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Guide to the Donald Packard Collection

2001.036.012 from Mizwa CollectionDonald Packard Collection,
2 folders
Location: 0165
Accession #: 90.32; 90.57

Introduction
The photographs in this collection are of Bill Pickett, well-known African-American bulldogger of the early rodeo. The collection is open for viewing, but we are not allowed to duplicate them in any manner because they originate from another collection not associated with the Museum.

Biography
No biographical information about Mr. Donald Packard is included in the collection. He generously donated these copy photographs to the Museum for research purposes only. Some of these same photographs can be found in the other collections.

Willie M. "Bill" Pickett:
Pickett was born on December 5, 1870 or 1871 in the Jenks-Branch community of Travis County, Texas. He was the second of 13 children born to Thomas Jefferson Pickett, a former slave, and Mary Gilbert. Pickett attended school through the fifth grade, after which he took up hard ranching work.

He invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. Pickett's method for bulldogging was biting a cow on the lip and then falling backwards. This method eventually lost popularity as the sport morphed into the steer wrestling that is practiced in rodeos today. Pickett and his brothers started their own company, the Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association, to offer their services as cowboys. He also made a living demonstrating his bulldogging skills and other stunts at county fairs.

In 1905, Pickett joined the 101 Ranch Wild West Show that featured the likes of Buffalo Bill, Will Rogers, Tom Mix, and Lucille Mulhall. He was headlined as the "Dusty Demon." Colonel Zack Miller of the 101 Ranch described Pickett as “…the greatest sweat-and-dirt cowhand that ever lived, bar none.” He was such a popular performer that he also appeared in some early motion pictures.

In 1932, Bill Pickett was kicked in the head by a horse while working horses at the 101 Ranch and died of his injuries eleven days later on April 4, 1932, at the age of 61. Will Rogers announced his funeral on the radio. He is buried north of Marland, Oklahoma.

Pickett was named to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971 and was the first black honoree to that organization. He was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1989.

Sources:
Powell, Lee. “Bill Pickett: An Unlikely Rodeo Pioneer,” The Sports Page, December 3-9, 2004.

Scope & Content Note  

The collection with accession #90.32 contains two photographs and two negatives of the same photograph. The photographs are of Bill Pickett. All photographs and negatives are restricted and cannot be duplicated. The collection with accession #90.57 contains five photographs and three negatives of Bill Pickett. One photograph includes Bob Crosby. All of the photographs and negatives are restricted and cannot be reproduced.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Pickett, Bill, ca.1860-1932

Subject Headings:
Cowboys
Miller Bros. & Arlington 101 Ranch Real Wild West (Organization)
Photographs

Processing Information  

These collections were accessioned on December 20, 1990. Librarian Karen Spilman wrote the scope and content note in March 2003. The current finding aid was written and posted online by archivist/librarian Laura Anne Heller in November 2009.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Donald Packard 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. Please remember, photographs in this collection cannot be duplicated.

Preferred Citation  

Donald Packard Collection, Box ##, Folder ##, Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Container List  

Series 1: Donald Packard Collection
Photographs have been cataloged in the Image Archive Database; no images will accompany these records.
Box/Folder # Accession # Folder Title/Description
1/6 90.32.1 Bill Pickett (1870-1932). 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Photograph, b&w, 8x10 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce; Copy from the Willie Bea Royal Collection.
90.32.1N Bill Pickett (1870-1932). 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Safety film negative, b&w, 4x5 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce; Copy from the Willie Bea Royal Collection.
90.32.2 Bill Pickett (1870-1932). 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Photograph, b&w, 8x10 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce; Copy from the Willie Bea Royal Collection.
90.32.2N Bill Pickett (1870-1932). 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Safety film negative, b&w, 4x5 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce; Copy from the Willie Bea Royal Collection.
1/7 90.57.1 Bill Pickett(1870-1932)[sitting on a cotton wagon, a woman and girl are standing next to wagon], 1908. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Photograph, b&w, 8x10 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce; Copy from the Willie Bea Royal Collection.
90.57.1N Bill Pickett(1870-1932)[sitting on a cotton wagon, a woman and girl are standing next to wagon], 1908. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Safety film negative, b&w, 4x5 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce; Copy from the Willie Bea Royal Collection.
90.57.2 Bill Pickett throwing a steer with his teeth at 101 Ranch. 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Photograph, b&w, 8x10 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce.
90.57.3N Bill Pickett and 6 cowboys sitting on horseback with a herd of cattle in background. 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Safety film negative, b&w, 4x5 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce.
90.57.4-1 Bill Pickett and 3 cowboys sitting on horseback in an arena; The cowboy on left is Bob Crosby. 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Photograph, b&w, 8x10 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce.
90.57.4-2 Bill Pickett and 3 cowboys sitting on horseback in an arena; The cowboy on left is Bob Crosby. 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Photograph, b&w, 8x10 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce.
90.57.4N Bill Pickett and 3 cowboys sitting on horseback in an arena; The cowboy on left is Bob Crosby. 1900 ca. Glass Plate Store, publisher. Safety film negative, b&w, 4x5 in. Restricted; Cannot reproduce.
90.57.5 Bill Pickett bulldogging, Sheepshead Speedway Stampede 1916. Photograph, b&w, 3.25x4 in. Copy photograph. Restricted; Cannot reproduce.

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