Birmingham City Council

Buffalo Bill Collection

The American showman Buffalo Bill brought his Wild West Show to Birmingham in 1900.

Buffalo Bill's real name was William F.Cody. Born in Iowa in 1846, his early life as a scout and hunter helped form the myth of the American west.

His Wild West Show was conceived in the 1880s and used cowboys, Native Americans and animals to present a stylised version of life in the west. The Show had previously come to England for Queen Victoria's 1887 Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The collection has five prints recording the remarkable parade along New Street. Subjects include Cossacks, Mexicans and Native Americans.

The photographs can be seen in Archives and Heritage on Floor 6 of Birmingham Central Library.

For further details: Tel 0121 303 4549 or
Central Library Photographic Collections