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A Guide to the Jim Bob Tinsley Papers

Finding aid created by Philip Durnin

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2010


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tinsley, Jim Bob
Title: Jim Bob Tinsley Papers
Dates: 1964-1987
Abstract: Partial collection of the works of Jim Bob Tinsley on western (cowboy) music and various nature books.
Extent: 4 Linear feet. 8 boxes; 2 record albums.
Identification: MS 278
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Jim Bob Tinsley(August 12, 1921-January 18, 2004) was an avid outdoorsman, writer, and musician, principally known for Western and cowboy songs and ballads. He performed with WWNC radio station out of Ashville, North Carolina and during the course of his career played with numerous celebrated people, including Gene Autry and Sir Winston Churchill. Tinsley wrote major books on western music, For A Cowboy Has To Sing and He Was Singin' This Song, which won the Cowboy Hall of Fame's Western Heritage Award for music in 1982. Tinsley received many awards and honors including the Pioneer Award, the Cowboy Cultural Award, and induction into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. He also was the recipient of the Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Western Artists in 2000.

In other interests, Tinsley produced several books about wildlife. These included The Puma: Legendary Lion of the Americas, The Florida Panther, and The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas. His passion for western music left him with numerous artifacts from the West that are on display at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, Brevard, North Carolina.


Scope and Content

The Tinsley collection contains the galley proofs for He Was Singin' This Song and For a Cowboy Has to Sing, as well as photographs for the books. Accompanying the galley proofs and photographs are approximately 50 pieces of Western sheet music ranging in date from 1900 to 1950. In addition, this collection also contains background research for Tinsley's work on the Florida Panther, bass fishing sites in Florida, and his book The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

Copies of Jim Bob Tinsley's published works are available in the UF Library. Additional material on Jim Bob Tinsley can be found at the Silver River Museum, Ocala, Florida (primarily his research on cracker cattle and the Florida panther) and at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, Brevard, North Carolina.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jim Bob Tinsley Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Dottie Tinsley.


Contents List

Box
1 Galley proofs for A Cowboy has to Sing
2 Biography
2 William Tinsley letter to his brother Jim Bob Tinsley, Vietnam, 1965
2 Manuscript, Sailfish 1
2 Manuscript, Sailfish 2
2 Manuscript Notes, Sailfish
2 Assorted Short Stories, Sailfish
2 Clubs
2 "Jackpot- - In Sails" Stuart, Florida
2 He Was Singin' This Song Galleys 1
2 He Was Singin' This Song Galleys 2
2 He Was Singin' This Song Galleys 3
2 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 1
2 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 2
2 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 3
2 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 4
2 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 5
3 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 6
3 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 7
3 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 8
3 He Was Singin' This Song Manuscripts 9
3 Salt Springs Run
3 Way down upon the Swanee River
3 Tsala Apopka Chain
3 The Everglades
3 The St. Johns River System
3 Lake Okeechobee
3 Blue Cypress Lake
3 Black Sink
3 Jensen Savanna's
3 Backwaters of the Withlacoochee River
3 Levy Prairie
3 Orange Lake
3 Lake Hell "n" Blazes
3 Okefenokee Swamp
3 Cross Creek
3 Sailfish Photos 1
3 Sailfish Photos 2
3 Sailfish Photos 3
3 Sailfish Photos 4
3 Sailfish Photos 5
3 Sailfish Photos 6
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing Photos 1
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing Photos 2
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing Photos 3
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing Photos 4
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing Photos 5
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing Photos 6
4 For a Cowboy has to Sing, Photos 7
4 Old West Photos 1
4 Old West Photos 2
4 Old West Photos 3
4 Old West Photos 4
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 1
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 2
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 3
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 4
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 5
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 6
4 He Was Singin' This Song Photos 7
4 Photo- The Wagon Master
4 Photo- Felix Bernard
4 Photo- Paul Francis Webster
5 Galleys: Puma, Legendary Lion of the Americas
5 Florida Panther 1
5 Florida Panther 2
5 Puma Haunts- Florida Everglades
5 Puma Haunts- Mata Grosso, Brazil
5 Puma Haunts- Gran Chaco, Paraguay
5 Puma Haunts- Patagonian Desert
5 Puma Haunts- Petan Jungle, Guatemala
5 Puma Haunts- Rio Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
5 Puma Haunts- Rocky Mountains, Colorado
5 Puma Haunts- Rupununi Savannah, Guyana
5 Puma Haunts- Vancouver Island 1
5 Puma Haunts- Vancouver Island 2
5 Puma Haunts- Xingu Basin, Amazonia
5 Puma Haunts- Yucatan Jungle, Mexico
6 Extra Illustrations
6 Miscellaneous Photograph Captions and Publications
6 Negatives (no corresponding photographs)
6 Photographs Published
6 Photographs Published Includes Corresponding Negatives 1
6 Photographs Published Includes Corresponding Negatives 2
6 Photographs Unpublished 1
6 Photographs Unpublished 2
6 Photographs Unpublished Includes Corresponding Negatives
6 Pennsylvania Panther Tales Photographs and Negatives
7 "The Yellow Rose of Texas" by Martha Anne Turner
7 "Rollin Dust" by Stan Jones From Wagon Master
7 "Gotta Get Me Somebody To Love" by Allie Wrubel From Duel in the Sun
7 "Cowboy Camp Meetin" by Bob Nolan
7 "Where the Mountains Meet The Sky" by Aston "Deacon" Williams
7 "The Singin Hill" by Mack David, Dick Sanford, Sammy Mysels
7 "Silver On The Sage" by Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger from The Texans
7 "Ride Tenderfoot Ride" by Richard Whiting From Cowboy from Brooklyn
7 "The Funny Old Hills" by Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger From Paris Honeymoon
7 "Sail Along, Silv'ry Moon" by Harry Tobias, Percy Wenrich
7 "There's A Gold Mine In The Sky" by Charles and Nick Kenny
7 "On The Sunny Side Of The Rockies" by Roy Ingraham, Harry Tobias From Roll Along, Cowboy
7 "My Little Buckaroo" by Jack Scholl, M.K. Jerome From Cherokee Strip
7 "The Wheel of the Wagon is Broken" by Box and Cox and Michael Carr
7 "Roll Along Prairie Moon" by Ted Fiorito, Harry MacPherson, Albert Von "Tilzer" From Here Comes The Band
7 "The Oregon Trail" by Billy Hill, Peter De Rose
7 "Roll Along Covered Wagon" by Jimmy Kennedy From the Arizonian
7 "There's a Home in Wyomin'" by Billy hill, Peter De Rose
7 "Moonlight On the Colorado" by Billy Moll, Robert A. King
7 "Somewhere In Old Wyoming" by Charlie Tobias, Peter DeRose
7 "Take Me Back To Col-ler-rad-da Fer To Stay" by Moran Moore
7 "We Will Meet At The End Of The Trail" by Jean Acker
7 "Rose Of The Rio Grande" by Edgar Leslie, Harry Warren, Ross Gormach
7 "Happy Trails" by Dale Evans
7 "Sioux City Sue" by Dick Thomas, Ray Freedman
7 "Along The Navajo Trail" by Larry Markes Dick Charles Eddie De Lange
7 "The Cowboy Serenade' by Rich Hall
7 "South Of The Border" by Jimmy Kennedy, Michael Carr
7 "Leanin' On The Ole Top Rail" by Nick Kenny, Charles Kenny
7 "San Antonio Rose" by Bob Wills
7 "Back In The Saddle Again" by Ray Whitley, Gene Autry From Roving Tumble Weeds
7 "Cool Water" by Bob Nolan
7 "Take Me Back To My Boots And Saddle" by Walter G Samuels, Leonard Whitcup, Teddy Powell
7 "El Rancho Grande" by Silvano R Ramos and Bartley Costello
7 "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana
7 "Ole Faithful" by Michael Carr and Hamilton Kennedy
7 "Wagon Wheels" by Billy Hill, Peter DeRose
7 "I'll Go Ridin' Down That Old Texas Trail" by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnette
7 "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by Gene Autry From Tumbling Tumbleweeds
7 "The Last Roundup" by Billy Hill
7 "The Rose Of The Mountain Trail" by Jack Caddigan and Jas Brennan
7 "Cowboy" by Bobby Heath and Chas O'Donnell
7 "Ogalalla" by Vincent Bryan, Ted Snyder
7 "Denver Town" by Harry J Breen, George Botsford
7 "My Little Texas Queen" by Sam Schiller
7 "In The Land Of The Buffalo" by Williams and Van Alstyne
7 "Napanee" by Will Rossiter
7 "Navajo" by Harry Williams, Egbert Van Alstyne
8 The Cougar in the United States and Canada (1974)
8 Information Pertinent to H.B. 10 (1967)
8 Ecology of the Mt. Lion in Arizona (1980)
8 Procedures for Evaluating Predation on Livestock and Wildlife
8 Defenders Sept-Oct 1983 (1983)
8 National Wildlife Oct-Nov 1976 (1976)
8 Mt. Lion Population and Harvest near Canon City, Colorado 1964-77 (1977)
8 A Critical Review of Literature on Puma (Felis concolor) (1983)
8 Recovery Plan-Eastern Cougar (1981)
8 Mt. Lion Social Organization in the Idaho Primitive Area (1973)
8 An Analysis of Mt. Lion Predation…in the Idaho Primitive Area (1970)
8 Mountain Lion Field Guide (1983)
2 copies of the record album for He Was Singin' This Song

Tinsley's Works Include:

Florida Cow Hunter: The Life and Times of Bone Mizell (1990)
The Puma, Legendary Lion of the Americas (1987)
He Was Singin' This Song: A Collection of Forty-Eight Traditional Songs of the American Cowboy (1982)
The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas (1964)
For a Cowboy Has to Sing: A Collection of Sixty Romantic Cowboy and Western Songs, Covering Fifty-Year Golden Era of Popular Standards between 1905 and 1957 (1991)
The Florida Panther (1970)


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Cowboys -- Songs and music
Florida panther
Puma
Sailfish



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