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Guide to the Bud Barnett Cowboy Poetry Collection

Bud Barnett Cowboy Poetry Collection, n.d.
1 folder
Location: 0142, Box 1, Folder 1
Accession #: 2002.091

Bud Barnett is a performing cowboy poet. The ten poems in this collection are examples of his work.

During part of his childhood, Bud Barnett lived in the Mojave Desert, where his dad rode herd for the Diamond Bar Ranch. Later, the family moved to northeast Oklahoma and worked as sharecroppers. Bud remembers mending fences and being raised around horses and cattle. In 1981 when his father passed away, Bud began writing poems about the older Barnett’s experiences and the tales he told. He has performed at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Myriad Gardens. He has also performed at the Oklahoma City Stockyards, several nursing homes, and retirement centers.

From newspaper clipping in collection.

Scope & Content Note  

This collection consists of one series, Poetry. Ten poems are printed, one per page, as in a small manuscript for a chapbook. One additional page has a biographical clipping taped down, with Bud Barnett’s signature.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Barnett, Bud
Diamond Bar Ranch

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Processing Information  

This collection was accessioned in 2002 and filed along with other small cowboy poetry collections. Archivist Laura Anne Heller created the current finding aid on July 14, 2009.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Bud Barnett Cowboy Poetry Collection is the property of the Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Literary right, including copyright, belongs to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, with the exception of copyrighted artwork images and published literary works, which are the property of the respective copyright holders. It is the responsibility of the researcher, and his/her publisher, to obtain publishing permission from individuals pictured, relevant copyright holders, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Restrictions on Access  

The collection is open for research. It is advisable for researchers to discuss their proposed research with staff prior to visiting the Center.

Preferred Citation  

Bud Barnett Cowboy Poetry Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Related Collections, Exhibits, & Links  

Bud Barnett Cowboy Poetry Collection: A small collection of poetry by Bud Barnett, cowboy poet from the Mojave Desert of California and the northeastern Oklahoma.

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Barbara Bockelman Cowboy Poetry Collection: Barbara Bockelman is an Oklahoma native of the Slapout community in Laverne. This collection consists of her own cowboy poetry, the unpublished manuscript A Permanent Home, and an assortment of articles.

Scott Hill Bumgardner Cowboy Poetry Collection: Bumgardner is a storyteller and cowboy poet of Texas history, cowboys, and tall tales. This small collection contains one publicity packet of articles and a publicity photograph.

Hank Elling Cowboy Poetry Collection: This collection features two articles by Hank Elling about cowboys and roundups. Hank Elling is a cowboy singer and musician from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Tim Graham Cowboy Poetry Collection: Graham is cowboy musician and singer who was raised on a farm in the Midwest. This small collection contains a publicity packet whick includes several of his original cowboy poems.

Michael Johnson Cowboy Poetry Collection: Johnson is a humorist, author and international motivational speaker, but also a former professional rodeo cowboy, a former university professor, and has worked in upper level management in industry. This small collection includes a publicity packet.

Fletcher Jowers Cowboy Poetry Collection: Jowers is a singer and songwriter of cowboy music and is known for his "Texas Cowboy approach" to music. This collection contains publicity materials.

Katie Lee Cowboy Poetry Collection: Lee is a native a Tucson, Arizona, and is a western folksinger and author. This collection includes publicity materials and photographs.

Metegrano Collection of James Barton Adams Poetry & Ephemera: This collection consists of photocopied pages concerning the life of James Barton Adams and his poetry.

Carl Thurlo Cowboy Poetry Collection: Thurlo hails from Kingston, Oklahoma, a small town close to the Oklahoma-Texas border. He is a cowboy poet and songwriter of The Ranch Hand.

Neal Torrey Cowboy Poetry Collection: This small collection includes several poems by Neal Torrey, a cowboy poet born in Missouri but raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Dallas Turner Cowboy Poetry Collection: Known to radio listeners as Nevada Slim, singer, yodeler, and guitarist Dallas Turner is a native of Yakima, Washington. This collection has publicity materials.

Ray J. Vigil Cowboy Poetry Collection: This collection features several poems by Ray Vigil.

Container List  

Series 1: Poetry, n.d.
Item Title/Description
Biographical clipping taped to a single page; A note and signature by Bud Barnett included, n.d. 1 page. [1]
Introductory page to poems: “Poetry Written By Bud Barnett. Most of Bud’s Poetry is written about his pwn personal Experiences, Family members or Close Friends.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Little Brother.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “The Devils Top Hand.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Dad’s Old Saddle.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Chug.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Long Johns.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Check Yer Riggin.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “The Ranch Hand.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Cowboy.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Skinned.” 1 page. [1]
Poem, “Fits All.” 1 page. [1]
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