Sam Agins collection : video and beta tapes, 1985-1996  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Agins, Sam
Sam Agins collection : video and beta tapes
1985-1996 (inclusive)
1 linear foot (1 box)
Collection Number
Video and beta tapes from 1985-1996 of Singin' Sam Agins performances, interviews, and a 1996 memorial service for Sam Agins.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, series number, sub-series number, if applicable, box number and folder number (or image number).

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Singin' Sam Agins was born in Denver, Colorado, on June 14, 1919. He was born with a congenital paralysis of both legs and only weighed 2 lbs. at birth. Agins was limited to using crutches or a wheelchair for mobility from childhood. Despite his disability he led an active life, playing guitar, making poetry, and writing and collecting music. In addition he was a leather craftsman, stringed instruments mechanic, and a maker of hand-tooled silver buckle jewelry and violins. Agins passion was writing, collecting and singing American folk songs, particularly of the West. During the 1940s and 1950s he entertained disabled youth, veterans, and children in hospitals, acting as an Ambassador of Goodwill Industries. In addition, he entertained prisoners in New Mexico, guests at dude ranches, and taught classes about folk singing throughout the American West. Agins was also the United States representative in 1976 at the Smithsonian Institution's Montreal Expo and also served as an expert on early American folk songs in Washington D.C. During the 1970s and 1980s he participated in the Festival of the American West and the Western Writers Conferences held in Logan, Utah. On November 19, 1957 he married Frederica Agins (born May, 1938) and they had two sons, Judd and Joseph Agins. Sam Agins died in Sun City, Arizona, on March 28, 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Video and beta tapes from 1985-1996 of Singin' Sam Agins performances, interviews, and a 1996 memorial service for Sam Agins.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the September 11, 2001 USU student documentary collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Sam Agins collection: video and beta tapes, 1985-1996. (FOLK COLL 30c). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Video and Beta TapesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box tape
1 1
Singin' Sam Agins' Memorial Service, Dornan's Chuckwagon, Moose Wyoming
1996 August 17
1 2
Singin' Sam at Marble Canyon, filmed by Salt River Project
(VCR) [Original number: 73].
1986 September
1 3
Singin' Sam interview: Tucson TV KGVN?
(VCR) [Original number: 75].
1989 September 13
1 4
Singin' Sam program at Sunrise Resort of Arizona, Page Springs, AZ, filmed by one of the resort guests
(VCR). [Original number: 78].
1986 March 1
1 5
Promotional video produced for Swopmart to be used for TV advertising, Singin' Sam videographer
(VCR). [Original number: 77].
about 1993-1994
1 6
Jim Garry and Singin' Sam
1 7
1. Singin' Sam in a gag done for "Real People" TV program ;2. Singin' Sam interviewed for Arizona Channel 4 News
(VCR) [Original number: 72].
1985 Fall
1 8
Joe Wolverton and Friends at Jerome Historical Center
(VCR) [Original number: 76].
1986 July 4
1 9
Joe Wolverton, American Legion Club, Camp Verde
(VCR) [Original number: 74].
1987 September 20
1 10
Singin' Sam at Marbel Canyon, filmed by Salt River Project
(0-406) (Beta).
1989 September
1 11
Jim Garry's Stories of the West, Singin' Sam for Real People TV program, Singin' Sam on Channel 4 News, recorded
1985 Fall
1 12
Tucson TV interview
1989 September 13
1 13
Singin' Sam at Sunrise Resort, Page Springs, AZ
1986 March 1

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cowboys--Songs and music.
  • Personal Names :
  • Agins, Sam--Interviews.
  • Agins, Sam--Songs and music.