Clarence W. Rowley papers relating to Buffalo Bill and John L. Sullivan, 1878-1941 (bulk 1910-1920).


Rowley, Clarence W. Clarence W. Rowley papers relating to Buffalo Bill and John L. Sullivan, 1878-1941 (bulk 1910-1920).

Clarence W. Rowley papers relating to Buffalo Bill and John L. Sullivan, 1878-1941 (bulk 1910-1920).

Correspondence, photographs, printed material and other papers relating to Rowley and his relationships with Buffalo Bill and John L. Sullivan. Rowley's correspondence includes letters and telegrams concerning the development of property in Arizona, the dissolution of the Dyer-Cody Arizona Mining and Milling Company following a financial scandal in 1911, and the subsequent incorporation of the High Jinks Gold Mining Company to recoup losses. Correspondence between Cody and Rowley details their friendship and investment partnership. Also includes a small set of letters written to William B. Gale of the Boston law firm Gale & Gale, dated 1878 to 1882, from various legal figures; correspondence related to John L. Sullivan's death in 1918; and correspondence concerning Buffalo Bill's posthumous reputation, including letters between Rowley and General Charles King, who served with Cody in the Indian Wars, recollecting Buffalo Bill's campaign experiences. In a letter dated 1930 Jan 3, Gordon "Pawnee Bill" Lillie tells Rowley about the establishment of Pawnee, Oklahoma, his western entertainment venture. There is also a letter to Rowley from John L. Sullivan shortly before Sullivan's death in 1917. Photographs include formal portraits of Clarence Rowley, as well as photographs of Rowley mining, traveling, at home and with friends. Hundreds of photographs relate to Rowley's trips West and to Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show. Candid and staged photographs, several captioned and autographed in Buffalo Bill's own hand, include portraits with his wife Louisa, photos of the TE Ranch, and snapshots of a tour of Camp Bliss with General Hugh L. Scott in 1914. Photographs relating to John L. Sullivan date from 1882 to 1910. Most are publicity shots picturing Sullivan in boxing poses, in the ring, or with other famous athletes. Includes a series of photos taken in 1910 at the James Jeffries vs. Jack Johnson fight in Reno, Nevada. Many of the other photographs picture Sullivan as an older man on his farm in Massachusetts. There is also a set of photographs documenting a meeting between Buffalo Bill and Sullivan in 1908. Clarence Rowley's personal papers include eleven diaries from 1909 to 1919. The diaries contain brief daily notes on business and personal matters such as court dates, social functions, the births of Rowley's children, and Rowley's travels, including a 1911 trip with Cody. Rowley's business papers include incorporation documents, by-laws, minutes and other papers of the High Jinks Gold Mining Company; stock certificates, shareholder resolutions, and reports of the Montezuma Silver Mine Company; and a description of the John L. Sullivan Motion Picture Company. Remaining Buffalo Bill and John L. Sullivan material is arranged in subject files, and includes printed material, clippings, speeches, and writings related to the two men. Buffalo Bill material includes a folio of six chromolithograph prints titled The Indian: Buffalo Bill's Art Studies with Portraits of Himself. Other papers include a Henry Ward Beecher autograph, a report on the Campo Bonito and Southern Belle Mining and Milling Company by F.E. Fielding, and a printed prospectus for the Cripple Creek Consolidated Mining and Milling Company.

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