Guide to the John I. White papers,
1889-1994

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: White, John I. (John Irwin), 1902-
Title: John I. White papers
Dates: 1889-1994 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 36 Boxes (20.5 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 201
Summary: Contains correspondence, research files, and artifacts. Includes correspondence related to songs and song makers of the American West
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

John I. White (1902-1992) was a writer, singer of cowboy songs, radio personality, and map draftsman. His singing career culminated when he played his guitar and sang as "The Lonesome Cowboy" on the NBC radio drama "Death Valley Days" sponsored by Twenty-Mule-Team Borax from 1929-1936. He maintained a lifelong interest in cowboy songs and the American West, researching and writing articles and two books on this and other topics.

Content Description

Contains correspondence, research files, and artifacts. Includes correspondence related to songs and song makers of the American West; significant correspondents include such as Will C. Barnes, Badger Clark, Gail Gardner, Romaine Lowdermilk, Dominick J. O'Malley, Powder River Jack Lee, Austin Fife, and many other cowboy songwriters, singers, and scholars. Also includes fan mail written to White who sang as "The Lonesome Cowboy" for the "Death Valley Days" radio show in the 1930s. Research files contain research notes, ideas for articles and plays, drafts of articles, original scripts, and related correspondence. Artifacts include White's guitar and the cowboy hat given to him by cowboy poet Dominick J. O'Malley.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the John I. White papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation:John I. White papers, MSS 201, Box #. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:COLL MSS 201, USUSC.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent; research arranged alphabetically in order that John I. White placed them.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated in 1992 by his widow, Augusta Postles White, and two children, Jennifer White Fischer and Jonathan Postles White.

Processing Note :  

Processed by USU Special Collections & Archives

Related Materials :  

John I. White photograph collection; Also located at Utah State University, Merrill Library, Special Collections and ArchivesP0037


Detailed Description of the Collection

A-C, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
1
Folder
1 Adams, Andy 1934
2 Babb, John - John I. White gives notice to NBC 1930 June 30
3 Barnes, W.C. 1889-1930
4 Barnes, W.C. 1889-1930
5 Barnes, W.C. 1889-1930
6 Barnes, W.C. - concerning "Portrait for a Western Album" published in American West March/April 1979 1979
7 Barnes, W.C. - articles by John I. White about Barnes 1889-1994
8 Barnes, W.C. - articles about Barnes 1889-1994
9 Barnes, W.C. - articles and notes about Barnes 1889-1994
10 Barnes, W.C. - articles and notes about Barnes 1889-1994
11 Boyd, Joe Dan 1889-1994
12 Boyd, Joe Dan - articles 1889-1994
13 Bond, Johnny 1889-1994
14 Brininstool, E.A. 1889-1994
15 Buehler, Richard E. - managing editor for Abstracts of Folklore Studies 1968 February-March
16 Cannon, Hal 1889-1994
17 Chittenden, William Lawrence 1889-1994
18 Cheetham, Everett 1889-1994
19 Clark, Badger 1889-1994
20 Clark, Badger 1889-1994
21 Clark, Badger 1889-1994
22 Clark, Badger 1889-1994
23 Clark, Badger - files 1889-1994
24 Clark, Badger - Border Affair 1889-1994
25 Clark, Badger - music to Border Affair 1889-1994
26 Clark, Badger - The Glory Trail 1889-1994
27 Clark, Badger - Badger Clark Ballads 1889-1994
28 Clark, Badger - Arizona Highways article 1969 February
29 Clark, Badger - Biographical Material 1889-1994
30 Cohen, Norm 1889-1994
31 Coolidge, Dane - concerning "Zebra Dun" 1889-1994
32 Critchlow, R.R. - relations with Lomax and Fife 1889-1994

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D-F, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
2
Folder
1 Daniel, Harlan 1964-1966
2 Daniel, Harlan 1967-1968
3 Daniel, Harlan 1970-1989
4 Dobie, J. Frank - single letter 1934 February 26
5 Dobie, J. Frank - articles by and about Dobie 1889-1994
6 Fan mail addressed to John I. White's radio personality, the "Lonesome Cowboy" 1930-1939
7 Fan Mail (Lonesome Cowboy) 1930-1939
8 Fan Mail (Lonesome Cowboy) 1930-1939
9 Fan Mail (Lonesome Cowboy) 1930-1939
10 Fan Mail (Lonesome Cowboy) 1930-1939
11 Fife, Austin 1980-1989
12 Fife, Austin 1970-1979
13 Fife, Austin 1960-1969
14 Fife, Austin - articles by Austin Fife 1889-1994
15 Fletcher, Tex 1967-1971
16 Foster, Jesse May to Newell Hart 1982 November 2

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G, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
3
Folder
1 Gardner, Gail 1930-1939
2 Gardner, Gail 1960-1969
3 Gardner, Gail 1970-1979
4 Gardner, Gail 1980-1989
5 Gardner, Gail - Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only 1930-1989
6 Gardner, Gail - Arizona Republicarticles on Gardner 1967
7 Gardner, Gail - articles and poems by 1930-1989
8 Gardner, Gail - articles about 1930-1989
9 Gardner, Gail - "Tying knots in the devil's tail" or "The Sierry Petes" 1930-1989
10 Gentry, Dr. E. Linnell 1973-1976
11 Gillespie, Angus 1980-1989
12 Gordon, Robert W. 1889-1994
13 Gray, Harry J. 1983
14 Gressley, Gene 1960-1969
15 Gressley, Gene 1970-1979
16 Gressley, Gene 1980-1989
17 Griffith, Jim - University of Arizona 1980-1989
18 Green, Archie - University of Illinois 1960-1979

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H-K, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
4
Folder
1 Haden, Walter - University of Tennessee at Martin 1969-1974
2 Halpert, Herbert 1968-1970
3 Hanson, Joseph Mills 1933-1934
4 Hanson, Joseph Mills - correspondence with Mrs. Hanson 1965-1970
5 Hanson, Joseph Mills - correspondence with editors about publishing an article 1889-1994
6 Hanson, Joseph Mills 1889-1994
7 Hanson, Joseph Mills 1889-1994
8 Hanson, Joseph Mills - "A Ballad in Search of an Author" 1889-1994
9 Hanson, Joseph Mills - "Last Day with the Dogies" 1889-1994
10 Hanson, Joseph Mills - "Maverick Cowboy Songs" 1889-1994
11 Hanson, Joseph Mills - "Railroad Corral" 1889-1994
12 Hanson, Joseph Mills - Railroad Corral" 1889-1994
13 Hanson, Joseph Mills - World War I and military material 1889-1994
14 Haviland Publishing Co. concerning the Lonesome Cowboy Songbook 1932-1933
15 Hennessey, Paul 1860-1994
16 Hickerson, Joseph - head of Archive of Folksong at the Library of Congress 1966-1978
17 Ives, Charles 1889-1994
18 Keller, Shirley 1988
19 KiLarr, Stanley - lost songs detective 1973-1974
20 Korn, Michael 1985-1989
21 Korn, Michael 1984-1985

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L-Lowdermilk, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
5
Folder
1 Lair, John W. 1966-1978
2 Lawless, Ray 1965-1969
3 Laws, Malcolm 1965-1970
4 Lee, Katie 1968-1972
5 Lee, Katie 1973-1975
6 Lee, Katie 1976-1986
7 Lee, Powder River Jack 1934
8 Lodgson, Guy 1976-1988
9 Lomax, Alan 1935
10 Lomax, John A. 1934-1937
11 Lowdermilk, Romaine 1930-1939
12 Lowdermilk, Romaine 1964-1967
13 Lowdermilk, Romaine 1968-1969
14 Lowdermilk, Romaine 1970-1979
15 Lowdermilk, Romaine - files and prints of "Big Corral" from songbooks and discography 1889-1994
16 Lowdermilk, Romaine - "Big Corral" article 1889-1994
17 Lowdermilk, Romaine - rough draft of "Big Corral" article for The Instructor 1889-1994
18 Lowdermilk, Romaine - "Big Corral" article in Arizona Republic 1889-1994
19 Lowdermilk, Romaine - "Big Corral" 1889-1994
20 Lowdermilk, Romaine - "Great Grandad" 1889-1994
21 Lowdermilk, Romaine - "He Put Great Grandad on the Map" - concerning the article 1889-1994
22 Lowdermilk, Romaine - "He Put Great Grandad on the Map" - published AFF Word 1889-1994
23 Lowdermilk, Romaine - drafts of "He Put Great Grandad on the Map" 1889-1994
24 Lowdermilk, Romaine - copies of the published song "Great Grandad" 1889-1994
25 Lowdermilk, Romaine - notes on the "Great Grandad" article 1889-1994
26 Lowdermilk, Romaine - Yarapai Magazine 1928 June

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Lumpkin-O'Malley, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
6
Folder
1 Lumpkin, Ben Gray 1966-1968
2 Lumpkin, Ben Gray 1967-1969
3 Lumpkin, Ben Gray 1969-1972
4 Lumpkin, Ben Gray - publications 1889-1994
5 Mare, Frank 1988
6 Michener, James A. 1976
7 O'Malley, D.J. 1932
8 O'Malley, D.J. 1933
9 O'Malley, D.J. 1934 January-March
10 O'Malley, D.J. 1934 April-May
11 O'Malley, D.J. 1934 June-December
12 O'Malley, D.J. 1935 January-March
13 O'Malley, D.J. 1936
14 O'Malley, D.J. 1935 April-December
15 O'Malley, D.J. 1937-1938
16 O'Malley, D.J. 1889-1994
17 O'Malley, D.J. 1968-1971
18 O'Malley, Alicia and Margaret 1972-1975
19 O'Malley, Alicia and Margaret 1977-1978
20 O'Malley, Alicia and Margaret 1979-1982
21 O'Malley, Alicia 1984-1985
22 O'Malley, Alicia 1984-1985
23 O'Malley, D.J. - proposed item for the 75th Anniversary of of D-2 Horse Wrangler for the Denver Post 1889-1994
24 O'Malley, D.J. - photo caption for Montana magazine article on O'Malley 1889-1994
25 O'Malley, D.J. - captions sent to Mrs. Paladin for O'Malley article in Montana magazine 1889-1994
26 O'Malley, D.J. - material for Montana magazine 1889-1994
27 O'Malley, D.J. - draft of footnotes for Montana magazine article 1889-1994
28 O'Malley, D.J. - drafts for Montana magazine article 1889-1994

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Lumpkin-O'Malley, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
6a
Folder
1 O'Malley, D.J. - John I. White correspondence with the editor of the Miles City Star 1967-1969
2 O'Malley, D.J. - John I. White correspondence with Vivian A. Paladin, editor of Montana 1967
3 O'Malley, D.J. - John I. White correspondence with various people - used in Montana article - (Laura E. Root, William Tracy Page, Charles Marshall, Miles City Star, Jack McCausland, Roberta Cheney, Frank M. Jacobs) 1934-1970
4 O'Malley, D.J. - Poems 1934
5 O'Malley, D.J. - notes on his poems 1934
6 O'Malley, D.J. - xerox copies of correspondence between O'Malley and J.B. Moore 1935-1938
7 O'Malley, D.J. - xerox copies of correspondence between O'Malley and Mrs. D. Shy 1935-1938
8 O'Malley, D.J. - "An Eyewitness account of the early days in rip-roaring Miles City was given by D.J. O'Malley in one of his newspaper articles written in the mid-1930's" 1935
9 O'Malley, D.J. - John I. White's notes for articles 1960-1989

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O'Malley, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
7
Folder
1 O'Malley, D.J. - "D.J. O'Malley Cowboy Poet" by D.J. O'Malley and John I. White 1889-1994
2 O'Malley, D.J. - two early drafts for an A.F.S Journal article by John I. White 1889-1994
3 O'Malley, D.J. - concerning A.F.S. article on O'Malley 1889-1994
4 O'Malley, D.J. - final draft for A.F.S. article entitled "A Montana Cowboy Poet" 1889-1994
5 O'Malley, D.J. - "A Montana Cowboy Poet" - children's version published in Highlights for Children 1974
6 O'Malley, D.J. - O'Malley's article about Indian removal 1889-1994
7 O'Malley, D.J. - O'Malley's article for American West 1889-1994
8 O'Malley, D.J. - articles written by O'Malley 1889-1994
9 O'Malley, D.J. - "After the Roundup" 1889-1994
10 O'Malley, D.J. - "A Busted Cowboy's Christmas" editorial work on converting Montana magazine article into chapter of book 1889-1994
11 O'Malley, D.J. - "Moving Day for the Second" by D.J. O'Malley 1889-1994
12 O'Malley, D.J. - "Montana Cowboy Dominick J. O'Malley" by John I. White 1889-1994
13 O'Malley, D.J. - "A Cowboy Poet" by John I. White 1889-1994
14 O'Malley, D.J. - newspapers sent to John I. White by D.J. O'Malley 1889-1994
15 O'Malley, D.J. - newspapers sent to John I. White by D.J. O'Malley 1889-1994
16 O'Malley, D.J. - newspapers sent to John I. White by D.J. O'Malley 1889-1994
17 O'Malley, D.J. - newspapers sent to John I. White by D.J. O'Malley 1889-1994

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Owen - Turner, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
8
Folder
1 Owen, John R. 1967-1968
2 Owen, John R. 1967-1970
3 Owen, John R. 1971-1976
4 Owen, John R. 1977-1984
5 Reese, Justin 1889-1994
6 Reese, Lowell Otus 1933-1934
7 Russell, Tony 1973-1974
8 Scheips, Paul J. 1979-1984
9 Scheips, Paul J. - "Will Croft Barnes A Westerner of Parts" 1979-1984
10 Shelly, Jim - concerning a 1979 article on John I. White 1979
11 Simon, Bill 1968-1970
12 Simon, Bill 1976
13 Sprague, Carl - miscellaneous correspondence and Sprague's biography written by John I. White 1960-1980
14 Sprague, Carl 1968-1969
15 Sprague, Carl 1970-1973
16 Sprague, Carl 1974-1977
17 Sprague, Carl 1980
18 Tinsley, Jim Bob 1956-1983
19 Toborg, Dick 1972-1982
20 Turner, Nevada Slim (Dallas) - correspondence and Western Gospel Roundup 1973

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University of Illinois - Words and Music, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
9
Folder
1 University of Illinois Press 1976
2 University of Illinois Press 1975
3 University of Illinois Press 1974
4 University of Illinois Press 1973
5 University of Illinois Press 1969-1972
6 U.S. Information Agency 1975-1977
7 Vogel, Jerry - transfer of rights - The Lonesome Cowboy Songs of the Plains and Hills to Jerry Vogel 1934-1936
8 Vogel, Jerry 1966-1968
9 Vogel, Jerry 1969-1974
10 Vogel, Jerry 1978-1980
11 Weize, Richard 1972-1975
12 West, John - editor of The American Folklore Newsletter 1977-1979
13 West, John - reprint from Western Folklore "Jack Thorp and John Lomax: Oral or Written Transmission" 1967 April
14 Winkelman, Don - editor of Abstracts of Folklore Studies 1964-1967 June-September
15 Woodman, Ruth 1934-1970
16 Words and Music 1968-1988
17 Miscellaneous 1889-1994

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Concerning Old Songs, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
10
Folder
1 Adams, Ramon F. 1966 and 1970
2 B 1889-1994
3 Barthelmess, Casey 1969
4 Billington, Ray A. - Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery 1969-1970
5 Botkin, B.A. 1965-1974
6 Clark, Kenneth 1934
7 Comber, Chris 1974
8 Coteau, Gene - "The Night Hawks Lullaby" ©1934 1934
9 Cox, John A. 1934
10 Cunningham, Eugene 1934
11 Cunningham, Keith 1972-1973
12 Dorson, Richard 1974
13 E - G 1968-1974
14 Granger's Index to Poetry 1974 and 1977
15 Forrest, Earle A. 1934-1935
16 Fuld, James J. 1968-1973
17 Gaines, Newton Texas Christian University 1934
18 German, George B. - reporter WNAX-570 Sioux Falls 1966-1973
19 Hadfield, Jim 1974
20 Haywood, Charles - Queens College 1973
21 Hoeptner, Fred 1968-1972
22 Hunter, Marvin 1933-1934
23 Jackson, W.H. 1936
24 Jarrett, Merrick 1969-1970
25 L 1967-1969
26 Lingenfelter, Richard E. - University of California 1968-1969
27 M 1889-1994
28 Makara, Steve 1973-1975
29 McCutcheon, Dick - songs sent to John I. White 1932
30 Myran, Ole H. 1968-1969
31 O-P 1889-1994
32 R 1889-1994
33 Randolph, Vance 1934-1939
34 Russell, Don 1970-1971
35 Sackett, S.J. 1967-1969
36 Sandburg, Carl 1934-1936
37 Shellans, Herbert 1968-1974
38 Sires, Ina 1967-1974
39 Tobitt, Janet E. 1966
40 Tucker, Steve 1975
41 Tye, Otis 1934-1935
42 V 1889-1994
43 W-Z 1889-1994

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Files on Old Songs, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
11
Folder
1 Sheet music written out by John I. White 1889-1994
2 "Baldy Green" - Ed Stiles, author 1933
3 "Banks of Sacramento" 1889-1994
4 "Bell Brandon" 1889-1994
5 "The Bold Vaquero" 1889-1994
6 "Buffalo Skinners" - with clipping of poem 1887
7 "Bury Me Not" or "Lone Prairie" - early newspaper clippings 1889-1994
8 Miscellaneous B 1889-1994
9 C 1889-1994
10 "Cowboy's Lament" 1860/1994
11 D 1889-1994
12 G 1889-1994
13 "God Bless America" 1889-1994
14 F 1889-1994
15 H 1889-1994
16 "Happy Miner" 1889-1994
17 "He's the Man for Me" 1889-1994
18 I 1889-1994
19 J 1889-1994
20 "Jingle Bells" 1889-1994
21 L 1889-1994
22 "Last Roundup" 1889-1994
23 "Lorena" 1889-1994
24 M 1889-1994
25 "Molly O Molly" 1889-1994
26 O 1889-1994
27 "Oh My Pretty Quadroon" 1889-1994
28 P 1889-1994
29 R 1889-1994
30 S 1889-1994
31 T 1889-1994
32 "Take Me Back to Old Montana" 1889-1994
33 U 1889-1994
34 V 1889-1994
35 W 1889-1994
36 "Wreck of Old 97" 1889-1994
37 Y 1889-1994

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Subject Files - A, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
12
Folder
1 "A Day on the Cowtrail" 1889-1994
2 "Acres of Clams" - Ivar Haglund placemat 1889-1994
3 African-Americans in the West - research 1889-1994
4 Alaska - "Wires in the Wilderness" - research, correspondence, and text published in Westworld 1979 June
5 Allen, Jules 1889-1994
6 American Vignettes - Dr. Jackson (First Transcontinental Motorist) 1889-1994
7 Artists and Writers of the West 1889-1994
8 Audio Project - proposed tapes for schools - text and correspondence 1889-1994
9 Audio Project - "Texas Longhorns Pointed North" - text, reference, dates, and correspondence 1889-1994
10 Audio Project - research for "Close Call for the Buffalo" tape 1889-1994
11 Audio Project - "Last Day with the Longhorns" - tape, text, and research 1889-1994
12 Audio Project - "Homesweet Homestead" - tape, text, and correspondence 1889-1994
13 Audio Project - tape ideas 1889-1994
14 Automobile Collection (Harrah) - "Wall to Wall Automobiles" 1889-1994

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Subject Files - B, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
13
Folder
1 "Baby Makes Three?" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
2 "Bachelor's Dream" article 1889-1994
3 "Backfire" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
4 Barbed Wire research 1889-1994
5 Biographical Material on John I. White 1889-1994
6 Biographical Material on John I. White - graduating class 1889-1994
7 Biographical Material on John I. White - wedding 1930 October 4
8 Biographical Material - on John I. White - University of Maryland Glee Club 1923
9 "Bivouac of the Dead" - music by John I. White 1889-1994
10 "Blood on the Saddle" 1889-1994
11 :Bounty Jumper" - encapsulated 1889-1994
12 "Brevity is the Soul of Wit" and "On Keeping it Short" - text and research 1889-1994
13 Buffalo, wolf, cayote, and burro research 1889-1994
14 Buffalo, bison, and beefalo research 1889-1994
15 Buffalo - "Return from Oblivion" and "It was Inevitable" - text and correspondence 1889-1994
16 "Busted Cowboy's Christmas" - text and correspondence 1889-1994

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Subject Files - C, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
14
Folder
1 Calendar - Exxon - "That Amazing Contrivance The Calendar" 1981
2 Calendar - Exxon - "Rivers of America" 1982
3 Calendar - "A Birthday for Our Calendar" 1889-1994
4 Cattle Breeding 1889-1994
5 Chatham Journal and New Vernon News - 4 600 word pieces 1889-1994
6 Chatham, New Jersey - Creative Chathams - newspaper clippings 1889-1994
7 Chisolm Trail paper delivered to American Fork Society 1976
8 Chisolm Trail - "A Song of Cowboy Life" 1889-1994
9 "Chisolm Trail" - song 1889-1994
10 Cowboy - Song Reprints 1889-1994
11 Cowboy - Singing to the Herd 1889-1994
12 Cowboy - Llibrary of Congress: The American Cowboy exhibit 1889-1994
13 Cowboy - "Marvels of the New West" by William Thayer - Chapter on cowboys and stockraising 1889
14 Cowboy - general information and research 1889-1994
15 Cowboy - hall of fame 1889-1994
16 Cowboy - newspaper clippings and articles 1889-1994
17 Cowboy - obituaries 1889-1994
18 Cowboy - personal notes 1889-1994
19 "Miss Cunningham's Shadow" - correspondence, research, and text 1889-1994

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Subject Files - D, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
15
Folder
1 Dalhart, Vernon 1889-1994
2 Dalhart, Vernon 1889-1994
3 Deals with the Devil 1889-1994
4 Death Valley Days - Pacific Coast Borax Co. booklet 1931
5 Death Valley Days - Pacific Coast Borax Co. booklet 1931
6 Death Valley Days - Pacific Coast Borax Co. "Better Ways to Wash & Clean" pamphlet 1889-1994
7 Death Valley Days - Hauling 20 mule team Borax puzzle - Pacific Coast Borax Co. 1933
8 Death Valley Days - tourist pamphlet 1931
9 Death Valley Tales as told by the Old Ranger 1934
10 Old Ranger's Yarns of Death Valley 1930-1939
11 Old Ranger's Yarns of Death Valley 1930-1939
12 Old Ranger's Yarns of Death Valley 1930-1939
13 Death Valley Days - script - "The World's Biggest Job" 1935 April 11
14 Death Valley Days - script - "The World's Biggest Job" 1935 April 11
15 Death Valley Days - 2nd-6th series 1889-1994
16 Death Valley Days - picture sheet 1889-1994
17 Death Valley Days - NBC Artist Passes 1889-1994
18 Death Valley Days - NBC Studio Notes 1933
19 Death Valley Days - Lonesome Cowboy newspaper clippings 1889-1994
20 Death Valley Days - ads for The Lonesome Cowboy songs of the Plains and Hills 1889-1994
21 Dogies - origins of the term 1889-1994
22 Duryea, Frank - Thanksgiving Day race 1889-1994

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Subject Files - F, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
16
Folder
1 Fillers: 80-150 words 1889-1994
2 Fletcher, Curly 1889-1994
3 Fletcher, Tex 1889-1994
4 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - Elko 1993
5 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - Elko 1994
6 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - Middletown Folk Festival 1973
7 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - National Folk Festival 1966 May
8 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - club dates for singing performances 1889-1994
9 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - University of Illinois 1965-1966
10 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - "An Evening of Western Song with J.I.W" 1889-1994
11 Folk Festivals/Cowboy Poetry Gatherings - Wickenburg Cowboy Poetry Gathering 1990
12 Folk Music - Singers research 1889-1994
13 Folk Music - Singers research 1889-1994
14 Fort Apache - "Adventures at Ft. Apache" - correspondence and research 1889-1994
15 Fort Apache - Maps 1889-1994
16 Fort Stevens - Washington D.C. 1889-1994
17 Fort Stevens - newspaper clippings 1889-1994
18 Fort Stevens 1889-1994

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Subject Files - G, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
17
Folder
1 General Drafting Co. 1889-1994
2 "Giant's Glen" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
3 "Grass of Uncle Sam" - correspondence about 1889-1994
4 "Grass of Uncle Sam" - articles, notes, and words to 1889-1994
5 Grasshopper Plows 1889-1994
6 "Great Grandma" - articles about 1889-1994
7 "Great Grandma" - publication of the song 1889-1994
8 "Great Grandma" - correspondence and article 1889-1994
9 "Green Chiffon" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
10 Guion, David 1889-1994

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Subject Files - H-J, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
18
Folder
1 Hall, Myra - article "Cowboy Ballads" published in Kansas Historical Quarterly 1939 February
2 Hall, Sharlot M. - "Songs of the Old Cattle Trails," "Old Range Days," and "New in Arizona" from Outwest 1908 March
3 "He Rode for Independence" - article about Caesar Rodney 1889-1994
4 "A Hero Returns" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
5 "High Jinks in the Rockies" - article about John T. O'Keefe 1889-1994
6 "Home on the Range" - (words 1876) and "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play" - by John I. White 1889-1994
7 "Home on the Range" - The Story of Home on the Range pamphlet by Kirke Mecham 1889-1994
8 "Home on the Range" - Trailing a Ballad Frontier Times 1935 April
9 "Home on the Range" - controversy-correspondence 1889-1994
10 "Home on the Range" - controversy-correspondence 1889-1994
11 "Home on the Range" - correspondence regarding article by John I. White 1889-1994
12 "Home on the Range" - correspondence 1889-1994
13 "Home on the Range" - diary/notes of visit with Jerry Vogel 1889-1994
14 "Home on the Range" - research notes 1889-1994
15 "Home on the Range" - research notes 1889-1994
16 Homesteading-Timber Act 1889-1994
17 Homestead research 1889-1994
18 Homestead - "Home Sweet Homestead" and "Little Sod Shanty on the Plain" - correspondence and text 1889-1994
19 Homestead - "Home Sweet Homestead" by Daniel Freeman 1889-1994
20 Homestead - "When Land was Free in the West" 1889-1994
21 "I Want to be a Cowboy" - parody on "I Want to be an Angel" 1889-1994
22 Inventions in the West 1889-1994
23 "Jackpot" - play by John I. White - Univac Picks Horses newspaper clippings 1959
24 "Jackpot" - play by John I. White - Univac Picks Horses newspaper clippings 1959

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Subject Files - K-Longhorns, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
19
Folder
1 Kiskaddon, Bruce - "The Brandin' Corral" and "Pullin' Bog" 1889-1994
2 Language of the West 1889-1994
3 "Last Day with the Dogies" - correspondence and text 1889-1994
4 Last Great Roundup 1889-1994
5 Leadbelly - newspaper clippings about his marriage and refrain to "Whoa Back Buda" sung by Leadbelly 1935 January 4
6 Leutze, Emanuel - note cards for paintings 1889-1994
7 Leutze, Emanuel - notes on paintings and correspondence 1889-1994
8 "Liberty Bells Galore" 1889-1994
9 Longhorn - "Return of the Fabulous Texas Longhorn" 1889-1994
10 Longhorn - "Return of the Fabulous Texas Longhorn" - published in Highlights for Children - correspondence 1974 November
11 Longhorn - "Report on a Rescue" - correspondence and text - published in American Heritage 1972
12 Longhorn - "The Longhorns Saved the Day" 1889-1994
13 Longhorn - "The Texas Longhorns Make a Comeback" - correspondence 1889-1994
14 Longhorn - "The Texas Longhorns Make a Comeback" - research and text 1889-1994
15 Longhorn - correspondence on longhorns 1889-1994
16 Longhorn - Trail Herding File 1889-1994

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Subject Files - M, 1860-1994
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Description
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box
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1 "The Martians Are Coming" 1889-1994
2 Master Copies of John I. White articles - "A Cowboy Poet" (about D.J. O'Malley) 1889-1994
3 Master Copy - "And That's How a Folksong was Born" (about Romaine Lowdermilk) 1889-1994
4 Master Copy - "Assist for a Fallen Hero" (about Mark Twain) 1889-1994
5 Master Copy - "Will C. Barnes also a Song Plugger" 1889-1994
6 Master Copy - "A Busted Cowboy's Christmas" 1889-1994
7 Master Copy - "Badger Clark" 1889-1994
8 Master Copy - "The Ford-Seldon Patent Squabble" 1889-1994
9 Master Copy - "The Father of the Automobile" 1889-1994
10 Master Copy - "Gail Gardner-Cowboy Poet Lariat" 1889-1994
11 Master Copy - "Great Grandad the Story of a Song" 1889-1994
12 Master Copy - "Great Grandma" 1889-1994
13 Master Copy - "Happiness was an Eight Sided House" 1889-1994
14 Master Copy - "Home on the Range Controversy Settled" 1889-1994
15 Master Copy - "Move Slow Dogies" 1889-1994
16 Master Copy - Notes and Queries 1889-1994
17 Master Copy - "Red Carpet for a Romanov" 1889-1994
18 Master Copy - "Return of the Fabulous Texas Longhorn" 1889-1994
19 Master Copy - "The Strange Career of the Strawberry Roan" 1889-1994
20 Master Copy - "That Zenith of Architecture - The Soddy" 1889-1994
21 Master Copy - "The Ups and Downs of the Zipper" 1889-1994
22 Master Copy - "The Virginian" 1889-1994
23 Master Copy - "Owen Wister and the Dogies" 1889-1994
24 Master Copy - "Zebra Dun" 1889-1994
25 Master Copy - List of Published Magazine Articles 1889-1994
26 Military History - Indian Wars 1889-1994
27 Miscellaneous - Western Pamphlets 1889-1994
28 Miscellaneous - Old Songs 1889-1994
29 Miscellaneous - stories by John I. White 1889-1994
30 Murray, Arthur - "It Takes Two to Tango" - newspaper clippings on dance fraud 1889-1994

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Subject Files - Octagon House, 1860-1994
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Description
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21
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1 Octagon House - reference material 1889-1994
2 Octagon House - reference material 1889-1994
3 Octagon House - pamphlets and brochures 1889-1994
4 Octagon House - photos
Photos have been removed to create the Jon I. White photograph collection (P0037)
1889-1994
5 Octagon House - correspondence 1889-1994
6 Octagon House - Michigan 1889-1994
7 Octagon House - New England 1889-1994
8 Octagon House - "Happiness was an Eight Sided House" - correspondence and text published in Pen 1973 April
9 Octagon Houses - Connecticut - published in Yankee - "Happiness was an Eight Sided House" 1973 >November
10 Octagon Houses - Connecticut - published in Yankee - "Happiness was an Eight Sided House" 1973 November
11 Octagon House - "Happiness was a House with Eight Sides" - children's version - correspndence and text 1889-1994
12 Octagon House - "Living in an Octagon" - for textbook 1889-1994

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Subject Files - O-P, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
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22
Folder
1 Ostrich farming in the U.S. 1889-1994
2 Ostrich farming in the U.S. - Cawston Ostrich Farm 1889-1994
3 Ostrich farming in the U.S. - reference material - John I. White text 1889-1994
4 Ostrich farming in the U.S. - reference material - John I. White text 1889-1994
5 Ostrich farming in the U.S. - reference material - John I. White text 1889-1994
6 Ostrich farming in the U.S. - reference material - John I. White text 1889-1994
7 New Jersey Corral of Westerners - correspondence and newsletters 1889-1994
8 "No More Sleep" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
9 "Pages from a Nebraska Album" - text and correspondence 1889-1994
10 "Oh Come Along Boys and Listen to my Tale" - suggested book 1889-1994
11 "Oh Come Along Boys and Listen to my Tale" - suggested book 1889-1994
12 Permissions 1889-1994
13 Presidents 1889-1994
14 "Pushbutton Parking" - Parking Towers - research information and text 1889-1994
15 "Get Yourself a Pretzel Factory" - idea for an article 1970 September 21

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Subject Files - R, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
23
Folder
1 "The Railroad Corral" - published in Cobblestone 1982 June
2 "Red Carpet for a Romanov" - published in The American West - correspondence, research, and text 1972 January
3 Requests for Photographs 1889-1994
4 "Rhyme on the Ranges" - John I. White reprinted from America Speech 1927 July
5 Rodeo 1889-1994
6 Rogers, James Grafton 1889-1994
7 "Royal Gorge" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
8 "Royal Gorge" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
9 "Russia's Floating Saucers" - The State - text, correspondence, and research 1979 September
10 Russel, Charles M. 1889-1994
11 Russel, Charles M. - newspaper clippings 1889-1994

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Subject Files - Sod Houses, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
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box
24
Folder
1 Sod Houses - correspondence 1889-1994
2 Sod Houses - correspondence 1889-1994
3 Sod Houses - reference material 1889-1994
4 Sod Houses - "How Prairie Pioneers Built their Houses" 1889-1994
5 Sod Houses - "Sod Houses on the Prairie" 1889-1994
6 Sod Houses - "The Windows Have No Glass" and "The Little Sod Shanty on the Plain" - correspondence and text 1889-1994
7 Sod Houses - "And the Windows Have No Glass" - American History Illustrated 1986 January
8 Sod Houses - "Little Old Sod Shanty" - notes on the song 1889-1994
9 Sod Houses - "Little Old Sod Shanty" 1889-1994
10 Sod Houses - "The Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim" - information on the song 1889-1994
11 Sod Houses - "Happiness was a Sod House" 1889-1994
12 Sod Houses - "When Happiness was a Sod House" - correspondence and text 1889-1994
13 Sod Houses - "When Happiness was a Sod House" - George White Soddy captions 1889-1994
14 Sod Houses - "When Happiness was a Soddy" 1889-1994
15 Sod Houses - "Sod House in America" 1889-1994
16 Sod Houses - Sod House in Canada - research and writings 1889-1994
17 Sod Houses - Rammed Earth Houses 1889-1994
18 Sod Houses - "Prairie Schoolhouse" - correspondence and text published in NRTA Journal 1971 January/February
19 Sod Houses - Sod Schoolhouses 1889-1994
20 Sod Houses - J.C. Cram soddy 1889-1994
21 Sod Houses - Harry Chrisman - correspondence about sod houses 1889-1994
22 Sod Houses - "On the Lone Prairie" - Chrisman Girls 1889-1994
23 Sod Houses - "On the Lone Prairie" and "American Girls: Prairie Style" - correspondence and text 1889-1994
24 Sod Houses - "American Girl" - correspondence with Scott Foresman Co. 1889-1994
25 Sod Houses - Two Story Sod House Built by Isidore Haumont 1889-1994
26 Sod Houses - "The Sod House on the Prairie" - children's book 1889-1994
27 Sod Houses - "The Sod House on the Prairie" - illustrative material 1889-1994
28 Sod Houses - "The Sod House on the Prairie" - John I. White's sketches 1889-1994
29 Sod Houses - Sod House Illustrations 1889-1994

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Subject Files - S-U, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
25
Folder
1 "She was Beautiful" - play by John I. White 1889-1994
2 Sheet Music: Cowboy Songs - Red River Valley, Old Paint, Home on the Range, The Tenderfoot, Greer County, and Lane County Bachelor 1889-1994
3 "Shoeing a Broncho" - submitted to The American West 1977
4 Sidelights on American History - book project correspondence 1889-1994
5 "Singin' to 'Em" 1889-1994
6 Skits 1889-1994
7 Songs of Open Spaces - book layout 1889-1994
8 Songs of Open Spaces - finished manuscript 1889-1994
9 Songs of Open Spaces - raw song material 1889-1994
10 Songs of Open Spaces - material ready for typing 1889-1994
11 Spanish Prisoner Racket 1889-1994
12 Sprague, Carl T. 1985 November
13 Standard Time - "It's About Time" - Presbyterian Survey 1889-1994
14 Standard Time - "A Hitch in Time" - research 1889-1994
15 Stanley, Clark 1889-1994
16 Steamboats - "Steam Comes to Ol' Man River" 1889-1994
17 Stephens, Harry 1889-1994
18 Thanksgiving - "Gobblers in Double Jeopardy" 1889-1994
19 Thorp, N. Howard (Jack) 1889-1994
20 "Three Centuries on the Bottom" - It Really Happened Believe Me! 1889-1994
21 Twain, Mark - correspondence about photos 1889-1994
22 Twain, Mark - "Assist for a Fallen Hero" - correspondence and text 1889-1994
23 "Two Famous Songs of the Southwest" - The Strawberry Roan and Zebra Dun 1889-1994
24 "Two Pioneer Collectors" - Lomax and Thorp 1889-1994
25 University of Illinois Press publications 1889-1994

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Subject Files - W, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
26
Folder
1 Washington D.C. - plans and history 1889-1994
2 Washington, George - "The First President Tours the South" 1889-1994
3 Washington, George - "George Washington and the Calendar" - Old Farmer's Almanac - text and correspondence 1889-1994
4 Washington, George - G.W. Once Changed it Himself" - Grain Producers News 1978 September
5 Washington, George - "The First President Takes a Trip" - Highlights for Children - correspondence, maps, and text 1889-1994
6 Western History Association 1889-1994
7 Western Files - miscellaneous - "Where Did Those Cowboy Songs Come From" - article Before 1936
8 Western Photographs, correspondence, and captions 1889-1994
9 Western Towns Looking for a Past - articles 1889-1994
10 Where to find more songs, records, and books 1889-1994
11 Where to find more songs, records, and books 1889-1994
12 Wells Fargo and Pony Express - research 1889-1994
13 "Who Said It?" - research on quotes and text 1889-1994
14 "Whoopee Ti Yi Yo" - article 1889-1994
15 "Whoopee Ti Yi Yo" - correspondence and notes 1889-1994
16 "Whoopee Ti Yi Yo" - Owen Wister and the Dogies 1889-1994
17 Wild Horses - research 1889-1994
18 Winchester - "Song of the Winchester" 1889-1994
19 Women in Politics - "Gentlemen Move Over" - research, text, and correspondence 1889-1994
20 Women in Politics - "Uncles Sam's Daughters in Politics" 1889-1994

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Subject Files - Wister, Owen, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
27
Folder
1 Wister, Owen - "Owen Wister, Song Writer" 1889-1994
2 Wister, Owen - "Owen Wister, Song Writer" 1889-1994
3 Wister, Owen - "Git Along Little Dogies" - Owen Wister and the Dogies 1889-1994
4 Wister, Owen - correspondence - Owen Wister to John I. White 1934
5 Wister, Owen - correspondence with Mrs. Stokes (Fanny Kemble Wister) 1889-1994
6 Wister, Owen - Stage version of The Virginian 1889-1994
7 Wister, Owen - The Top Ten bestsellers of 1902 and what happened to them 1902
8 Wister, Owen - Underwoods Deviled Ham ad 1889-1994
9 Wister, Owen - "When You Call me that Smile!" - correspondence between John I. White and John S. Mayfield 1966-1969
10 Wister, Owen - Owen Wister Humorist 1889-1994
11 Wister, Owen - Owen Wister Humorist 1889-1994
12 Wister, Owen - The American West - "The Virginian" 1970 September
13 Wister, Owen - "The Virginian" - Montana 1966 October
14 Wister, Owen - N. Orwin Rush data 1889-1994
15 Wister, Owen - Owen Wister - by Richard W. Etulain - Western Writers Series #7 - Boise State 1973

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Subject Files - Z, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
28
Folder
1 The Zebra Dun 1889-1994
2 The Zebra Dun - research and text 1889-1994
3 Theh Zebra Dun - correspondence 1889-1994
4 Zipper - "It Took Twenty Years: The Ups and Downs of the Zipper" - correspondence and text 1889-1994

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Git Along Little Dogies, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
29
Folder
1 Publicity 1889-1994
2 Publicity - sent to press, libraries, and bookstores 1889-1994
3 Advertising 1889-1994
4 Picture Captions 1889-1994
5 Book Reviews 1889-1994
6 Spares (for distribution) 1889-1994

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Git Along Little Dogies, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
30
Folder
1 Notes for book of cowboy songs proposed to University of Illinois Press 1971
2 Layout 1889-1994
3 John I. White discography 1889-1994
4 Death Valley Days radio material for introduction 1889-1994
5 Corrections and Changes in response to comments and criticisms from readers 1973 June 30
6 Introduction to book (playlist songs sung on Death Valley Days) 1889-1994
7 Editor's last minute queries 1889-1994
8 "Home on the Range" chapter 1889-1994
9 Reviews 1889-1994
10 Galleys 1889-1994
11 Galleys 1889-1994

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Page Proofs/Caption Proofs, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
31
Folder
1 D.J. "Kid" O'Malley - Montana's Cowboy Poet - Montana July 1967
2 Notes for White - Just for the Record - ch. 1-19 1889-1994
3 Introduction - Just for the Record 1889-1994
4 "Git Along Little Dogies" 1889-1994
5 "Owen Wister, Songwriter" 1889-1994
6 ":ast Days with the Dogies" and "Curious History of 'The Railroad Corral'" 1889-1994
7 "Singin' to 'em" 1889-1994
8 "Move Slow, Dogies, Move Slow" 1889-1994
9 Will Barnes and "The Cowboy's Sweet Bye and Bye" 1889-1994
10 "The Grass of Uncle Sam" 1889-1994
11 "And That's How a Folksong was Born" 1889-1994
12 "Gail Gardner Cowboy Poet Lariat" 1889-1994
13 "Badger Clark Poet of Yesterday's West" 1889-1994
14 "The Strange Career of the Strawberry Roan" 1889-1994
15 "The Zebra Dun" 1889-1994
16 "Where the Deer and the Antelope Play" 1889-1994
17 "The Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim" 1889-1994
18 "Great Grandad" 1889-1994
19 "Great Grandma" 1889-1994
20 "Carl T. Spraque, Singing Cowboy" 1889-1994
21 "Two Pioneers Collectors of Western Songs" 1889-1994
22 "A John White Discography" 1889-1994
23 "Where to Find More Western Songs" 1889-1994
24 Appendix A - "Where to Find More Western Songs" 1889-1994

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Photos and Cartoons used in Git Along Little Dogies - and spares not used, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
32
Folder
1 Singing to 'em - N.C. Wyeth 1889-1994
2 Move Slow, Dogies, Move Slow 1889-1994
3 The Grass of Uncle Sam 1889-1994
4 The Strange Career of the Strawberry Roan 1889-1994
5 Clark 1889-1994
6 Zebra Dun 1889-1994
7 Will Barnes - The Cowboy's Sweet Bye and Bye 1889-1994
8 Introduction - Photos of John I. White, Lowdermilk, and Death Valley 1889-1994
9 Introduction - Cartoons 1889-1994
10 Git Along Little Dogies 1889-1994
11 Where the Deer and the Antelope Play 1889-1994
12 Gail Gardner, Cowboy Poet Lariat 1889-1994
13 And That's How a folksong was Born 1889-1994
14 Two Pioneer Collectors 1889-1994
15 Great Grandma 1889-1994
16 Great Grandad 1889-1994
17 Sprague 1889-1994
18 The Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim 1889-1994
19 Last Day With the Longhorns - The Railroad Corral 1889-1994
20 O'Malley 1889-1994

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Old Issues of the Stock Growers Journal - (1889-1893) Miles City, Montana - and special Golden Jubilee (May 24, 1934) - In addition, there are additional copies of some John I. White artticles, 1889-1934
Container(s)
box
33

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File of 3x5 cards containing information on songs, biographies of selected song writers, Western books, sheet music, and other printed materials on songs, 1860-1994
Container(s)
box
34

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Plaques, 1860-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
box
35
New Jersey Folk Festival award fro distinguished contributions in folk music 1984
Highlights for Children patriotic featureof the year - "A Presidential Quiz" 1986 February
Banner for John I. White display at the Elko Cowboy Poetry gathering 1994

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John I. White's cowboy hat, 1889-1994
Container(s)
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Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Country music -- History -- History -- Sources.
    • Cowboys -- Songs and music -- History -- Sources.
    • Death Valley Days (Radio program)
    • Folk music -- West (U.S.) -- History -- Sources.
    • Folk musicians -- Records and correspondence.
    • Radio actors and actresses -- Records and correspondence.
    • Personal Names :
    • Barnes, Will C. (Will Croft), 1858-1936 correspondent.
    • Clark, Badger, 1883-1957 correspondent.
    • Fife, Austin E. correspondent.
    • Gardner, Gail I., b. 1892 correspondent.
    • Lee, Jack H. correspondent.
    • Lowdermilk, Romaine. correspondent.
    • O'Malley, Dominick John, 1867-1943 correspondent.
    • White, John I. (John Irwin), 1902- -- Records and correspondence.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah State University. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

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