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Crockett in Context Collection

Identifier: MS-3825

  • Staff Only

This collection includes a variety of research materials, published materials, and ephemera collected by Michael Lofaro pertaining to Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and many other frontier and pioneer heroes. The material dates from the mid-18th century through the 21st century with the bulk of the material dating from the mid-19th century through the 20th century.

The collection is divided into three series based on type of material: Research Materials, Published Materials, and Ephemera. Within each series, the material is arranged by topic. The arrangement of the material is based on the creator's organization. Series I: Research Materials includes information about Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Pre-1800 Frontier. The materials include notes, photocopies, annotated index cards, photos, and proofs. Research materials pertaining to Lofaro's ‘Davy Crockett’s Rip-roarious Shemales’ is also within this series. Series II: Published Materials includes published information on Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, the Alamo, Buffalo Bill, the Frontier, and pre-17th through 20th century history. The types of materials within this series are primarily books, comics, magazines, story papers, and dime novels. Series III: Ephemera includes a wide variety of ephemera pertaining to Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, William Byrd II, Kit Carson, and others. Glasses, posters, postcards, hats, shirts, buttons, DVDs, VHSs, trading cards, dolls, action figures, and coloring books are some of the ephemera included in this series.


  • 1728-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1830 - 2010


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


50.75 Linear Feet (50 record boxes, 3 flat boxes)


This collection includes a variety of research materials, published materials, and ephemera collected by Michael Lofaro pertaining to Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and other frontier heroes from the mid-18 century through the 21st century.

Biographical/Historical Note

David ‘Davy’ Crockett (1786 Aug 17 – 1836 March 6) was a 19th century folk hero, soldier, frontiersman, and politician. Crockett is commonly referred to as the “King of the Wild Frontier”. He was born in Limestone, Greene County, Tennessee and died in the Alamo mission in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Daniel Boone (1734 Nov 2 – 1820 Sept 26) was an American pioneer, explorer, frontiersman, and one of the first U.S. folk heroes. Boone was born in Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania and died in Defiance, St. Charles County, Missouri.

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846 Feb 26 – 1917 Jan 10) was a bison hunter, showman, and American scout. He was born in Le Claire, Scott County, Iowa and died Denver, Denver County, Colorado.


This collection is organized first by type of material and then by subject based on the original order arranged by the creator. It is housed within 50 full boxes and three flat boxes.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA