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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
1427 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 11 Everett Brisendine Out of the West Comes a Booger The morning was sunny, the weather was mild. horses, truck, trailers, pickup, chew, square jaw, dress, gear, arena, roping, rodeo, brahma bulls, calf roping
1428 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 12 Everett Brisendine My Chocktaw I've rode a lot of Horses. horse, Chino Valley, pinto, colt, daughter, ringbone, limp
1429 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 13 Everett Brisendine The Mighty Pitchfork This show was two horse average. luck, show, score, judge, Henderson, second place, buckskin, Pitch fork, bronc riding, spur, rared up, fall, bronc busting
1430 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 14 Everett Brisendine Just Me I see you look me over. cowboy, occupational lore, occupation
1431 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 15 Everett Brisendine These Old Hands These old hands may be big and ugly. hands, work, Arizona, home
1432 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 16 Everett Brisendine The Buckskin with a Stripe Down His Back I rode out on a ridge. harem, mares, stallion, buckskin, remuda, stud, wild horses
1433 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 18 Everett Brisendine The Sleepered Bull of Beaver Canyon In Arizona's rugged mountains. Beaver Creek, Arizona, Beaver Canyon, wild cows, Sleepered Bull, calf, bull, branding
1434 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 19 Everett Brisendine A Tool of the Trade Don't condemn this old saddle. saddle, gear, Flagstaff, Navajo, hock, pawn
1435 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 20 Everett Brisendine The Orajana Bull I was ridin one morning. riding, Old Stranger, maverick, rope, Orajana Bull, roping, charging, bull
1436 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 22 Everett Brisendine A Cowboy is Going to Town In the mail I got a letter. East, mail, letter, invitation, rawhide, Smithsonian, Washington D.C., women, West
1437 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 23 Everett Brisendine The Big Roping I went into the Big Roping. roping, Corrientes, competition
1438 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 24 Everett Brisendine Life is Like a Game of Poker I went to church on Sunday. Sunday, church, preacher, God, poker, life, game, luck, belief, deal, cards
1439 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 25 Everett Brisendine A Cowboys Thinkin' The Good Book says there will be a great roundup. Bible, Judgment Day, heaven, afterlife, angels, belief
1440 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 26 Everett Brisendine Signs of the Times Seems like everybody going crazy. confusion, progress, modern day, politicians, politics, political parties, vote, taxes
1441 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 27 Everett Brisendine The Subdivisions I rode back into some Country. memories, progress, mobile homes, development, modern times, landscaping, dam, subdivisions
1442 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 28 Everett Brisendine All Kinds of Cowboys I could tell you a lot of stories. cowboys, story, windies, Dutch ovens, memories, occupational lore, occupation
1443 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 30 Everett Brisendine Never Give Up There are times everything goes wrong. luck, trouble, despair, hope, disappointment, quitters, winners, tenacity
1444 One Man of a Kind FC 11 B-17 31 Everett Brisendine Farewell to the Festival in Washington, D.C. Now folks I want to tell you. Washington, D.C., story, Arizona, memories, experience, East, West, folks, adios
1445 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 5 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner To: A Slightly Wonderful Old Gentleman--My Father Who used to hold me on his knee. father, childhood, parent, tribute, devotion
1446 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 6 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner Her Porch of Screen She was so small, barely five foot two. housework, wife, death, love, fragility, woman
1447 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 7 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner The Rim rocks There is a land called Utah...a land sunburned and dry. Utah, land, dry, rim rock, canyon, bunchgrass, Bitter Creek, children ,barefoot, play, memories, bittersweet
1448 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 8 Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner Brewer's Rock She towers a top her pedestal encircled by the sage. nature, prehistoric, rock, ranch, Brewer's Rock, time, aging, memories, life
1449 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 11 Frank A. Brewer Gusty Winds My name is Gusty Winds. wind, breeze, tornado, thunder, lightning
1450 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 12 Frank A. Brewer Old Horse Old horse your days are numbered. horse, Buck, lame, grass, companion, friendship, companionship
1451 Ballads of the Book Cliffs Frank A. Brewer and Frances Brewer Steiner FC 11 B-18 14 Frank A. Brewer Don't Feed Your Chickens Meat Mother nature made her chickens to thrive on corn and wheat. chickens, poultry, chicken feed, meat, meat-eaters, eagle, disposition