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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
1002 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 94 Baxter Black Lookin Back - not a poem
1003 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 93 Baxter Black Doctorin' Cats and Dogs - not a poem
1004 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 92 Baxter Black Cowboy Astrological Signs - not a poem
1005 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 90 Baxter Black Hello. I'm from The Government... I'm Here To Help You Mr. President I guess we know you mean well. brag, crops, apple pie, prairie, white face cattle, beef cows, price freeze, loan, wheat, succotash, embargo, inspections, pinto beans, civil servants, filling out forms, forms, pesticides, fertilizer, children, bureau-crats, interference, government help, OSHA, I.R.S., Washington machines, taxes, sun, rain, nature, weather, complaints, food, ol' pork, beans, Constitution, Congressman, no want for help, politics, rules, prices
1006 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 89 Baxter Black The Super salesman Slicker'n deer guts on a doorstep! drugs, miracle drug, cure, guaranteed results, foot rot, gophers, buffalo thighs, horses, corns, Angus, horns, girls, fire, glow, goats, disposition, lovers, turpentined cats, blindfolded bats, dog, aphids, flu, weed, innertube, bread, thread, Rubik's cube, gastric distress, barbecue stains, cash, money, five dollar bill, remedy, cure-all, medicine
1007 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 88 Baxter Black Free Advice - not a poem
1008 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 87 Baxter Black Texas Hill Country - not a poem
1009 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 86 Baxter Black A Poem Entitled The Horse If the subject is horses, I'll say. characteristics of horses, attitude, variety of horses, behavior, observe horses, uniqueness, pasture, paddock, stall, bloodlines, breed, horses, distinguish horses
1010 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 84 Baxter Black Lake Valley Dance - not a poem
1011 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 83 Baxter Black The Vegetarian's Nightmare Ladies and diners! I make you. confession, shame, disgrace, garden, plants, feelings, vegetables, carrot, whimpering carrot, tater, radish, True Value spade, celery, squash, tomatoes, Romaine, pain, screaming vegetables, onions, parsley, slice, peel, butcher vegetables, cutting vegetables, innards, torture, salad, chick peas, suffering, plant's rights, crusade, A.C.L.U., bleu cheese, guilt
1012 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 82 Baxter Black Calf Kit - not a poem
1013 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 81 Baxter Black The Cowboy And The Lady She was tall and seductive, limber and lean. attraction, politeness, friends, anger, swear, frail fraulein, sweet talk, make impression, candlelight, roses, wine, chivalrous, doodly, swing, obscene gesture, revenge, instructions, advise, women, cowboys, lady ,hate for men, unfriendliness, misunderstanding
1014 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 95 Baxter Black A Time to Stay, a Time to Go Ya know, I got this ranch from my daddy. 1917,work, settle, percheron, horse team, 1950, marriage, memories, home, family, life, change, trinkets, mementos, leaving, sell, selling out, attic, dad
1015 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 96 Baxter Black Origin of Chronics - not a poem
1016 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 103 Baxter Black The Cow Committee Once upon a time. beginning, start, creation, angels, cows, cattle, horns, hide, ears, pure breed, purebred
1017 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 102 Baxter Black Take Care of Yer Friends Friend is a word that I don't throw around. friendship, dependable, values, people, support
1018 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 100 Baxter Black The Mechanical Bull - not a poem
1019 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 99 Baxter Black Colder Than a Banker's Handshake Jake, it's time for a chat. loan, money, audit, books, note, finance, financed, gain, loss, schemes, money-making, ventures
1020 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 98 Baxter Black My Last Will and Sediment Bein' of sound mind and body. Being of sound mind and body, death, dying, dead, burial, last will and testament, body parts, remains
1021 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 104 Baxter Black Heifer's Hood Ornament - not a poem
1022 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 108 Baxter Black Hello, My Name is Mud - not a poem
1023 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 110 Baxter Black Advertise Beef - not a poem
1024 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 111 Baxter Black Sliced Too Thin - not a poem
1025 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 112 Baxter Black Action News Reporter - not a poem
1026 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 114 Baxter Black Headlines: 1993 - not a poem