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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
1402 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 237 E.A. Brininstool A Roar from the Bunkhouse Nary thing to eat Thanksgivin'. Thanksgiving, holiday, celebration, food, foodways, turkey, occupation
1403 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 239 E.A. Brininstool An Old-Timer's Lament No more we'll hear the driver's shout. old-timer, railroad, past, stagecoach, progress
1404 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 243 E.A. Brininstool The Way of the World Flush, and the world will greet you. money, wealth, poverty, fortune, misfortune, spend, borrowing
1405 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 241 E.A. Brininstool The Old Cowman's Choice You kin have yer car as it's standin' thar. car, automobile, cow pony, progress, machine, technology
1406 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 5 Everett Brisendine Everett Brisendine Says I had a saddle when I come here. saddle, 1927, Arizona, hard times, work, honor, labor, aging, life, seventy-seven years old, prosperity
1407 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 6 Everett Brisendine Ol' Cowboys Never Die Ol' cowboys are a breed. aging, bowed legs, wrinkles, Dutch ovens, gentleman, foodways, storytelling, dallies, jerking the slack, missing fingers, rawhide, pocket knife, feed, odor, dress, occupational lore, bowlegged, occupation
1408 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 15 Everett Brisendine Standin' Night Guard When you're ridin' around a night herd. night-herding, midnight, Big Dipper, cattle herd, night guard, horse, past, memories, occupational lore, occupation
1409 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 13 Everett Brisendine The Palace Bar If you ever come to Arizona. Arizona, Palace Bar, Southwest, Prescott, Whiskey Row, fortune, past, miners, whiskey, chop suey, Chinamen, leisure time
1410 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 12 Everett Brisendine Christmas in a Winter Camp When you are winterin' in a cow camp. winter, Christmas, holiday, cow camp, cold, snow, cedar wood, coffee, fire, gravy, foodways, grub, food, nose bags, Orejana, work, occupation, alone
1411 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 10 Everett Brisendine The Old Punchers' Reunion I flew down to Texas. Texas, San Antone, Junior Daugherty, fiddler, Johnny Whelan, harmonica, guitar, Hawaii, Karin Kaleamau, ukulele, Duff Severe, rodeo clown, Glen Ohrlin, Ken Trowbridge, Montana, Brownie Ford, Louisiana, Everett Brisendine, Old Punchers' Reunion
1412 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 9 Everett Brisendine Winterin' Alone At times you are so lonesome. solitude, loneliness, living alone, winter, home, reminisce, fiddle, read, books
1413 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 16 Everett Brisendine The Chuck wagon Cook I went to the T Bar S wagon. T Bar S, chuck wagon, cook, hunger, Dutch ovens, biscuit, food, foodways, Charlie Mullican, friendship, help
1414 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 17 Everett Brisendine Unsung Heroes of the West Listen to me for a minute. occupational lore, broken bones, bronc riding, doctor, nurse, heroes, medicine, bronc busting, occupation
1415 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 18 Everett Brisendine This Ol' House When I come into this ol' house. house, home, memories, tears, children, kitchen, family, birthdays, holiday, time, fate
1416 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 19 Everett Brisendine Watch It Some folks get so high and mighty. prosperity, wealth, pride, whiskey, Cadillac, money, creditors, loans
1417 Old Cowboys Never Die FC 11 B-16 32 Everett Brisendine They Just Ride Away Into the Setting Sun A lot of the boys are already gone. heaven, belief, life, death, setting sun, work, completion
1418 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 2 Everett Brisendine One Man of a Kind During my travels across this land. man, Chino, ranchhand, admiration, tribute, Everett Brisendine
1419 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 3 Everett Brisendine To Harry Cooney -- Albuquerque In the mail I got a letter. letter, mail, poet, writing, friendship
1420 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 4 Everett Brisendine In Memory of a Pardner These days I'm sad and lonely. sadness, loneliness, death, message, pardner, friend, friendship, belief, afterlife, empty saddle, memories, pardners
1421 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 5 Everett Brisendine To a Wonderful Lady I knew a little Lady. lady, wrinkles, aging, beauty, change, home, mother, Golden Rule, education, teacher, woman
1422 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 6 Everett Brisendine Springtime in Arizona Spring has come to Arizona. spring, Arizona, nature, West, satisfaction
1423 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 7 Everett Brisendine Arizona, Home Sweet Home When we came to Arizona. Arizona, home, breaking horses, open range, fences, youth
1424 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 8 Everett Brisendine Cowboy Country I camped down in a canyon. camp, friend, pardner, hobble, lion, bell, owl, coyote, food, pots and pans, Bally, wishes, hope, friendship, pardners
1425 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 9 Everett Brisendine The Happy Cowboy Way high on the mountain. mountain, tracking, birds, nature, canyon
1426 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 10 Everett Brisendine My Toeholt in the Foothills I've got a little place. place, foothills, Indians, belief, appreciation