Guide to the R.A. Bacon Manuscript,

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Overview of the Collection

Title: R.A. Bacon Manuscript
Dates: 1935-1971 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_CAINE MSS 12
Summary: This collection contains the published and unpublished manuscript and poetry of Robert Austin "Pecos" Bacon
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Robert Austin "Pecos" Bacon was born on June 24, 1878 in Greenville, Texas to Joel and Elizabeth Bacon. Joel died when Robert was seven years old and Elizabeth died shortly thereafter. Young Robert supported himself working on nearby cattle ranches. On April 19, 1908 Robert married Stella Lee Buffington at Marlow, Oklahoma where he became a father to step-son Fred Buffington and later fathered two biological children, a son Robert H. Bacon and a daughter Mozelle Bacon Dierking. R.A. Bacon died at the age of 60 on September 7, 1938 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Content Description

The following collection consists of unpublished manuscript and poems by R. A. Bacon that speak of his work on the cattle range as a cow punch and other areas of the cattle business in the early twentieth century. One manuscript is an autobiographical novel (Pecos of 79's) and the other (The Cowboy From the North) depicts ranching in Northern Arizona around the turn of the twentieth century. Also contains other biographical material and photographs of Bacon.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

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

Restrictions on Use :  

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

Permission to publish material from the R.A. Bacon Manuscript must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: R.A. Bacon Manuscript USU_CAINE 12 Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_CAINE 12, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Boxes 1 and 2 are arranged by unpublished manuscript chapters and Box 3 is arranged by subject.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2006

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were purchased in conjunction with the Newel Hart papers in 1984 by USU Special Collections & Archives for inclusion in the Marie Eccles-Caine Archive of Intermountain Americana.

Detailed Description of the Collection

"Pecos of the 79 Ranch" by R.A. Bacon, undated
(25 folders)

Typed, unpublished manuscript

1 1 Chapter I, "Childhood Days" undated
1 2 Chapter II, "Up the Old Chrisholm Trail" undated
1 3 Chapter III, "Crossing the Red River" undated
1 4 Chapter IV, "Gambler Killed in Dodge City" undated
1 5 Chapter V, "Arrives in Miles City" undated
1 6 Chapter VI, "Pecos Meets Dusty the 79 Wagon Boss" undated
1 7 Chapter VII, "Arrives at the 79 Ranch" undated
1 8 Chapter VIII, "Starting upon the General Round-up" undated
1 9 Chapter XIX, "The Breed" undated
1 10 Chapter X, "Pecos Sent Rep'ing" undated
1 11 Chapter XI, "Arrives at the P Cross Square" undated
1 12 Chapter XII, "Throwing back in a Snow Storm" undated
1 13 Chapter XIII, "A Winter Hand" undated
1 14 Chapter XIV, "Reps with the Flying-E" undated
1 15 Chapter XV, "Back From the Trowel Outfit"
1 16 Chapter XVI, "Loads Out of Glasgow" undated
1 17 Chapter XVII, "Heading for the Dug -Out" undated
1 18 Chapter XVIII, "The Horrors of a Montana Winter" undated
1 19 Chapter XIX "Decides to Quit the 79's" undated
1 20 Chapter XX, "Working for the Lazy J" undated
1 21 Chapter XXI, "The Lazy J Closes Out" undated
1 22 Chapter XXII, "Back with the 79's" undated
1 23 Chapter XXIII, "The Last Shipment" undated
1 24 Chapter XXIV, "Crossing the Yellowstone" undated
1 25 Chapter XXV, "On Board the Cars" undated

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"The Cowboy from the North" by R.A. Bacon, undated
(20 folders)

Typed, unpublished manuscript

2 1 Chapter I, "Arrives in Arizona" undated
2 2 Chapter II, "The Cinnamon Brown" undated
2 3 Chapter III, "Received Herd at Snowflake" undated
2 4 Chapter IV, "En route to Coconia" undated
2 5 Chapter V, "Repping with Thornton's Outfit" undated
2 6 Chapter VI, "Arrives at the Goose Egg Outfit" undated
2 7 Chapter VII, "The Cedar Ranch" undated
2 8 Chapter VIII, "The Fourth of July Rodeo" undated
2 9 Chapter IX, "Spends the Winter in Phoenix" undated
2 10 Chapter X, "Allis not Pleasure with a Cowboy" undated
2 11 Chapter XI, "Spends the Winter in Phoenix" undated
2 12 Chapter XII, "A Quaint Little Spanish Home" undated
2 13 Chapter XII, "A Ride Through the Hills" undated
2 14 Chapter XIV, "Hires to Hearrell" undated
2 15 Chapter XV, "Working the Country with a Pack Outfit" undated
2 16 Chapter XVII, Months in a Hospital" undated
2 17 Chapter XVII, "Months in a Hospital" undated
2 18 Chapter XVIII, "Goes into Old Mexico" undated
2 19 Chapter XIX, "Form a New Company" undated
2 20 Chapter XX, "Just a Quiet Little Wedding" undated

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Miscellaneous Papers of R.A. Bacon, undated
(16 folders)

Typed, unpublished manuscript

3 1 Photos of R.A. Bacon undated
3 2 Photo of R.A. Bacon undated
3 3 Poem by R.A. Bacon printed in a Newspaper undated
3 4 Notes on life of Robert Austin Bacon undated
3 5 Notes on life of Robert Austin Bacon undated
3 6 Poem: "The Old Log Cabin" by R.A. Bacon undated
3 7 Poem:"The Old Pole Corral" by R.A. Bacon undated
3 8 Print of Calf Roping
3 9 Print of Three cowboys preparing to Brand undated
3 10 Print of Three Cowboys preparing to Brand undated
3 11 Three Cowboys in Corral undated
3 12 Print of Shoeing a Horse undated
3 13 Print of Bull in Chute. (Copy only) undated
3 14 Sioux City Sunday Journal, magazine section 1935 September 29
3 15 Correspondence from University of South Dakota concerning the Unpublished Manuscripts 1971 May 5
3 16 Letter between Members of R.A. Bacon's Family concerning the University of South Dakota's interest in Unpublished manuscripts of R.A. Bacon 1971 May 28

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    • Personal Names :
    • Bacon, Robert Austin, 1878-1938
    • Subject Terms :
    • Cowboys
    • Cowboys--Biography
    • Ranch life-Arizona
    • Ranch life--Montana
    • Ranches--Arizona
    • Ranches--Montana
    • Rodeos
    • Geographical Names :
    • Chisholm Trail
    • Flagstaff (Ariz.)--History
    • Lazy J Ranch (Tex.)
    • Miles City (Mont.)
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History
    • Ranch (Mont.)
    • Red River (Tex.-La.)
    • Snowflake (Arix.)--History

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