I am privileged to chair this WHA 2020 roundtable session that brings a diverse panel of nine scholars together to examine the nature of the collaborations (both literal and conceptual) that the likes of fellow performers Annie Oakley, Texas Jack Omohundro, and Bill Sweeney; business partners George Beck and Pawnee Bill; and myth-makers Mark Twain, Nate Salsbury, and Major. John M. Burke forged with William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Individually and collectively, the panelists will seek to understand what these collaborators meant to each other and what may have been distinctive about the means, purpose, and outcomes of their work together. This session is informed by the scholarly editing work appearing in The William F. Cody Archive, housed at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and The Papers of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody series published in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Press where many of the panelists have or will serve as volume editors. Collectively, the panelists will address how these various collaborations expand or complicate our understanding of the ways the frontier West was reimagined for a global audience.
Category Archives: Papers of William F. Cody
Cody Series Book Wins NCWHM Prize!
Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind, the third book in our series, The William F. Cody Series on the History and Culture of the American West, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, is the winner of the 2018 Best Nonfiction Book award by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK! The book is written by by Steve Friesen with Francois Chladiukand and features a Foreword by Walter Littlemoon.
Cody Series Book Wins PCA Prize!
The Popular Frontier: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Transnational Mass Culture, the fourth book in our series, The William F. Cody Series on the History and Culture of the American West, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, recently won the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association. The award was formally presented at the PCA annual conference in Indianapolis, IN on March 29, 2018 to Frank Christianson, the Senior Editor of The Papers of William F. Cody and the editor of this collection of essays. Co-Series Editor Douglas Seefeldt was on hand to accept the award on Frank’s behalf. Congratulations Frank!
New Book Explores Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Exhibition Impact On Europe
I am pleased to announce the newest book in our series, The William F. Cody Series on the History and Culture of the American West, published by the University of Oklahoma Press! The following link takes you to a nice interview with Frank Christianson, the Senior Editor of The Papers of William F. Cody and the editor of this collection of essays: The Popular Frontier: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Transnational Mass Culture
Ball State gives Buffalo Bill’s Wild West a virtual makeover
October 12, 2015
Cowboys and Indians captivated the country when Buffalo Bill’s Wild West rolled through America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. More than a century later, Ball State digital artists have re-created the legendary showman’s outdoor exhibition.
Working with staff from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, artists and designers from Ball State’s Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA) have crafted a computer-generated world that authentically simulates the Wild West show dramatizing frontier life.
“The visual look and feel of the project is something we’re really proud of,” said John Fillwalk, IDIA director and senior director of the university’s Hybrid Design Technologies initiative.
Fillwalk collaborated on the project with Jeremy Johnston, curator of the center’s Buffalo Bill Museum, and Ball State historians James Connolly and Douglas Seefeldt.
Read more at: http://cms.bsu.edu/news/articles/2015/10/ball-state-gives-buffalo-bills-wild-west-a-virtual-makeover
NEH honors two Ball State projects
National Endowment for the Humanities names What Middletown Read, The Real Buffalo Bill as ‘top grant projects’
September 30, 2015
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has singled out two projects with Ball State University ties as among the most significant projects the agency has funded. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding, the agency has selected what it describes as “the top grant projects from NEH’s history,” including What Middletown Read and The Real Buffalo Bill…
The Papers of William F. Cody, included in “The Real Buffalo Bill,” a series of NEH-supported projects that explore the life, legacy and impact of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody also made NEH’s list. In his role as senior digital editor of the Papers of William F. Cody, Ball State’s Douglas Seefeldt, a history professor, has worked closely with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on several projects, including The William F. Cody Archive and the Cody Studies digital research and scholarship platform. Ball State is one of the participating institutions.
Read more at: http://cms.bsu.edu/news/articles/2015/9/neh-honors-two-ball-state-projects
The C-SPAN 3 broadcast of our panel discussion is now online :
The Enduring Legacy of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West
A roundtable discussion featuring Jeremy Johnston, Buffalo Bill Center of the West; Douglas Seefeldt, Ball State University; Frank Christianson, Brigham Young University; Michelle Delaney, Smithsonian Institution; and Riva Freifeld, Documentary Filmmaker. Fifty-Fourth Annual Conference of the Western History Association, Newport Beach, CA, October 17, 2014.