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Film, Video Rules to Follow in Camp

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  • Rules to Follow in Camp


  • Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
  • Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
  • Wilson, William A. (William Albert), 1933- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • May 9, 1981


  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Activities
  • -  Line camps
  • -  Buckaroos
  • -  Conduct
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Motion Pictures


  • Ethnography
  • Motion Pictures


  • -  Les Stewart reviews the rules of courtesy that 96 Ranch buckaroos follow in camp.
  • -  This topic was suggested by Bill Smock's observations about the strict and sober spirit of the camp. He had once observed an off-duty professional football team and contrasted their boorish, foul-mouthed behavior with the scrupulous manners of the Ninety-Six crew. The buckaroos did not drink, swore mildly and infrequently, and read agricultural, automotive, or outdoors periodicals. There was not one girlie magazine to be seen.
  • -  Other members of the folklife project team had visited line camps on an absentee-owned, corporate ranch and found a somewhat looser discipline. We wondered how much the Ninety-Six camp was influenced by Les's own no-nonsense personality. This video presents his first answer to our question. A moment later, when pressed to elaborate, Les said that his buckaroos were family men while most corporate ranches hired bachelors.
  • -  After viewing the footage, Les said that his remark about precedence in the chow line might be misunderstood. The first man to be served is the first in line after "Come and get it!" or the dinner gong has been sounded. Les added that, in the old "wagon" days, a man who arrived back at camp before the rest of the crew was not allowed to eat until the others arrived.


  • 3/4 inch video

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1991/021: NV81-VT2

Source Collection

  • Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • video

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Credit line

Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William A Wilson. Rules to Follow in Camp. May 9, 1981. Video.

APA citation style:

Stewart, L. J., Fleischhauer, C. & Wilson, W. A. (1981) Rules to Follow in Camp. May 9. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, Carl Fleischhauer, and William A Wilson. Rules to Follow in Camp. May 9, 1981. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.