N. Howard (Nathan Howard) "Jack" Thorp (1867-1940) began collecting and writing cowboy songs in 1889, and his publications include: Songs of the cowboys (1908 & 1921), Tales of the chuck wagon (1926) and Pardner of the wind: Story of the southwestern cowboy (published posthumously in 1941 with Neil M. Clark). His fiction and poetry also appeared in New Mexico magazine, The Cattleman, The Atlantic monthly, Poetry, and Literary digest. Thorp also worked for the Works Progress Administration's (WPA) New Mexico Federal Writers' Program from 1936-1939.
Scope and Content
The collection constitutes the literary archive of New Mexico author N. Howard (Nathan Howard) "Jack" Thorp. It includes original manuscripts of Thorp's stories, as well as songs, correspondence, a diary, photographs and related publications. Of note is the complete manuscript of Thorp's unpublished story, Cowland, various pack trip descriptions written for the New Mexico Federal Writers' Program, and the extensive files of cowboy songs written and collected by Thorp. In the oversize box are some journals kept by Thorp, correspondence (including 2 letters from Eugene Manlove Rhodes and 4 from Frank Dobie), 3 photographs and printed materials. The collection also includes some materials by and related to Thorp's wife, Annette Heslop Thorp. Mrs. Thorp's papers contain some original manuscripts, many of which reflect Southwestern folklore, history and traditions.