Show Indians

Materials related to the "Show Indians," who performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West from its beginning in 1883, reveal how William F. Cody regarded American Indian performers and how native peoples far from home experienced world travel.

Rough Riders

This featured act, added to Buffalo Bill's Wild West in the 1890s, offered audiences the equivalent of "frontiersmen" of other nations while depicting contemporary conceptions of cultural imperialism, race, and gender.


Materials related to William F. Cody's town-building, irrigation projects, and railroad development in the Big Horn Basin that reveals Cody's non-Wild West business ventures.

European Tours

Materials related the Wild West exhibition’s three extended European tours between 1887 and 1906. During more than six years of international touring the Wild West performed in 465 unique locations.