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Pawnee Bill, 1860-1942



  • Existence: 1860-02-14 - 1942-02-03

Gordon William Lillie, known professionally as Pawnee Bill, was an American showman and performer who specialized in Wild West shows and was known for his short partnership with William "Buffalo" Bill Cody.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Chief Bird Head, Undated

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 8
Identifier: 1975.006.3.Pawnee.003
Scope and Contents A man on mounted on a hourse, both facing right. The horse stands in the middle of a road with a picket fence behind it.
Dates: Undated

Gordon W. Lillie Papers, approximately 1886-1931

Identifier: MC-1954-127
Scope and Contents A notice (probably 1886 or 1887) written on the letterhead of "Pawnee Bill's Oklahoma Colonization Company" is directed to "city and county papers" telling them that 2500 to 5000 people are ready to come into Oklahoma, but have been frightened by false reports that soldiers are waiting to keep them out. A letter to 'Friend Engles" says he considers Dr. Carver the "greatest all around shot that America ever produced."
Dates: approximately 1886-1931

Joseph T. McCaddon collection of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill papers, 1881-1919

Identifier: 1979-005
Scope and Contents Consists of business correspondence, documents, and photographs relating to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Included in the collection are documents relating to Pawnee Bill's (Gordon W. Lillie) Old Town and Great Far East Show, a proposed radio program, "The Last of the Frontier Scouts," and photographs.
Dates: 1881 - 1919


Identifier: 2006.012.12
Scope and Contents From the Item: An artificial collection that consists of materials pertaining to Oklahoma and Oklahomans in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and is not part of any other collection.The Oklahoma Collection subsumes the old Oklahoma Ephemera, Oklahoma Historical Photos and Docs and Oklahoma Maps collections. Ephemera was a remnant of the McFarlin Reference Department's vertical files, the larger portion having been sent to the Tulsa City-County Library, which was kept during the late 1940s through...
Dates: 1864 - 1991