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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
101 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 21 Elliott S. Barker Why I Love Little Children My love for children knows no bound, I love to have the tykes around. mother
102 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 21 Elliott S. Barker My New Year Resolutions My New Year's resolutions stink, No matter how I make 'em. resolution
103 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 22 Elliott S. Barker Experience Versus Youth At sixty-five they turned me out; Like a worn out horse to graze. retirement, aging, old-age
104 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 23 Elliott S. Barker Exile Sing me the songs of the wilderness, The songs of the mountain bowers. nature, wilderness
105 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 24 Elliott S. Barker It May Be -- But -- They say that a dog is man's very best friend, But when a high mountain I have to ascend.
106 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 24 Elliott S. Barker Horseback Riding The exercise guaranteed best for one's health, Is riding a horse, if one's poor or has wealth.
107 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 25 Elliott S. Barker My Hearing Aid and I I'm deaf and use and instrument to hear, And yet I'm better off than most, that's clear. aging, ears
108 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 25 Elliott S. Barker Oh, No! Old soldiers never die, they say, They just retire and fade away.
109 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 26 Elliott S. Barker Treed by A Grizzly Bear Come listen my friends and I'll tell you how and where; I got myself treed by a she grizzly bear. Golden Bull trophy, New Mexico liar contest
110 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 30 Elliott S. Barker Apples and Onions Eat an apple a day; And keep doctors away; That's just an old saw; Which I learned from my pa.
111 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 31 Elliott S. Barker Quantity or Quality When a guy has two sweet gals; Who are hard to choose between; Many factors must be weighed; To decide who'll be his queen. dating, women, girlfriend, mate, marriage
112 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 32 Elliott S. Barker A Theory Sustained They say that the pleasure of anticipation; Is equal to that which experience brings, And leaving a little to imagination; Enhances the charms of all beautiful things. dark glasses, bathing suits, bikini, swimming
113 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 32 Elliott S. Barker Why We Fish Clear rippling waters and flashing trout; Will often lure anglers for many a mile. fishing
114 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 33 Elliott S. Barker A False Alarm Two storks had flown back to their nest late one night, Not far from the big University site. humor, sex, baby, babies
115 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 34 Elliott S. Barker Catastrophic Prescription The Veterinarian's hearing was bad, The errors he made very often were sad. veterinarian, humor, cat, cats, castor oil, domestic animal
116 A Medley of Wilderness and Other Poems FC 11 B-01 35 Elliott S. Barker Outdoors Heritage The outdoors deeply lies in American hearts, In America's cherished traditions. wilderness, stress, meaning of life
117 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 1 Elliott S. Barker Silent Calls The alpine forest's solitude, Thought silent, has a voice; Which I can hear when in the mood, I listen and rejoice. wilderness, nature
118 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 1 Elliott S. Barker El Cresto Del Mundo Tall, rugged peaks sky-ward life their crests, Majestic, lofty, almost sublime. mountain, mountains, climbing
119 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 2 Elliott S. Barker Our Land's Integrity From snow-capped peaks to desert sand, From sea to sea this is our land; For cities, farms and roads to use, But not one acre to abuse. conservation, natural resources
120 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 2 Elliott S. Barker Camp and Picnic Ethics It's a very firm precept which I require; When out on a picnic or camping jaunt, To completely extinguish each match and fire; No fire-blackened forest my trips shall haunt. litter, conservation, forest fire
121 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 80 Baxter Black Mr. Dewey's Hook and Chain I went out with Mr. Dewey, maybe learn a thing or two
122 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 78 Baxter Black Mud Sucker "You reckon I kin cut across?" The brand inspector asked.
123 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 82 Baxter Black Murphy's Law "By gosh, that's a new twist," thought Terry as he tightened his collar against the biting wind and stared at the heifer.
124 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 54 Baxter Black Night Man in the Heifer Lot I came on just after supper.
125 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 36 Baxter Black Nitwit Wisdom Nitwits are partial to wisdom that's usually corny and trite.