Into the Archives: Buffalo Bill Pulp Stories

Posted on January 11, 2022 by Dickinson Research Center in

Buffalo Bill has been known as a showman, scout, frontiersman, and mythical character. There are countless books written about his life. But did you know that he was a popular character in pulp literature as well?

Our Dickinson Research Center has a huge archive of photos, magazines, papers and even Buffalo Bill pulp covers.

He actually had his own pulp magazine named for him.

Buffalo Bill Stories
May 12, 1902, no. 53; Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection; RC2006.068.4.01228

Buffalo Bill Stories were fictional creations that added to the myth of Buffalo Bill.  

Buffalo Bill Stories
February 2, 1907, no. 299; Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection; RC2006.068.4.01233

He was so popular that these stories were translated into other languages.

Buffalo Bill Stories
No. 227, no date; Glenn D. Shirley Western American Collection; RC2006.068.4.04548

 

This one was translated into German.

Buffalo Bill Stories
No. 227, no date; Glenn D. Shirley Western American Collection; RC2006.068.4.04548

About The Dickinson Research Center (DRC)

The Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center (DRC) houses the Museum’s archival and photographic collections, institutional records and library. It shares the Museum’s mission to preserve and interpret the evolving history and cultures of the American West through exhibitions, education, research, and publications.

The collections span centuries and include over 42,000 books; 700,000 photographs; dime novels, manuscripts, maps, film posters, movies and more. Not limited to the old West, they also cover the modern authors, directors and artists inspired by it. Main subject areas include general western history, rodeo history, Native American history, western popular culture, western art and ranching.

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