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W. W. Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1 (SC 8-14)
Identifier: 2002-250

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two publicity stills, one of Jim “Curly” Musgrave and one of Richard Olsen.


  • Creation: undated

Conditions Governing Access

The Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection has no restrictions and is available for research. If you are interested in researching the materials, please contact the Dickinson Research Center to make an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Biographical / Historical

“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!”

Source: 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.

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


0.08 Linear Feet (1 folder (small collections))

Language of Materials



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

Processing Information

The Blakeley Cowboy Poetry Collection was donated to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2002 by W.W. Blakeley.

This is a small collection.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73111 United States