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R.A. Bacon Manuscript, 1935-1971

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This collection contains the published and unpublished manuscript and poetry of Robert Austin "Pecos" Bacon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
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

The following collection consists of unpublished manuscript and poems by R. A. Bacon that speak of his work on the cattle range as a cow punch and other areas of the cattle business in the early twentieth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 CollectionReturn to Top

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 InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

"Pecos of the 79 Ranch" by R.A. Bacon, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

(25 folders)

Typed, unpublished manuscript

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
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

"The Cowboy from the North" by R.A. Bacon, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

(20 folders)

Typed, unpublished manuscript

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
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

Miscellaneous Papers of R.A. Bacon, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3

(16 folders)

Typed, unpublished manuscript

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
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