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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
1027 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 115 Baxter Black Brucellosis Eradication - not a poem
1028 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 118 Baxter Black Longhorns - not a poem
1029 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 120 Baxter Black Remember the Shorthorn? - not a poem
1030 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 121 Baxter Black Herefords Revisited - not a poem Herefords Revisited
1031 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 122 Baxter Black Frog-Kissing Nov. 2 - not a poem
1032 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 123 Baxter Black The Environmental Impact Statement There's a predator stalking the plains. government, Bureau of Land Management, BLM, B.L.M., environment, cattlemen
1033 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 124 Baxter Black James Watt - not a poem
1034 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 125 Baxter Black Word Disassociation - not a poem
1035 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 126 Baxter Black Animal Righters - not a poem
1036 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 128 Baxter Black Hirin' Cowboys - not a poem
1037 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 129 Baxter Black The Feedlot Cowboy - not a poem
1038 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 130 Baxter Black Stressful Journey - not a poem
1039 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 132 Baxter Black Gettin' Ready For Calvin' Time - not a poem
1040 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 133 Baxter Black Risks - not a poem
1041 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 134 Baxter Black Genetics - not a poem
1042 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 135 Baxter Black The Patented Heifer Paralyzing Device - not a poem
1043 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 136 Baxter Black Dry Cows and Dead Pickups - not a poem
1044 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 138 Baxter Black Sleeping Sickness - not a poem
1045 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 19 Wesley Beggs Go To It, Old Bronk, I've Called You Go to it, old Bronk, I have called you! bronc, bucking, buttons, West, wild, occupation, profession, horse, ride, riding, past, future, pitch, pitching, time passing, bronc busting
1046 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 21 Wesley Beggs The Merry Old Round-Up Gives the Best Exhibition of All Great exhibitions on the rangeland. roundup, show, broncos, wrangler, East, stock, livestock, Wild West Show, gall, stock
1047 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 38 Wesley Beggs A Talk With An Old Friend One day when I was roving on the foothills of the West. Henry Grammar, Texas, longhorn cattle, longhorns, Montana, Colorado, Osage County, Oklahoma, region, area, travel, birthplace, birth place, home
1048 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 37 Wesley Beggs The Cowgirl When Western winds would move the air. hair, tresses, bosom, female, girl, woman, beauty
1049 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 35 Wesley Beggs The Cowboy's Last Ride A young Cowboy rose early one morning. weather, occupation, storm, stray, store cabin, cards, gambling, drink, whiskey, Billy, shooting, death, gunshot, murder, kill, killing, drunk, fight, fighting, burial
1050 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 33 Wesley Beggs The Bucking Broncho, Dickinson, North Dakota There was a bronk in Dickinson. bronc, pitch, pitching, bucking bronco, bronc riding, bronc busting
1051 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 27 Wesley Beggs Oh! Those Days in North Dakota Away up in North Dakota, in the year of eighty-three. 1883, game, big game, Dickinson, Bad Lands, nature, city, cities, Charley Tear, cowboy artist, Charlie Russell, Montana, Great Falls, Harry Snow, Morgan Frank, friends, Coming King, Christ, belief, religion