research and dates for anticipated products. Please submit two letters of reference and any other relevant material.
Proposals will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- A candidate’s professional background and academic accomplishments.
- 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.
CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the above call for proposals.
Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth FellowshipIn addition to our Resident Fellowships, the Center of the West is also seeking proposals for the 2019–2020 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. This fellowship is intended to fund research topics related to the transnational legacy of the American West and the European reception of Buffalo Bill and other high-profile American contemporaries who traveled abroad, such as President Ulysses S. Grant. As with Resident Fellowships, the chosen fellow will be granted a stipend not to exceed $5,000. Research may be conducted at the Center or abroad. The fellowship must be completed between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020. Those applicants who are not selected for the Citizens of a Wider Commonwealth Fellowship will be considered for a Resident Fellowship.
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 – 2016Andrés 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. CummingsJim 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