Harold McCracken

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Harold McCracken (1894-1983) was an American author, Alaskan grizzly bear hunter, biplane stunt photographer, cinematographer, producer and museum director. He was a noted explorer, who led an expedition in the 1920s tracing the possibility of a long-ago land bridge between Siberia and Alaska.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center[edit]

McCracken, who was then living on Warwick Avenue in Douglaston, New York and completing a book on artist George Catlin, was persuaded to transform an empty building donated by Gertrude Vanderbilt-Whitney in 1959 into the spectacular Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. "I wouldn't undertake it again for all the tea in China," he said, "but I was always interested in challenges. I had friends in New York art galleries and I knew a lot of collectors because of my interest in western art." He was subsequently honored with the McCracken Research Library, dedicated in 1980. New library facilities were then opened to the public in 1994. McCracken retired from the Buffalo Bill Museum in 1974, and continued to live with his family, within sight of the historical center, until his death in 1983.[1]

Works[edit]

  • The American Cowboy (1973) Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
  • The Beast That Walks Like Man: The Story of the Grizzly Bear. (1955) Garden City, NY: Hanover House.
  • Beyond the Frozen Frontier. (1936) NY: Robert Speller Publishing Corp.
  • The Biggest Bear on Earth. (1943) Philadelphia and New York: Frederick A. Stokes Co.
  • The Buffalo Bill Story: A Brief Account. (n.d.) Cody, Wyo.: Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
  • Caribou Traveler. (1949) Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.
  • The Charles M. Russell Book: The Life and Work of the Cowboy Artist. (1957) Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
  • The Flaming Bear. (1951) Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  • The Frank Tenney Johnson Book: A Master Painter of the Old West. (1974) Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
  • Frank Tenney Johnson Western Paintings. (1974) Dallas, Tex.: The Exchange Bank and Trust Co.
  • Frederic Remington. (1971) NY: Graham Galleries.
  • Frederic Remington, Artist of the Old West (1947) Introduction by James Chillman, Jr. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co.
  • The Frederic Remington Book: A Pictorial History of the West. (1966) Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
  • Frederic Remington Memorial Collection.(1954) NY: Knoedler Galleries.
  • The Frederic Remington Studio Collection. NY: Gallery Press.
  • George Catlin and the Old Frontier.(1959) NY: Dial Press.
  • The Great White Buffalo. (1946) NY and Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co.
  • A Heritage of the Blackfeet. (1972) Cody, Wyo.: Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
  • Hoof, Claws and Antlers: the Story of American Big-Game Animals. Illustrated by Lee J. Ames. (1958) Garden City, NY: Garden City Books.
  • Hunters of the Stormy Sea. (1957)Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co.
  • Iglaome: The Lone Hunter. (1930) NY: The Century Co.
  • The Mummy Cave Project in Northwestern Wyoming. (1978) Cody, Wyo.: Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
  • Nicolai Fechin. (1961) NY: Hammer Galleries.
  • Pirate of the North. (1953) Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  • Portrait of the Old West: With a Biographical Check List of Western Artists. (1952) Foreword by R.W.G. Vail. NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Roughnecks and Gentlemen. (1968) Garden City, NY: Doubleday. (McCracken's Autobiography).
  • Sentinel of the Snow Peaks. (1978) Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott.
  • Toughy. (1948) Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co.
  • Trapping: The Craft and Science of Catching Fur-Bearing Animals. (1947) Illustrated by Howard L. Hastings. NY: A.S. Barnes.
  • Winning of the West. (1955) Garden City, NY: Garden City Books.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Henry-Mead, Jean (2003) Westerners; Candid and Historic Interviews. Evansville: Medallion Books. ISBN 1-931415-05-6, 1-931415-06-4