Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Barry Corbin:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1946-2006, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Corbin, Barry, 1940-
Title: Barry Corbin Papers,
Dates: 1946-2006
Abstract: The collection describes the life and career of Barry Corbin, a noted actor, writer, and Texas Tech alumnus.
Collection # AV 88
Quantity: 3 boxes (3.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Barry Corbin (full name Leonard Barrie Corbin) was born October 10, 1940 in Lamesa, Texas. His father, Kilmer Corbin, was a lawyer and a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate from 1949-1957; and his mother, Alma LaMerle (Scott) Corbin, taught elementary school. Barry graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, before studying theater at Texas Technological College. Barry joined the Marine Corps and after being discharged in 1963 returned to acting. His first jobs were sporadic, and he spent most of the 60s traveling the country to act in regional Shakespearean theater and with touring companies.

In 1977 Corbin moved to Hollywood and began writing plays for National Public Radio and pursuing a career as an onscreen actor. During 1979 he was cast in Urban Cowboy, which launched his career in movies and television. Barry spent the 80s acting in supporting roles for movies and TV shows including War Games and Dallas, and in the early 1990s landed a role on the hit TV series Northern Exposure, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. He also appeared as Arkansas deputy Roscoe Brown in the televised mini-series Lonesome Dove. Barry has acted in many Western-themed films, and enjoys playing the role of a cowboy.

Corbin is also a talented author who has written and collaborated on many scripts. In 1996 Barry appeared in a one-man play he co-wrote with Lubbock poet/singer-songwriter Andy Wilkinson, Charlie Goodnight’s Last Night.

In the 21st century Corbin has continued to appear in major films and television series, which notably include the Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men (2008), the hit TV series One Tree Hill (91 episodes, 2003-2011), and Anger Management (100 episodes, 2012-2014). He currently has several projects in production and operates a ranch near Fort Worth.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials relating to Corbin's family, education in Lubbock and at Texas Technological College (later Texas Tech University), financial records from 1992 to 2006, and performances as early as 1961. Current holdings comprise two boxes of printed material, photographs, sketches, personal correspondence, financial records, awards, newspaper clippings, scripts, and scrapbooks. In addition, one box of artiafcts contains a pair of spectacles, a leather folder, a U.I.L. medal from high school, and a commemorative award pin. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

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 (People)
Corbin, Barry, 1940-
Wilkinson, Andy
Subjects (Places)
Actors and actresses--Texas
Performing arts and literature

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Barry Corbin Papers, 1946-2006, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gift, 2010

Processed by

Leah Blackwell and Jon Holmes

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Art: Sketches, undated
2 Awards: American Cowboy Culture Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
3 Correspondence,1961-1993 and undated
4 Datebook, 2002
5 Directories: The Roundup, 1996
6 Financial Records: Record book, 1992-1993
7 Financial Records: Record book, 1993-1994
8 Financial Records: Record book, 1994-1995
9 Financial Records: Record book, 1995-1996
10 Financial Records: Record book, 1996-1997
11 Financial Records: Record book, 1997-1998
12 Financial Records: Record book, 1998-1999
13 Financial Records: Record book, 1999-2000
14 Financial Records: Record book, 2000-2001
15 Financial Records: Record book, 2001-2002
16 Financial Records: Record book, 2002-2003
17 Financial Records: Record book, 2003
18 Financial Records: Record book, 2004
19 Financial Records: Record book, 2005
20 Financial Records: Record book, 2006
21 Folder: "Bus Stop", undated
22 Memos: 20th Century Fox Television Interoffice, April 30, 1992
23 Newspaper clippings, 1965-1997, undated
box folder
2 10 Program: "A Girl Could Get Lucky", 1976
27 Written materials/manuscripts, undated
28 Vaccination record and business card, 1947 and undated


box folder
1 24 Branding at Jerry Taylor's Jack Ranch, June 22, 1991
25 Photographs, 1991-1993, 1997 and undated
26 Stills from Texas Technological College production of Peter Shaffer’s "Five Finger Exercise", 1961

Printed Materials

box folder
2 1 Call Sheet, September 3, 1987
2 Horse and Rider, April, 1993
3 "Online", January, 1992
4 The Roundup, "People", October 12, 1992
5 Roper Apparel, 1991 Calendar
6 Senate Journal, Austin, Texas, May 10, 1949
7 Theater Productions, undated
8 Travel Brochures/Postcards, 1969 and undated
9 Who’s Who in Entertainment, Post-Publication Update, undated


box folder
2 11 Kilmer Corbin, 1947-1953 and undated
12 Scrapbook, 1944, 1947, 1957-1970 and undated
13 Scrapbook, 1968-1971 and undated
14 Pages from partial scrapbook, 1978-1983 and undated
15 Scrapbook Part I, 1957-1993 and undated
16 Scrapbook Part II, 1957-1993 and undated
17 Scrapbook Part III, 1957-1993 and undated
18 Scrapbook Part IV, 1957-1993 and undated


box folder
2 19 Charlie Goodnight's Last Night by Andy Wilkinson, 1995
20 Crossfire Trail, 1999
21 Lieberman's Laundromat, undated
22 Northern Exposure, 1994
23 Suckerrod Smith and the Cisco Kid by Barry Corbin, undated
24 The Wildcats by Barry Corbin, undated
25 38th Annual Western Heritage Awards, 1999
26 39th Annual Western Heritage Awards, 2000


box item
3 1 Leather folder embossed "Barry Corbin",undated
2 U.I.L. State Meet "One-Act Play All-Star Cast" award medal, undated
3 National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration pin, 1991
4 Spectacles with caseundated