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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
126 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 110 Baxter Black Of the Land We are of the land.
127 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 66 Baxter Black Old Bulls If our wives had packed their husbands; With the care we buy a bull; There'd be a lot more bachelors on the street.
128 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 106 Baxter Black Old Times He was just another geezer with a weary repertoire.
129 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 202 Baxter Black Outfitter's Jerky In hunting camp an outfitter leaned down and stirred the fire.
130 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 148 Baxter Black Pestilence Piojos! Lice! The biting kind.
131 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 90 Baxter Black Power Professional Processing Team It struck in late October like a plague of mustard gas.
132 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 42 Baxter Black Prolapse from the Black Lagoon It came from outta nowhere, like a prolapse in the night.
133 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 68 Baxter Black Proud Cut Holstein Steer I'll never know just how I got that proud cut Holstein steer.
134 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 162 Baxter Black RC and Bud R.C. is an animal lover.
135 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 171 Baxter Black Reindeer Flu You remember that Christmas a few years ago; When you waited all night for ol' Santy to show.
136 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 89 Baxter Black Renegade Cow Just bring'er on home, the foreman had said; That is, if I found her, of course.
137 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 204 Baxter Black Rhino Love Dr. Fosse, once of Pretoria, commented that most of my stories involved wrecks.
138 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 16 Baxter Black Rich Farming If wheat gets up to seven bucks I'll hoard it, yessiree; Till the grain bin's overflowin' or it gets back down to three.
139 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 14 Baxter Black Romantic Cowboy There's nothing like an evening to calving to promote the romantic image of the cowboy.
140 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 138 Baxter Black Roper's Rule As I look back on my career, it never did exist.
141 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 146 Baxter Black Salesman's Dilemma I had sold a magic bolus to a farmer.
142 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 38 Baxter Black Samaritan Angel "He's been hurt," cried out the angel, "That ol' counterfeit went down.
143 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 176 Baxter Black Sanity's Emission Sticker The word came down last Christmas that Santy was not in compliance.
144 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 51 Baxter Black Second Time Around We must sell it, I told Mother, for we really have no other choice.
145 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 150 Baxter Black She Does the Books This is my wife. She does the books.
146 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 112 Baxter Black Shoein' Pig eye "Just count me out," said Wilford as he lay there in the dirt.
147 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 136 Baxter Black Slick the Super horse I sat on a piece of art work.
148 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 200 Baxter Black Springtime in the Rockies Ah, springtime.
149 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 74 Baxter Black Ted's Big Steer Ted and his dad needed some cows to stock their little ranch in Oklahoma, and they needed 'em right away.
150 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 19 Baxter Black The West They don't call it Death Valley for nuthin'.