This thematic research collection is an interpretive work of scholarship that presents some new research in addition to converting the previous scholarship into forms better suited to the digital medium. Some of these elements include audio annotations by Bonner of most of the artists and their visual work that Cody supported and an interactive gallery that enhances both the interpretation and searchability of the artwork and the authors's arguments via clickable tags based on artist, medium, and year. Also included is a gallery talk presented by Dr. Bonner at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Unless otherwise indicated, all images are used with permission from the collections of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. A condensed version of this work, with fewer images, appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Montana; The Magazine of Western History, under the title, "'Not an imaginary picture altogether, but parts;' The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody."


Robert E. Bonner, Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of History and the Liberal Arts, Emeritus at Carleton is an historian of Wyoming and the American West. He received a B.A. degree in History and American Studies from the University of Wyoming, from which he was recognized as the Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences in 2008, an M.A. from the University of Oregon in European history, and his Ph.D. in English history at the University of Minnesota. Raised in Powell, Wyoming, Bonner began teaching at Carleton in 1967, and retired in 2001.

Bonner has written three books and six journal articles dealing with the history of Wyoming. His 2007 book, William F. Cody's Wyoming Empire; the Buffalo Bill Nobody Knows, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, was awarded top honors by the Wyoming State Historical Society in 2008; it was also a finalist for the 2008 Spur award in historical non-fiction from the Western Writers of America and for the 2008 award in biography from the Society of Midland Authors. He was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, the University’s highest award, from his alma mater, the University of Wyoming, during that institution’s commencement on May 7, 2011. Bonner also serves on the Consultative Board for The Papers of William F. Cody project at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY.

Work on this project is funded by the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation Inc. through the Papers of William F. Cody at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY. This award funded the time and expertise of Rebecca Wingo, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts at Macalester College, to work closely with Douglas Seefeldt, Sr. Digital Editor of The Papers of William F. Cody, to build the digital project.

Recommended citation:

Bonner, Robert E. and Rebecca Wingo. "The Artistic Legacy of Buffalo Bill Cody." Cody Studies, edited by Douglas Seefeldt. Cody, WY: The Papers of William F. Cody, 2016. http://codystudies.org/bonner/