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A Guide to the Jim Bob Tinsley Papers

Finding aid created by Philip Durnin and Bridget Bihm-Manuel

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: The collection contains galley proofs and photos for Tinsley's books He Was Singin' This Song and For a Cowboy Has to Sing. Accompanying the galley proofs and photographs are approximately 50 pieces of Western sheet music from 1900 to 1950. The collection also contains research materials on the Florida panther, bass fishing sites in Florida, cattle rancher Jacob Summerlin, and Tinsley's book The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas.
Extent: 4.21 Linear feet. 9 boxes; 2 record albums.
Identification: MS 278
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Jim Bob Tinsley was an avid outdoorsman, writer, and musician known for Western and cowboy songs. He was born in Brevard, North Carolina ion August 12, 1921. He graduated from Brevard High School in 1940, and served as a naval aerial photographer during World War II. After the war, he married Dottie (Dolores) Wilson and earned money for college by working as a cowboy in Arizona. In 1956, he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. In 1958, he completed a master's degree in education from what is now Northern Arizona University. He went on to a career in education, retiring in 1982 after 28 years with the Marion County School System.

He was an accomplished singer of cowboy ballads, beginning his career at the age of 13 performing with WWNC radio station out of Ashville, North Carolina. During the course of his career, he played with numerous musicians, including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Tinsley wrote books on western music, including 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.

In addition to his books on music, Tinsley was the author of works on other subjects. He was an avid sportsman, which inspired him to write The Puma: Legendary Lion of the Americas, The Florida Panther, and The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas. His experience with photography helped him produce a work on waterfalls in his home state of North Carolina entitled The Land of Waterfalls: Transylvania County, North Carolina. He also wrote about the history of the Tinsley family in From Totopotomoy to Transylvania: A Descendancy Line of the Tinsley Family in America since 1638.

Tinsley received many awards and honors during his lifetime, 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. His passion for western music left him with numerous artifacts from the West. He and his wife Dottie opened the Jim Bob Tinsley Museum in 1994, which closed in 2007. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 82.


Scope and Content

The Jim Bob Tinsley Papers contain galley proofs and photographs for Tinsley's books, He Was Singin' This Song and For a Cowboy Has to Sing. Accompanying the galley proofs and photographs are approximately 50 pieces of Western sheet music from 1900 to 1950. In addition, this collection contains research for Tinsley's work on the Florida Panther, bass fishing sites in Florida, and his book The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas. Additional material donated in 2017 includes research material that Tinsley collected on cattle rancher Jacob Summerlin.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

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. Special Collections and Archives at Northern Arizona University also holds a Jim Bob Tinsley Collection.

The Florida Folklife Collection and the Florida Photographic Collection of the State Archives of Florida contain photos and recordings of Jim Bob Tinsley.


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. Material on Jacob Summerlin donated by Dr. Lynn Herrick on behalf of Mrs. Dottie Tinsley.

Processing Notes

In 2017, Dr. Lynn Herrick donated material to the Tinsley Papers on behalf Mrs. Dottie Tinsley. This second accession included research materials collected by Jim Bob Tinsley on cattle rancher Jacob Summerlin. The new material can be found in box 9.


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)
7 2 copies of the record album for He Was Singin' This Song
9 Chapter on Samuel Summerlin from Old Tales and Trails of Florida by Myrtle Hilliard Crow. 1956
9 Jim Bob Tinsley's research notes on Jacob Summerlin. undated
9 Jim Bob Tinsley correspondence on Jacob Summerlin. 1974-1976
9 Miscellaneous.
9 Monarch of the Trails by Myrtle Hilliard Crow. 1944
9 Myrtle Hilliard Crow and Samuel Summerlin death certificates. 1974
9 Summerlin photos and negatives. undated
9 Summerlin research materials-copies of articles and book chapters. 1876-1975
9 Summerlin research materials-copies of newspaper articles. 1860-1973

Bibliography

Sources consulted by Bridget Bihm-Manuel while writing this finding aid.

"Into the Sunset." Hendersonville Times-News, 21 January 2004.

Dottie Tinsley. "James Robert (Jim Bob) Tinsley - Transylvania County "Renaissance" Man." Transylvania Heritage Museum, http://www.transylvaniaheritage.org/content/james-robert-jim-bob-tinsley-transylvania-county-renaissance-man

Tinsley's Works Include:

The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas. Gainesville, University of Florida Press, 1964.

The Florida Panther. St. Petersburg, Fla., Great Outdoors Pub. Co., 1970.

From Totopotomoy to Transylvania: A Descendancy Line of the Tinsley Family in America since 1638. Ocala, Florida: Des Abbott & Gordon Mobbs, 1976.

He Was Singin' This Song: A Collection of Forty-Eight Traditional Songs of the American Cowboy. Orlando: University Presses of Florida, 1981.

The Puma, Legendary Lion of the Americas. El Paso: Texas Western Press, University of Texas at El Paso, 1987.

The Land of Waterfalls: Transylvania County, North Carolina. Brevard, N.C.: J.B. and Dottie Tinsley, 1988.

Florida Cow Hunter: The Life and Times of Bone Mizell. Orlando: University of Central Florida Press, 1990.

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. Orlando: University of Central Florida Press, 1991.

The Hash Knife Brand. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1993.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Cowboys--Songs and music
Florida panther
Puma
Ranching
Sailfish
Tinsley, Jim Bob




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