S. Omar Barker captured the West in writings

Does the Wild West capture your attention? Well, you are in luck and your place to wander over to is the New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections.

The ASC has the literary papers of famed Western-themed writers S. Omar and Elsa Barker. The couple were prominent writers who composed many short stories, poems, and other fictional works, which involve the cowboy western theme. The duo’s works appeared in magazines of national circulation such as the Saturday Evening Post, Western Horseman, TrueWest, Old Westand the New York Times.

S. Omar Barker was known as “SOB” and was born June 16, 1894, in Beulah, New Mexico. During Barker’s lifetime, he held many occupations before writing full-time. His occupations included teaching high school English, Spanish and Latin in Tularosa and he was principal of the Santa Rosa High School briefly. In 1916, he became a forest ranger stationed in the Carson National Forest. In 1917, he enlisted with the 502nd Engineers, American Expeditionary Force, and served during World War I in France. Having contracted tuberculosis, upon discharge in 1918, he spent time recuperating at Fort Bayard, New Mexico.

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