Articles and Essays

  • Buckaroo: Views of a Western Way of Life This essay originally appeared in Buckaroos in Paradise: Cowboy Life in Northern Nevada, published by the Library of Congress in 1980 and republished as a Bison Book by the University of Nebraska Press in 1981
  • A History of the Ninety-Six Ranch The Founding Years, 1864-1910. Fredrick William Stock, who was born near Exten, Hessen-Kassel, Germany, in 1837, founded what is now called the Ninety-Six Ranch. His name in German was Friedrich Wilhelm; the family's records variously spell it Friedrick or Fredrick. He was apprenticed to a cobbler at fourteen but abandoned the pursuit after two years and came to America. He arrived in New York ...
  • Haying, Irrigation, and Branding: Tradition and Innovation Old and New. The folklorists, historians, and archeologists who carried out field research during the Paradise Valley Folklife Project documented a wide range of cultural phenomena, old and new. For example, one project researcher carried out an in-depth study of the valley's vernacular architecture, documenting not only turn-of-the-century stone, frame, and adobe buildings, but also newer tract houses, mobile homes, and metal pole barns. ...
  • Interviewing Leslie Stewart The folklife research project team conducted a lengthy interview with rancher Leslie J. "Les" Stewart on May 9, 1981. Most of the formal interviews in the Paradise Valley Folklife Project were recorded on audio tape, but this interview, intended to complement our motion picture footage, was videotaped.
  • Producing the Ninety-Six Ranch Videodisc The chain of events that led to the creation of the Ninety-Six videodisc began in 1979, when the American Folklife Center and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History began planning an exhibit about cowboy life in Paradise Valley. As work on this exhibit got under way, the center also began planning an additional exhibit that would analyze the role and importance of ...