William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's (1845-1917) life and career span the transition from the frontier to the post-frontier eras in the history of the North American West, and his legacy contributes to both the popular imagery of the mythic West and to the social and economic foundation of the modern western section of the United States. From the late nineteenth-century Dime Novels and "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" exhibition that made him an international celebrity, to his early twentieth-century speculative investments in mining and irrigation projects and his role as a booster for the Wyoming town that bears his name, Cody's life is a lens through which we may profitably re-examine the complex, multifaceted story of the American West.
The Buffalo Bill Project is a digital research project adjunct to the Papers of William F. Cody scholarly editions and William F. Cody Archive digital projects currently under development by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Working in collaboration with a series Graduate Research Assistants trained in the United States history, the American West, and Digital History theory and methods, Professor Douglas Seefeldt directs the development of a set of thematic digital history initiatives that provide historical context for the William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's life and times and present new findings in the emerging area of Cody Studies. We have been sharing our research online and at a number of scholarly meetings and conferences in the United States and abroad. We plan to submit our findings for publication as co-authored digital articles to a variety of scholarly journals for peer-review. The Buffalo Bill Project graduate assistantships are made possible by a generous grant to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History from the Papers of William F. Cody project at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
Please share information or comments with this project by contacting:
Douglas Seefeldt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
Douglas Seefeldt, Project Director
Jason Heppler, Department of History (fall 2009-summer 2010)
Brent Rogers, Department of History (fall 2009-summer 2010)
Brian Sarnacki, Department of History (fall 2010-summer 2011)
Michelle Tiedje, Department of History (fall 2010-summer 2011)
Adam Hodge, Department of History (fall 2011-summer 2012)
Pablo Rangel, Department of History (fall 2011-summer 2012)