Originally Photo lot 74-19, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. This bibliographic record copied from NAA's Horizon record 2943. Unfortunately, the NAA catalog record is still posted in this database.
L. F. Foster was a wild west showman, a "rough and fancy rider, rope and revolver expert."
The albums contain clippings, bills, photographs, and other material relating to cowboys, cowgirls, and Wild West shows. Some of the material, particularly the photographs, concern Fosterʹs career, but most of the items concern western shows and rodeos in general, including those of Buffalo Bill Cody, Pawnee Bill, and the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. Many other individual showmen, including American Indians, are also represented. There is an indication in the albums that Foster was an amateur photographer of a certain skill and some of the photographs may have been made by him. It is not clear whether he assembled the album himself or whether it was the work of relatives.