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History 498: Buffalo Bill & The Wild West

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Useful Search Terms

When searching for books in a library catalog, do a subject search for these subject headings to find materials on these topics.

Buffalo Bill & Wild West Shows:

  • Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917.
  • Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
  • Wild west shows History.


  • Indians of North America (can be used generally for all North American Indians)
  • Indians of North America West (U.S.) History 19th century.
  • Indians of North America Great Plains History.  (specifically for the Plains Indians)
  • Indians of North America Great Plains Social life and customs.
  • Indians of North America Wars West (U.S.)

Frontier Life & U.S. Expansion:

  • Frontier and pioneer life West (U.S.)
  • West (U.S.) History 19th century.
  • United States Territorial expansion.
  • West (U.S.) History, Military 19th century.
  • United States. Army History 19th century.

Pop Culture:

  • Popular culture United States History 19th century.
  • Indians in popular culture United States.


For tips on how to find biographies, see the Biographies tab in this guide.

Reference Books

*The American Indian and the United States: A Documentary History.  Wilcomb Washburn.  New York: Random House, 1973.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E93 .W27.

  • Vol.1: A documentary history
  • Vol. 2: Indian Commissioner reports (1826-1963)
  • Vol. 3: Senate debates on civil versus military control of Indian affairs (1866-1970), Acts, ordinances & proclamations (1763-1968), Indian treaties (17788-1868).
  • Vol. 4: Indian treaties (17788-1868) continued, Legal decisions (1778-1868)

Atlas of the North American Indian.  Carl Waldman & Molly Braun.  New York: Facts on File, 1985.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E77 .W195 1985.

Biographical and Historical Index of American Indians and Persons Involved in Indian Affairs.     Eugenia Langford; Anita S Tilden; United States. Dept. of the Interior. Library.; United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Library.  Boston: G.K. Hall, 1966.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E77 .U5.

Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Great Plains.  Loretta Fowler.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.  JFK Upper Level Book Stacks   E78 .G73 F69 2003 (2 copies)

Dictionary of American History.  Stanley Kutler.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E174 .D52 2003.

*Encyclopedia of American Historical Documents.  Susan C Rosenfeld.  New York: Facts On File, 2004.  JFK Main Level Reference (Non-Circulating)   E173 .E54 2004.

Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars, 1492-1890.  Jerry Keenan.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1997.  JFK Main Level Reference (Non-Circulating)   E81 .K44 1997.

Encyclopedia of North American Indians.  Frederick E. Hoxie, editor.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)    E76.2 .E53 1996.  Online access also available via NetLibrary.

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century.  Paul Finkelman.  New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)    E169.1 .E626 200.

Encyclopedia of World Cultures.  Encyclopedia of world cultures.  David Levinson.  Boston, MA.: G.K. Hall, 1991-1996.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-Circulating)   GN307 .E53 1991.  Also available online through the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Gale Encyclopedia of Native American tribes.  Sharon Malinowski.  Detroit: Gale, 1998.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E77 .G15 1998.

*Handbook of North American Indians.  William Sturtevant.  Washington: Smithsonian Institution: U.S. G.P.O., 1978-2008.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E77 .H25.

The series is divided by geography, so see volume 13 for the Plains Indians.  Each volume is then breaks it down by individual tribes.

*Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the primary sources that shaped America.  Paul Finkelman & Bruce Lesh.  Dallas, Tx: Schlager Group, 2008.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E173 .M62 2008.

Oxford Companion to the United States.  Paul Boyer and Melvyn Dubofsky.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
JFK Main Level Reference (non-Circulating)   E174 .O94 2001.

*Statistical Record of Native North Americans.  Marlita Reddy.  Detroit: Gale, 1993.  JFK Main Level Reference (non-circulating)   E98.P76 S73 1993.

Contains valuable population & demographic information of various tribes by various historical time periods.