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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
1102 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 151 Wesley Beggs Home on the Rangeland My home is on the rangeland, far away from any town. Rockies, nature, Rocky Mountains
1103 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 152 Wesley Beggs The Locoed Sheep When you get to be a loco. song, loco weed, dope
1104 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 153 Wesley Beggs The Cowboys' Last Retreat Well, Flood, old pard, cold, cruel fate. friend, friendship, prison, penitentiary, jail, pardners, life
1105 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 156 Wesley Beggs Farewell to Montana, the Gem of the West Farewell to Montana, the Gem of the West. roam, sorrow, children, loss
1106 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 158 Wesley Beggs Oklahoma, Meaning Beautiful Land Oh, let us look back to that country again. song, south, nature
1107 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 160 Wesley Beggs Flannigan's Pan Cake Flannigan, the bachelor, lived up in a hall. pancakes, school teacher, food, bake, cooking, wife, spouse, ore, assayer, gold, Irish
1108 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 162 Wesley Beggs Give Me the Woman Who Loves the Fresh Air Oh, give me the woman who loves the fresh air. female, girl
1109 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 164 Wesley Beggs On the Bellefouche Far Away Talk about your pretty countries and a climate all superb. Black Hills, South Dakota, Sioux, Wounded Knee, Sitting Bull, Standing Rock, nature
1110 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 167 Wesley Beggs When Lovina Was My Sweetheart So Many Years Ago 'Midst the green fields of Ohio as the western sun reclines. love song, romance, girlfriend, boyfriend, lover, Ohio
1111 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 170 Wesley Beggs Leaving the Old Farm for the City I say, dear wife, we'll pack our trunks and to the city go. Plugmyer, fashion, modern, marriage, husband, wife, money, happiness, home [Old Mr. and Mrs. Plugmyer leave their quiet home for the city, and are led away by fashions, and become gay, but at last return to the old farm.]
1112 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 174 Wesley Beggs The Horrors of a Prison Cell Well, Pard, old boy, cold cruel fate. prison, penitentiary, jail, fear, Jesus Christ, religion, Christianity, belief, God
1113 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 178 Wesley Beggs Just to Be a Rancher's Wife When the rose bud greets the lily. spouse, husband, wife, marriage, family, home, work, female, woman, women, occupation, profession
1114 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 180 Wesley Beggs Far From My Happy Home I've wandered far from thee, dear wife. song, marriage, spouse, husband, memory, memories, life, past, lonely, loneliness, aging, love, death
1115 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 183 Wesley Beggs To the Cranky Freight Agent I thank you for your photograph. Alturas, California, railroad, NCO, N.C.O., Mr. Holigan
1116 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 185 Wesley Beggs Farewell to My Saddle and Rope I will now quit the range of the cattle. Jesus, Jesus Christ, Christianity, religion, belief, God, afterlife, death, farewell, hope
1117 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 188 Wesley Beggs The Morning Glory Hills There's a thousand gems of beauty. Stillwater, Red Bridge, nature, Montana, Yellowstone
1118 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 5 Baxter Black The New Hat - narrative
1119 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 8 Baxter Black Occupation: Cowboy Somebody said, "You a cowboy?" dress, hat, feathery hat, saddle, pickup, four wheel drive, modern cowboy, fancy boots, Lone Star Beer, belt buckle, mechanical bull, Waylon, Perrier, ignorance, lack of knowledge, show off, IRS form
1120 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 11 Baxter Black The Dead Cow Ranch - narrative
1121 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 15 Baxter Black The Gambler - narrative
1122 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 28 Baxter Black Fixin' The Outhouse - narrative
1123 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 31 Baxter Black Life Beyond Fortrun - narrative
1124 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 39 Baxter Black Sellin' Prewitt's Cow - narrative
1125 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 44 Baxter Black People are Funny Critters Chapter Two There's.... Artichoke peelers and ex-Pittsburgh Steelers occupation, profession, people, poets
1126 A Rider, a Roper and a Heck'uva Windmill Man FC 11 B-13 53 Baxter Black That Good Ol' Red Rock Salt - narrative