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CHA-268738

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Michael Brown (Project Director: May 2019 to present)
Environmental Controls and Security Upgrades to Protect the Collections of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Renovations that would improve environmental conditions and security systems at the center’s five museums, including roof repairs at two of the facilities.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, is applying to the NEH Division of Preservation and Access for an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant to install new security systems; replace an aging steam boiler with atomizer humidifiers, install a new chiller and cooling tower; retrofit air handlers in exhibition and storage areas; install building management systems to ensure environmental conditions that are the best for the collections are maintained; and replace aging roof systems to ensure collections protection. Some of this work will be in structures that are more than 50 years old. The five-year cost of the highest-priority projects is $2,047,000. With this application, we are asking for $500,000 to be used over the five years. Trustees and staff are committed to raising the $1.5 million match as well as the additional funds needed to complete the projects outlined.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Native American Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants


Grant period:
5/1/2020 – 4/30/2025


PF-255660-17

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Philip Anthony (Project Director: December 2016 to February 2020)
Cody Firearms Museum: Sustainable Infrastructure Improvements

An implementation project to upgrade environmental controls and improve fire and security systems at the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association’s Cody Firearms Museum, which houses a collection of 7,000 firearms and more than 20,000 related objects chronicling the development of firearms from 1425 to the present.  The collection would be stored and then reinstalled after the museum undergoes a complete renovation.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West will improve collections care and infrastructure in the 45,000 square-foot Cody Firearms Museum (CFM). The CFM holds more than 7,000 firearms, the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world and the only firearms museum that has earned American Alliance of Museums accreditation. Planning is underway for a complete reinstallation of the CFM, which will interpret the story of firearms as a continuous narrative about people, ingenuity, and artistry. While the reinstallation process is underway, and CFM objects have been moved to safe temporary storage, engineers will connect CFM galleries to the Central Plant at the Center of the West, eliminating outdated boilers and providing clean, efficient atomizer humidification in the CFM. The project will also eliminate deficiencies in the fire and security systems of the CFM.

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Project fields:
History, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + match):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 9/30/2019


RQ-249753-16

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Mary Robinson (Project Director: December 2015 to July 2017)
Jeremy M. Johnston (Project Director: July 2017 to present)
From Prairie to Palace: Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Europe

Preparation for publication of materials related to the tours of Spain and Italy by Buffalo Bill's Wild West show in 1887-1906. See website at http://www.codyarchive.org.

The Papers of William F. Cody (The Papers) at Buffalo Bill Center of the West collects, edits, and publishes material from the period of William F. Cody's birth to well beyond his death, in print and in an online, open-access, digital edition. The material is published on The William F. Cody Archive and is available at no cost to an international audience of all interest levels. This project will expand the digital scholarly edition to include material associated with Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Spain, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The Papers staff will organize the materials around the transition of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West from its original incarnation as a frontier exhibition to the cosmopolitan pageant that would be its hallmark on both continents until the European tour closed in 1906.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + match):
$299,756 (approved)
$299,756 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2019


RQ-50695-13

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Mary Robinson (Project Director: December 2012 to June 2016)
The Papers of William F. Cody: Buffalo Bill's Wild West and the European Frontier

Preparation for publication of materials related to the tours by Buffalo Bill's Wild West show of Great Britain and Germany in 1887-1906. (36 months)

The Papers of William F. Cody (The Papers) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center collects, edits, and publishes material from the period of William F. Cody's birth to well beyond his death, in print and in an online, open-access, digital edition. The material is published on The William F. Cody Archive (Cody Archive) and is available at no cost to an international audience of all interest levels. This project will expand the digital scholarly edition to include material associated with Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Britain and Germany. The Wild West's time in Britain and Germany takes on significance in a broader context of political, economic, and cultural change throughout the Atlantic world and provides a unique view of how Americans understood themselves and Europeans in an increasingly globalized age.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2015


GE-50542-12

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Emma I. Hansen (Project Director: August 2011 to November 2014)
Enduring Legacies of the Great Plains: The Paul Dyck Collection

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, and programs on Plains Indian cultures as documented in a collection of materials from the pre-reservation and early reservation periods.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center will present "Enduring Legacies of the Great Plains: The Paul Dyck Collection," a national touring exhibition, catalogue, and accompanying interpretive educational materials and programming that focuses on the arts, cultures, and lives of Native people of the Plains as revealed through the Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection. This collection has long been considered by scholars of Native American art to be one of the most comprehensive privately held assemblages of pre-reservation and early reservation arts and related historical materials documenting the lives and cultures of the Native people of the Great Plains. Planning for the exhibition will involve consultation with a team consisting of humanities scholars, an educator, an exhibition designer, Plains Indian Museum Advisory Board members, and Museum staff. This team will create, develop, evaluate, and refine all aspects of the exhibition, catalogue, and programming.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,000 (approved)
$36,071 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2012 – 7/31/2014


RQ-50440-11

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
D. Kurt Graham (Project Director: November 2009 to June 2010)
Jeremy M. Johnston (Project Director: June 2010 to July 2013)
The Papers of William F. Cody - A Digital Edition

Preparation of a thematic, illustrated digital edition of the papers of Buffalo Bill Cody, a symbol of the American West in the popular imagination. (24 months)

At the dawn of the age of celebrity in the late nineteenth century, the public persona that William F. Cody created in his thirty years as head of the touring show, Buffalo Bill's Wild West, was central to a durable and vivid mythic vision of the vanishing American frontier. In the American public imagination, William F. Cody had become to many the embodiment of American promise and American virtue. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center will develop a digital edition of The Papers of William F. Cody containing material gathered from multiple repositories and organized into three thematic modules. The goal of The Papers of William F. Cody is to collect, edit, and publish online an open-access, keyword-searchable, digital edition that covers the period from William F. Cody's birth in 1846 to his death in 1917.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + match):
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 6/30/2012


GM-50213-04

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Juti A. Winchester (Project Director: September 2003 to February 2005)
Buffalo Bill Museum Reinterpretation and Reinstallation

Consultation with scholars, educators, and an historic building specialist to reinterpret the Buffalo Bill portion of the Center and to present Buffalo Bill as both a product of the West and a shaper of its image in popular consciousness.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2004 – 10/31/2004


PA-23596-00

Buffalo Bill Museum (Golden, CO 80401)
Carey I. Southwell (Project Director: April 2000 to February 2001)
Preservation Assessment

A preservation assessment of works on paper and the purchase of storage furniture for the collection.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$3,900 (approved)
$3,900 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2000 – 11/30/2000


GM-25936-99

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
B. B. Price (Project Director: February 1999 to December 2000)
Plains Indian Museum Reinterpretation

Reinterpretation of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$177,060 (approved)
$177,060 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1999 – 8/31/2000


GM-25536-96

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Peter H. Hassrick (Project Director: June 1995 to April 1999)
Powerful Images, Persistent Voices: Portrayals of Indian America

To support a traveling exhibition, catalog, and educational programs developed by the Museums West consortium to examine the evolution of popular images of American Indians from 1820 to the present.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$175,000 (approved)
$175,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1996 – 12/31/1998


PH-20568-93

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Paul Brock (Project Director: November 1992 to March 1999)
Environmental, Security and Storage Upgrades for Preservation of Material Culture Collections

To support the improvement of environmental conditions, security, fire detection, lighting, and storage for the preservation of the center's collections, which focus on the history and art of the American West.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
National Heritage Preservation Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$544,000 (approved)
$544,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1993 – 12/31/1997


GM-25033-93

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Peter H. Hassrick (Project Director: December 1992 to March 1995)
A Museums West Collaborative Exhibition on Images of the American Indian

To support collaborative planning by the Museums West consortium for a traveling exhibition that will explore the changing understanding of American Indians in 19th- and 20th-century art and popular culture.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$50,970 (approved)
$50,970 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1993 – 11/30/1994


GM-24008-89

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
George P. Horse Capture (Project Director: December 1988 to April 1991)
Lest We Forget: Historical Perspectives on the Battle of Wounded Knee

To support planning for an exhibition and catalogue on the Battle of Wounded Knee and the significance of the Ghost Dance in American Indian history.

Project fields:
Anthropology

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$25,000 (approved)
$25,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1989 – 12/31/1990


CH-20119-88

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Herbert G. Houze (Project Director: May 1987 to September 1990)
Challenge Grant

To support the construction of a new wing to house the Winchester Arms Museum.

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Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Totals (matching):
$500,000 (offered)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1986 – 7/31/1991


GM-*1447-78

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (Cody, WY 82414-3428)
Richard Rattenbury (Project Director: May 1978 to October 1990)
Interpretive Installation of Winchester Museum Firearms Collection in Perm. Gallery

No project description available

Project fields:
Unknown

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$82,760 (approved)
$82,760 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1978 – 6/1/1980