Finding Aid for the Frank Bird Linderman Papers, 1915-1932

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Finding Aid for the Frank Bird Linderman Papers, 1915-1932

Collection number: 2020

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé, June 2004
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, June 2004
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank Bird Linderman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1915-1932
Collection number: 2020
Creator: Linderman, Frank Bird, 1869-1938
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) wrote On a passing frontier (1920) and Bunch-grass and Blue-joint (1921); wrote several volumes of Indian lore and fiction portraying the frontier and Native American life, including Lige mounts, free trapper (1922), American (1930), Red mother (1932), and Beyond law (1933). The collection consists of holograph and typescript literary manuscripts of Native American stories told by Linderman, and galley proofs of his Poems.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Bird Linderman Papers (Collection 2020). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Linderman was born in 1869; lived in Montana; wrote On a passing frontier (1920) and Bunch-grass and Blue-joint (1921); wrote several volumes of Indian lore and fiction portraying the frontier and Native American life, including Lige mounts, free trapper (1922), American (1930), Red mother (1932), and Beyond law (1933); he died in 1938.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of holograph and typescript literary manuscripts of Native American stories told by Frank Bird Linderman. Includes How it came about stories, Indian old-man stories, Indian why stories, Kootenai why stories, Lige mounts, Old-man coyote, On a passing frontier, and Red mother. Also contains galley proofs of his Poems.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Linderman, Frank Bird, 1869-1938--Archives.
Authors, American--Montana--Archival resources.
Indians of North America--Folklore.
Manuscripts for publication.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

How It Came About Stories. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 92 leaves. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Part II.
Box 1, Folder 2

How It Came About Stories. Somers, Montana, n.d. [New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1921].

Physical Description: 56 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Revised proof.
Chapters include:
  • “At the Big lake When the Moon Is Full.”
  • “Near the Foot of the Mountain When the Moon Is Dark.”
Box 1, Folder 3

Indian Notes. n.p. 1936.

Physical Description: 21 leaves. Holograph. In a student notebook.
Box 1, Folder 4

Indian Old-Man Stories. n.p. n.d. [New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1926].

Physical Description: 30 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Galley proofs.
Chapters include:
  • “Why Our Sight Fails With Age.”
  • “Why Children Lose Their Teeth.”
  • “How the Skunk Helped the Coyote.”
  • “Why the Weasel is White.”
  • “Old-Man and His New Weapons.”
  • “Looks at the Stars.”
  • “Ca-Mee-No-Wa-Sit.”
  • “Strikes-And-Kills.”
  • “Old-Man's Courting.”
Box 1, Folder 5

Indian Why Stories. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 43 leaves. Holograph. In a student notebook.

Scope and Content Note

First version.
Box 1, Folder 6

Indian Why Stories. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 82 leaves. Holograph. In a student notebook.

Scope and Content Note

First version.
Box 1, Folder 7

Indian Why Stories and Indian Old-Man Stories. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 54 leaves. Holograph. In an unlined tablet.

Scope and Content Note

Introductions or Forewards.
Box 1, Folder 8

Kootenai Why Stories. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 20 leaves. Holograph and typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Chapters include:
  • “My _____ Arms Are Thin.”
  • “Frog and Antelope.”
  • “Coyote and _____ Eyes.”
  • “Coyote and Grizzley Bear.”
  • “Boy and His Wife.”
  • “Dear Persons.”
  • “Coyote's Adventures.”
  • “War With Up-There-Persons.”
  • “The Rabbit Person.”
  • “Skunk Person.”
  • “Coyote and Buffalo Bill.”
  • “Story of Little Rock.”
  • “Stealing of the Springtime.”
Box 1, Folder 9

Kootenai Why Stories. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 7 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Galley proofs.
Chapters include:
  • “Old-Man and the Thunder Birds (partila).”
  • “War With Up-There-Persons.”
  • “The Rabbit Person.”
Box 1, Folder 10

Lige Mounts. Somers, Montana, n.d.

Physical Description: 25 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Chapter ends with tailpieces.
Page proofs.

Note

[New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1922].
Box 2, Folder 11

Old-Man coyote. n.p. n.d.

Physical Description: 173 leaves. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Complete manuscript.
Chapters include:
  • “Bird's Country.”
  • “Lost Boy and the Little People.”
  • “Two F__rs.”
  • “Olduiau Coyote's Pride Has a Fall.”
  • “Old-Man and the Bulls.”
  • “Lodge Lining and Spring-Boy.”
  • “Old-Man Coyote and One-Man.”
  • “Why Turn ____ ____ Strings on Mr. Heels.”
  • “How People Got Buffalo.”
Box 2, Folder 12

On A Passing Frontier. Somers, Montana, n.d. [New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1920].

Physical Description: 44 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Galley proofs.
Box 2, Folder 13

Poems. Somers, Montana, n.d.

Physical Description: 18 leaves.

Scope and Content Note

Galley proofs.
Poems include:
  • “Little Bear.”
  • “Ol' Dad.”
  • “Git Down an' Come In.”
  • “Prrecher Price.”
  • “Bluebird's Last Stand.”
  • “To the Coyote.”
  • “Cayuse Bill.”
  • “The Cow-Puncher's Yarn.”
  • “Cayuse Bill's Sermon.”
  • “Things Shore do Change.”
  • “An Incident of Shorty's.”
  • “Bible History.”
  • “I Stood Beside a Mound of Wishing Stones.”
  • “The Sun-Worshipper.”
  • “Intercession.”
  • “The Council of the Sun.”
  • “To A Magpie.”
  • “To An Old Cow-Horse.”
  • “Progress.”
  • “The Pot and the Kettle.”
  • “Confession.”
  • “The Deer Lick.”
  • “Night in the Forest.”
  • “The Perfume of the Pines.”
  • “Night in a Glacier Park.”
  • “The Lonely Tepee.”
  • “Pard O'Mine.”
  • “The Pack Bell.”
  • “The Packer's Ideal.”
  • “The Pioneer.”
  • “Old Trials.”
  • “Prophetic.”
  • “Optimistic-Pessimism.”
  • “To A Mountain Rat.”
  • “Luck.”
  • “Cabins.”
  • “The Old Frontier.”
  • “The Old Canoe.”
  • “The Trout Pool.”
  • “Hon De Fall.”
  • “Ma Frien' Pete Lebeau.”
  • “Pete Lebeau's Lament.”
  • “Reverie.”
  • “Scar-Face on Nature.”
Box 2, Folder 14

Red Mother. n.p. n.d. [New York: The John Day Company, 1932].

Physical Description: 171 leaves. Holograph.