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Collection Adirondack Museum Library
Title Ned Buntline collection, 1838-1967
Catalog Number 2014.061
Other number MS 14-01
Object Name Manuscript Collection
Creator Buntline, Ned, 1822 or 1823-1866
Date 1838-1967
Scope & Content Ned Buntline, born Edward Zane Carroll Judson, was best known for his dime novels of western adventure stories. The collection contains numerous original publications of Buntline's stories from 1838-1909, writings and publications about Buntline, Buffalo Bill Cody letters, obituaries and other miscellany.

The bulk of the Buntline collection consists of original publications of Buntline's stories from 1838-1909. These include his dime novels, publications in Buntline's Own, New York Mercury, and the New York Weekly as well as some of the first stories he published in the Knickerbocker.

Letters written by Buntline, including a diary from 1862 during his stay at Eagle Nest and his correspondence with Buffalo Bill Cody are highlights. The collection also contains writings and publications about Buntline, obituaries and other miscellany that include photographs, his Civil War muster roll, etc.
Admin/Biographical History Edward Zane Carroll Judson, born in Harpersville, N.Y., in 1822 or 1823, was best known by his pseudonym, Ned Buntline; under the Buntline guise, he began a career as a publisher and author of hundreds of dime novels.

Buntline's father, Lewis Carroll Judson, moved the family to Pennsylvania in 1828 and as a lawyer, sought for Buntline to continue in the same career path. In an act of defiance, Buntline left home and bordered a Navy ship, an experience he would later attribute to his writing name-sake, "Buntline." By 1844, Judson had served in the Seminole Wars in Florida and traveled in the West. It was during this period he adopted his pen name, "Ned Buntline" and began producing fiction under his pseudonym.

Buntline had been active since 1938, writing adventure stories for the Knickerbocker, but by the mid-1840's he started his own magazine, aptly titled, Buntline's Own. This period of Buntline's young life was marred by a series of misadventures. After a series of incidents in Ohio and Kentucky, one skirmish with locals that almost led to Buntline's lynching, and a stint in jail for his contributions to the Astor Place Riots in New York City in 1849, Buntline began to show signs of dedication to his craft and the emerging dime novel phenomenon of the time, producing an unprecedented number of published stories though the 1940's and 50's.

Buntline became a founding member of the Know Nothing Party in St. Louis during the 1850's and after an election riot returned to New York State. Buntline's fondness for fishing and hunting brought him to the Adirondack Mountains region where he purchased Eagle's Nest on Eagle Lake in Hamilton County in 1857. Buntline remained at Eagle's Nest the next five years, raised a family and wrote numerous novels.

In 1862, Buntline joined the Civil War, but was discharged for public drunkenness. His popularity as an author had made him a celebrity in his time.
His dime novels and adventurous stories included: The Mysteries and Miseries of New York (1848); Ned Buntline's Life Yarn (1848); Stella Delorme, or The Comanche's Dream (1860); Red Ralph: The Ranger (1870); and Buffalo Bill's First Trial; or Will Cody, the Pony Express Rider (1888).

Buntline sold Eagle's Nest in 1867 and returned to the place of his birth, Stamford, N.Y., where he lived out his last days. Ned Buntline died on July 16, 1886.
System of arrangement The collection is loosely grouped by material type.
Finding Aids Available at repository.
People Buntline, Ned, 1822 or 1823-1886;
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917;
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Search Terms Authors;
Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917;
Buntline, Ned, 1822 or 1823-1886;
Correspondence;
Diaries;
Dime novels;
Eagle Lake (N.Y.);
Fiction;
Hamilton County (N.Y.)--History;
Periodicals;
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