Dickinson Research Center Logo National Cowboy & Western Heritage Logo
Skip Navigation Links

Introduction

Scope & Content Note

Subject Terms

Processing Information

Copyright

Restrictions on Access

Preferred Citation

Container List

Search the Library Catalog

Search the Image Archive Database

Guide to the Samuel Thomas "Booger Red" Privett Papers

Samuel Thomas "Booger Red" Privett Papers, 1895-2007
4 boxes
Collection#: MS102

Biography
Samuel Thomas "Booger Red" Privett was born in west central Texas sometime in the 1860s. His nickname came from his red hair and scars from a childhood accident. Booger grew up on ranches and became known for his skill with horses. The stories say he often challenged local residents of towns his wild west show performed in to bring their rowdiest bucking horse to the show, and if he was tossed off while riding it, he would give the owner a hundred dollars. Legend says he never had to pay up.

In December 1895, Booger married Mollie Webb. They decided to start their own traveling Wild West show, The Booger Red Wild West Wagon Show, in which both of them performed with Booger Red as the chief attraction. They had six living children: Roy (1896), Ella (1897), Thomas (1902), Luther (1906), Alta (1908) also known as "Lady," and William (1915) also known as “Bill,” who travelled and performed with them. As the children grew older, they began branching off and joining different circuses. Ella and her husband Frank Linton worked as performers in Tom Mix’s circus for several years.

Booger died in Miami, Oklahoma, in 1924. Because of financial difficulties, he was buried without a headstone. In January of 2011, through the efforts of people around the state, a grave marker was dedicated.

Scope & Content Note  

The Papers contain original photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, and two date books owned by Ella Privett Linton with occasional entries about her daily activities while working for a circus. There are also copy photographs and negatives taken by Charlsie Poe, and the resulting books: World Champion Cowboy: Booger Red by Charlsie Poe and Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days edited by Jim and Judy Lanning.

The Family series contains original documents from Linton and concerns all members of Booger Red’s immediate family. It contains mostly photographs, grouped by sitter, but also a few letters and data books.

The Books and Research Materials series concerns items gathered by Jim and Judy Lanning and Charlsie Poe, when they were writing their books about Booger. These items include correspondence with other writers, copies of newspaper articles, and copies of original Privett family pictures.

The Miscellaneous series contains magazine articles unrelated to any specific member of the Privett family.

Subject Terms  

Personal Names:
Beck, W.C.
Futch, Alta "Lady" Privett
Poe, Charlsie
Privett, Ella
Privett, Luther
Privett, Roy
Privett, Samuel Thomas "Booger Red"
Privett, Tommy
Privett, William "Bill"
Simms, W.L.

Subject Headings:
Circus
Photographs
Rodeo

Processing Information  

In November 2010, Jim Lanning donated the materials after Ella Privett Linton had given them to him. Much of the Papers had previously been loaned from the family to author Charlsie Poe to be used in the biography she wrote about Booger Red.

Ownership & Literary Rights  

The Samuel Thomas "Booger Red" Privett Papers 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  

Samuel Thomas "Booger Red" Privett Papers, MS 102, Box # Folder #, Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Container List  

Box Folder Folder Title
I. Family
Booger Red
1 1 Outline of "The Life and Times of Booger Red," by Chris R. Hurd, April 12, 1990
2 List of names of people from Bronte and Ballinger, Texas, undated; Printed excerpt from a book, undated; Printed articles from the internet, printed April 4, 2003
3 Newspaper, Raton Advance-Roby Star, January 18, 2007
4 Photographs of Booger Red, Mollie, and family group, undated
Roy Privett
5 Photographs, undated
Ella Privett Linton and Frank Linton
6 Datebooks with daily information, 1927-1929
7 Newspaper, The Billboard Weekly, December 24, 1949
8 Newspapers: unknown from 1915, The New York Evening Journal, March 19, 1937, The Kansas City Times, February 27, 1984
9 Magazines: The Wild Bunch, February 1980, True West, January 1984
10 Letter from circus performer W.L. Simms, January 1, 1951
11 Postcard present from Hank Privett, 1914
12 Photographs, undated; postcards, 1908-1913
Tommy Privett
13 Photographs, undated
Luther Privett
14 Photographs thought to be Luther, undated
Alta "Lady" Privett Futch
15 Photographs, undated
William "Bill" Privett
16 Photographs, undated
Unknown photographs
17 Rodeo, undated
18 Circus, undated
19 Miscellaneous, undated
2 1 Group circus photograph, ripped, undated
2 Group circus photograph, ripped, undated
3 Group circus photograph, rolled, undated
Box Folder Folder Title
II. Books and Research Materials
3 1 Book, Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days, edited by Jim and Judy Lanning, 1984
2 Book review of Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days from The Lariat, Oregon, June 30, 1986
3 Letter to Jim Lanning, May 30, 1986; photocopy of newspaper article concerning Ella Privett, San Francisco Chronicle, May 30, 1915
4 Draft of lending contract, undated; letter to Jim and Judy Lanning, August 29, no year; handwritten notes of Booger Red's burn accident, undated
5 Photocopy of Mollie Privett's obituary with researchers notes, September 20, 1969
6 Book, World Champion Cowboy: Booger Red by Charlsie Poe, 1991
7 Book jacket, undated
8 Photocopied excerpt, undated
9 Introduction to book, undated; correspondence between Poe and W.C. Beck concerning the introduction, November 1990
10 Photocopies of biographical information for Booger Red, compiled by W.C. Beck, sent to Charlsie Poe, undated
11 Photocopies of writings on postcards and pictures, undated
12 Photograph copies of original Privett family pictures, taken by Charlsie Poe, arranged by her number system, undated
13 Photograph copies of original Privett family pictures, taken by Charlsie Poe, arranged by her number system, undated
14 Negatives to Charlsie Poe's copy photographs, picture numbers 1-36, undated
15 36-57, undated
16 61-93, undated
4 1 97-129, undated
2 118-163, undated
3 B-Z, undated
4 DD-UUU, undated
5 4D-ZZZ, undated
6 Not printed, undated
7 Envelope explaining Charlsie Poe's system for organizing some of her negatives, undated
III. Miscellaneous
8 Magazine article, "Fearless Flores Family," Texas Monthly, August 2002
9 Photocopy of "Blood and Guns: The Texas Devils," by Robert Elman, Guns and Hunting Magazine, November 1966
10 Article, "Great Plains Canal and Avalon Dispatch," by Vernon Payne, 1987
11 Pages from Texas Highway Magazine, January 1985
Dickinson Research Center
at the
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 (405) 478-2250
Copyright © 2017 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum