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Guide to the Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection

Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection, n.d.
1 folder
Location: 0142, Box 1, Folder 2
Accession #: 2002.250.14-.15

Collection contains two publicity stills of cowboy poets and singers, Curly Jim Musgrave & Richard Olsen.


"Curly" Jim Musgrave: Curly was born in Calgary, Alberta, in the winter of 1949. "As nearby ranches would push cattle through to the stockyards, the cowboy soul within him was stirred and would never be stilled. Fate took him from Alberta's wild rose country to California where he came to enjoy a career as a performer and writer. The Celt and Californio are reflected in his unique brand of Western music, which has earned popular and critical acclaim in the recent years he's performed at festivals and gatherings throughout the US and Canada. In 2002 he even brought Hollywood's who's who to their feet in a star-studded tribute to Cole Porter following a search for a real cowboy to sing "Don't Fence Me In." Curly got the call!"

Curly Jim Musgrave: Western and Cowboy Poetry, Music and more at the Bar-D Ranch

Richard Olsen: Olsen has written and performed country music most of his life. In 2001 he signed with Sonic Records. Six songs from the two CDs he recorded with Sonic received extensive airplay worldwide. Several times he had four different songs charting in the top 20 on the "indie" charts. This included "Guilt Trip" topping the charts at number one, in September 2003. He was a member of the NSPRA (National Senior Pro Rodeo Association) where he competed in the bull riding and bareback bronc rough stock events. His wife Rayne is also his manager. He has his own music publishing company Swinging West Music. He has also performed in concert with such artists as Dan Seals, Doug Stone, John Conlee, Sylvia, T.G. Shepherd and Janie Frickie. He has performed at western festivals and poetry gatherings throughout the mountain west.

Album notes, Cowboy, Richard Olsen, Swinging West Music And Publishing, 2009.

Scope & Content Note  

This collection consists of one series, Publicity Stills, which contains two publicity stills, one of "Curly" Jim Musgrave and one of Richard Olsen.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Musgrave, "Curly" Jim
Olsen, Richard

Subject Headings:
Poets, American-Portraits

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 Blakeley 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  

Blakeley 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.

Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection: Collection contains two publicity stills of cowboy poets and singers, Jim "Curly" Musgrave & Richard Olsen.

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: Publicity Stills
Catalog # Description
2002.250.14 8x10 publicity still of “Curly” Jim Musgrave published by Curly J Productions [1]
2002.250.15 8x10 publicity still of Richard Olsen published by Sonic Records, Inc. Signed: “Happy Trails and Sunshine. Sincerely, Richard Olsen.” [1]

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