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    W. F. "Doc" Carver: A Unique and Important Archive. Although renowned as a marksman, Doc Carver is equally remembered as the purveyor of a unique "diving horse" show. The archive consists of: (1) Original 1897 contract with H. Walke of Chicago, who had originally conceived the diving horse show, to deliver to "Dr. W.F. Carver, Champion Shot of the World" two diving horses and the necessary props and equipment to put on a performance; (2) Carver's typed retained copy of a furious two-page letter to the Omaha World-Herald, reacting to and seeking to refute the paper's editorial denouncing Carver's show as cruelty to animals; (3) A letter from the Iowa Humane Society to Carver assuring him that they had investigated the treatment of his horses and found it to be humane. "In fact", they wrote, "the horses seemed to be as interested in the exhibition as you were"; and (4) A 6.25" x 10.25" original photo of Carver, believed to be with his niece who was the best known rider of his diving horses in the show.

    A great grouping for anyone with a serious interest in the career of one of the most important Wild West showmen.


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