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Finding aid of the The Samuel Franklin Cody Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Samuel Franklin Cody Papers
    Dates: 1888-1903
    Bulk Dates: 1890-1905
    Collection number: 96.159
    Creator: Cody, S. F. (Samuel Franklin), 1861-1913
    Collection Size: 15 linear feet
    Repository: Autry National Center. Institute for the Study of the American West
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Abstract: Posters, clippings, scripts, programs, photographs, lettersheets, sheet music and documents relating to the career of Texan, Samuel Franklin Cody, as a Wild West showman, sharpshooter, actor, playwright, horseman and aviator in Great Britain and Western Europe.
    Physical location: Autry Library
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://www.autrynationalcenter.org/research_application.php or contact library staff at (323) 667-2000.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Library, Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item identification] Samuel Franklin Cody Papers, 96.159. Autry Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase from Sotheby's, 1996.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sharon Johnson, 1998.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Turn of the century American cowboy, Wild West show performer, playwright, actor and aviation pioneer in England and Europe.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Posters, clippings, scripts, programs, photographs, lettersheets, sheet music and documents relating to the career of Texan, Samuel Franklin Cody, as a Wild West showman, sharpshooter, actor, playwright, horseman and aviator in Great Britain and Western Europe. The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to the production and advertisement of Mr. Cody's Western melodrama, "The Klondyke Nugget," inspired by his trip to the Klondyke in the 1880s. Included are 7 colored posters (1900-1903), manuscripts for the complete five act play, two sketch versions and individual scripts for various parts; directions for lighting and props, clippings and reviews; and sheet music for various instruments. Other melodramas written by Mr. Cody around the turn of the century are represented by manuscripts for "Calamity Jane" with a Klondyke setting, "Nevada," and "Viva, a Woman of War" set in Cuba. Mr. Cody and his family also toured Great Britain and Western Europe, performing a sharp shooting act and conducting horseman versus cyclist races. Clippings, posters, tickets, and programs (1891-1903), approximately half of which are in French, Italian or German, indicate the wide popular appeal of Cody and his family. A scrapbook of clippings, the majority in French, chronicle Cody's horseman versus cycling racing tournaments of 1893, challenging prominent French cyclists. Four colored posters feature Cody in ca. 1895, racing against one or more cyclists. Reviving a lifelong interest in 1903, Cody turned his energy to designing and building man-carrying kites for reconnaissance by the British Navy. He also designed, built and flew airplanes in the early days of aviation. This phase of his life, which eventually led to his death, is represented by a poster, airplane drawings, clippings, and his patent for improvements in kites.

    Arrangement

    Organized into the following series: I. Plays; II. Racing tournaments; III. Shooting acts; IV. Kites and airplanes; V. Books; VI. Correspondence; VII. Diary; VIII. Music; IX.Photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Cody, S.F. (Samuel Franklin), 1861-1913.
    Cody, Lela.
    Cody family.
    Calamity Jane (Play) Nevada (Play) Viva, a Woman of War (Play) The Klondyke Nugget (Play)
    Wild West shows.
    Shooters of firearms.
    Trick riding.
    Endurance riding (Horsemanship)
    Kites (military and naval reconnaissance)--History--Great Britain.
    Airplanes--History--Great Britain.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Advertisements.
    Letters.
    Photographs.
    Clippings.
    Programs.
    Scores.
    Posters.
    Scrapbooks.
    Sheet music.

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