Monographs

The William F. Cody Series on the History and Culture of the American West, in association with The Papers of William F. Cody, fosters new work examining the regional, national, and international reach of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his broad impact on an emergent mass culture. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, this series emphasizes scholarly monographs exploring the development of the American West and its representation in Wild West exhibitions and other forms of popular entertainment. Series editors seek works examining the Buffalo Bill phenomenon as well as the related movements that shaped and popularized the frontier in American national consciousness.

Series Editors:
Frank Christianson – Brigham Young University
Jeremy M. Johnston – Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Douglas Seefeldt – Ball State University

Each volume in the series is accompanied by a digital component that  features relevant primary sources from The William F. Cody Archive, annotations, and other multimedia content.

Sagala book jacketSandra K. Sagala, Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen: The Films of William F. Cody. The William F. Cody Series on the History and Culture of the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013).

For more than thirty years, William F. Buffalo Bill Cody entertained audiences across the United States and Europe with his Wild West show. Scores of books have been written about Cody’s fabled career as a showman, but his involvement in the film industry–following the dissolution of his traveling show–is less well known. In Buffalo Bill on the Silver Screen, Sandra K. Sagala chronicles the fascinating story of Cody’s venture into filmmaking during the early cinema period.