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MS 041 - Mary Jester Allen - Original Buffalo Bill Museum Collection

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MS 041 - Mary Jester Allen - Original Buffalo Bill Museum Collection, 1910-1965 | McCracken Research Library

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Title: MS 041 - Mary Jester Allen - Original Buffalo Bill Museum Collection, 1910-1965Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Allen, Mary Jester

Extent: 27.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Abstract

The bulk of this collection consists of correspondence and a wide range of files compiled by Mary Jester Allen, the first director of the Buffalo Bill Museum. These files document the building and growth of the first Buffalo Bill Museum, and contain artist files, and general correspondence from a wide variety of sources

Collection Historical Note

Mary Jester Allen was born in West Chester, PA on 1/11/1875 and died in Cody, WY on 11/23/1960 the only child of Helen Cody Jester and Alexander Jester.

Buffalo Bill’s niece, Mary Jester Allen, became the catalyst for commemorating her beloved uncle. She was described as “…gray-haired, steely-eyed, of considerable dignity, an imposing air of authority and dogged determination.” Her residency in New York City from ca. 1917 until 1926, gave her the opportunity to establish Eastern connections and gain experience in journalism and public relations. She was also active during that period in the Women’s Roosevelt Memorial Association, displaying her interest in a museum that memorialized a national figure. Through channels established while she lived in New York, Allen managed to involve Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875 – 1942), the renowned patron of American art, a sculptress, and daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Whitney would sculpt the monumental bronze, Buffalo Bill—The Scout.

Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Access Restrictions: McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.

Preferred Citation: Mary Jester Allen - Original Buffalo Bill Museum Collection, MS 41, McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Processing Information: Processed by Cristy Danford, 2011.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Subject Files],
[Series 3: Clippings],
[Series 4: Documents],
[Series 5: Oversized],
[Series 6: Photographs],
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Series 3: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Various ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Billings Gazette, October 18,1925Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings regarding the museum openingAdd to your cart.

Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, 10/5

The Detroit Free Press, November 20,1929

Article and photo of painting by Detroit artist, Phil Sawyer

Folder 6: Miscellaneous Unfiled:  Brochures, maps, cards, etc.  "American History Month and Buffalo Bill" by Bernice E. Wiley, HistorianAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings: Iowa news 1948 and others about Buffalo Bill childhood places, and Green Tree in LeClaire, IowaAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Gertrude Vanderbilt WhitneyAdd to your cart.

Clippings about sculpture and several obituaries

Blue print for sculpture foundation

Whitney Exhibition invitations and catalogye from 1922 exhibition at

              Park County Library

Folder 9: Billings and Cody NewspaperAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Billings Gazette, July 24, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Billings Gazette, September 4, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Billings Gazette, October 25, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Cody Enterprise, February 26, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Cheyenne Daily Sun (1965), July 24, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Iowa Times Democrat, August 30, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Interest due Bond Holders, September 1, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Don Russell & MJA correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Northern Wyoming Herald, July 12, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 30: ?Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Various clippings, Billings Gazette, August 28,1932Add to your cart.
Folder 32: 1960's Season Ticket HoldersAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Billings Gazette, June 28, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Billings Gazette, January 10. 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Billings Gazette, April 24, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 36: The Yellowstone Journal, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Billings Gazette, July 26, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Billings Gazette, May 1, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 39: The Cody Country Decal and associated correspondence from printer, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Various Photographs of Museum, Buffalo Bill, Statue, Boyhood Home, Neon sign Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Christmas Card w/ photograph, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 42: "Wyoming Historical Sites and Markers and Museums" Brochure, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 43: William F. Cody Essay Contest, by Spring Garden School (Natley, NJ)Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Cody and Meeteetse Wyoming Telephone directory , 1927 ; 1938-39Add to your cart.
Folder 45: The Horse Lover - The Horse Lover Magazine, October - November 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Unidentified photographs (Jack Richard)Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Photograph of Cody, Wyoming, c. 1900, unidentified photographerAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Buffalo Bill Whitney Statue photos, people with car and license plates, 11 matted photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Approximately 50 prints of Buffalo Bill with short description on cardboard matting in two folders (49 and 50)Add to your cart.
See folder 50
Folder 50: Approximately 50 prints of Buffalo Bill with short description on cardboard matting in two folders (49 and 50)Add to your cart.
See folder 49
Folder 51: Photo of Chief Tecumseh (?)Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Wyoming Star Tribune, August 4, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Billings GazetteAdd to your cart.
March 4 & 5, 1932
Folder 3: Billings Gazette, January 6, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Glenrock Independent, January 3, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Billings Gazette, November 29, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Billings Gazette, January 17, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Billings Gazette, April 10, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Billings Gazette, April 12, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Billings Gazette, December 6, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Billings Gazette, December 13, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Billings Gazette, January 3, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Billings Gazette, November 22, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Billings Gazette, May 10, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Billings Gazette, October 4, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Billings Gazette, May 29, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Billings Gazette, March 20, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Billings Gazette, December 27, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Billings Gazette, April 3, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Billings Gazette, January 4, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Billings Gazette, January 11, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Billings Gazette, July 19, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Billings Gazette, n.d.Add to your cart.
Plenty Coups Obituary
Folder 23: Billings Gazette, December 20, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Casper Tribune-Herald, February 24, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Wyoming News, September 21, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Billings Gazette, May 15, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Billings Gazette, April 17, 1932Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Subject Files],
[Series 3: Clippings],
[Series 4: Documents],
[Series 5: Oversized],
[Series 6: Photographs],
[All]


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