Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Bar S Ranch:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1872-1939, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Bar S Ranch (Tex.)
Title: Bar S Ranch Records,
Dates: 1872-1939
Abstract: Records and activities of the Bar S Ranch in west Texas.
Collection # S 64.1
Quantity: 1 box (1.0 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Located in Reagan County and Irion County, Texas, this 172,000 acre ranch was originally owned by the Sawyer Cattle Company (1884-1954). Later it was owned by the Blakley Braniff Association from 1954, when W. A. Blakley purchased the ranch, until 1975, when the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children became the owner. The ranch was managed by Louis Farr and his son and grandson, Louis Farr, Jr. and Louis Farr III, from 1918-1969. The name of the ranch was changed to Rocker b in 1954.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains business correspondence, legal documents such as leases, contracts, warranty deeds, bonds, and agreements, and financial documents such as promissory notes, receipts, redemption certificates, and cancelled checks of the Bar S Ranch (later the Rocker b).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Farr, Louis L. (Louis Lee), 1865-1930.
Subjects
Ranches--Texas.
Ranching--Texas.
Places
Bar S Ranch (Tex.)
Irion County (Tex.)
Reagan County (Tex.)
Rocker b Ranch (Tex.)
Tom Green County (Tex.)

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • El Capote Ranch Collection 1830-1917 and undated
  • Louis Lee Farr Papers, 1853-1948
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:
  • Farr, Louis Lee Farr III oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Mrs. Louis L. Farr Jr. oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Louis L. Farr III oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Esther Wilson Patterson oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
  • Many more oral histories may be found among our oral history abstracts as well as among our oral history transcripts.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bar S Ranch Records, 1872-1939, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
n/a

Gift, 1970

Processing Information

Processed by: Abel Ramirez, July 2002


Collection Inventory

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Business, 1884-1938



Legal Documents

Box Folder
1 2 Assorted Items, 1872-1939



Financial Documents

Box Folder
1 3 Assorted, 1881-1936
4 General Land Office Receipts, 1884-1902
5 Redemption Certificates, 1885
6 Cancelled Checks, 1894-1908