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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.


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[Series 1: Correspondence],
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[Series 3: Clippings],
[Series 4: Documents],
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Series 5: OversizedAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Cody Times, February 21, 1952Add to your cart.
3 copies
Item 2: Billings Gazette Nov. 10 -11, 1918 and Denver Post Nov. 8, 1917 - World War I headlinesAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Lyman Brown oversize contents - Winners of the West (monthly publication by Indian War Veterans,  issues from 1932 - 1934)Add to your cart.
Item 4: Cody Enterprise, April 23, 1959 - Special edition celebrating Whitney Gallery OpeningAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Song of the Pioneers ; John Nutall, Composed for Buffalo Bill's Wild WestAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Oversize contents taken from BB Centennial Binder / ScrapbookAdd to your cart.

Cody Enterprise Souvenir Editions

Billings Gazette clippings

Irma celebration advertisements.

Box MCDrawer35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Documents - Cody Stampede Ball Poster - 6th Annual, 1920sAdd to your cart.
2 copies - poor condition

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