By Jack Russell and Nathan Bender 2004, 2005
Title: MS 231 - John H. Tait Collection
Primary Creator: Tait, John H.
Extent: 1.0 Cubic Feet
Date Acquired: 05/01/2002
This collection consists of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (BB) and others correspondence with John Tait (1912-16), one of the Rough Riders of the Spanish-American War. Included are pictures and postcards of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West (BBWW) show, pictures of the Barnum sideshow members, a volume of the original Rough Riders, a Route Book of the 1899 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and a letter from Mrs. Cody after Irma’s death.
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Alan C. Tait of Tempe, AZ
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Series:
[Series 1: Scrapbooks
- Series 1: Scrapbooks
- Item 1: Book #1
- 46 pages. Some correspondence with Mrs. Tait after John Tait’s death, mostly correspondence from BB to John Tait in 1912-16, a letter from Mrs. Cody after Irma’s death, telegrams and family pictures.
- Item 2: Book #2
- 42 pages. BBWW postcards with photos of BB, John Tait and members of BBWW. An article about Eddie Tait’s Shows in the Philippines, some correspondence of BB and many photos of Barnum side-show acts.
- Item 3: Book #3
- Book 3. A roster of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry with notes on the original members together with the Constitution and By-laws of the group formed by the survivors. John H. Tait is noted in Troop I.
- Item 4: Book #4
- Route Book of BBWW for the 1899 season with comments on attendance at each of the stops. John Tait is listed on page 7 as a member of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.