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.

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.

Personal Names:
Barnett, Bud
Diamond Bar Ranch

Subject Headings:

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.

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

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

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]