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Guide to the
David G. and Karen D. Chapman Collection of
Photographs of "Famous People of the Old West"
circa 1872-1910
 PR 375

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 22, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The David G. and Karen D. Chapman Collection of Photographs of "Famous People of the Old West" contains 66 tintypes, 4 cartes-de-visite, and 3 cabinet photographs, none of which bear markings or notations to reveal their subjects, but which the donors have identified as the following historical lawmen, outlaws, notable figures, and women who took part in the often violent settlement of the American Old West during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These identifications have not been confirmed.

• Charlie Bassett
• William Milton "Billy" Breakenridge (1846–1931)
• Timothy Isaiah Courtright, a.k.a. "Jim Courtright," "Longhair Jim," "Big Jim Courtright" (1848–1887)
• Lawrence Edward Deger (1845–1924)
• Virgil Walter Earp (1843–1905)
• Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (1848–1929)
• "Turkey Creek" Jack Johnson [John Blunt?] (1852–1887)
• Chris Madsen [Christen Madsen Rørmose] (1851–1944)
• Bartholemew William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853–1921)
• Edward John "Ed" Masterson (1852–1878)
• Michael Francis "Frank" McClain (1854–1902)
• Mike Meagher (1843–1881)
• Robert H. "Bob" Paul (1831–1901)
• Allan Pinkerton (1819–1884)
• John Henry Selman (1839–1896)
• Thomas James "Bear River" Smith (1830–1870)
• Dallas Stoudenmire (1845–1882)
• Henry Andrew "Heck" Thomas (1850–1912)
• Ben Thompson (1843–1884)
• William Matthew "Bill" Tilghman Jr. (1854–1924)

• William "Curly Bill" Brocius (1845–1882)
• Abraham G. Graham, a.k.a. "Shotgun John Collins" (1851–1922)
• Robert Newton Ford (1862–1892)
• John Wesley Hardin (1853–1895)
• Alexander Franklin "Frank" James (1843–1915)
• Jesse Woodson James (1847–1882)
• William Preston "Wild Bill" Longley (1851–1878)
• Luke L. Short (1854–1893)
• Frank C. Stilwell (1856–1882)
• John Wilson "Texas Jack" or "Shoot-Your-Eye-Out" Vermillion (1842–1911)

 Notable figures
• Chalkley Beeson (1855–1912)
• William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846–1917)
• James Cooksey Earp (1841–1926)
• Morgan Seth Earp (1851–1882)
• John Escapule (1856–1926)
• Camillus "Buck" Sydney Fly [C.S. Fly] (1849–1901)
• William H. Harris (1845–1895)
• James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (1837–1876)
• Benjamin J. Hodges (1880–1920?)
• John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851–1887)
• John Baker "Texas Jack" Omohundro (1846–1880)
• Charles H. "Colorado Charlie" Utter (circa 1838–1912)

• Ellen "Nellie" Cashman (1845–1925)
• Celia Ann "Mattie" Blaylock [Earp] (1850–1888)
• Josephine Sarah "Sadie" (Marcus) Earp (1861–1944)
• Urilla (Sutherland) Earp (1850–1870)


The collection is housed in a single, flat box. Images 1 through 70, and 72–73 (called "items" in the container list, below) are stored in protective sheets in a three-ring binder. These images are affixed to their respective pages and may not be removed from the binder. Image 71, which is oversize, is protected by a foamcore enclosure and laid at the bottom of the box. Titles in the container list are copied from those given by the donors' inventory in Folder 1; in some cases these vary slightly from the identification stickers on the image sleeves, which occasionally expand a subject's name or supply fuller details. When available, the archivist has provided the accepted versions of each subject's name, plus his or her life dates, in a note following each item in the container list.