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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
151 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 210 Baxter Black Therapeutic Goat Goat: 1) The most widely domesticated ruminant in the world.
152 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 157 Baxter Black Toast It gives me great pleasure to stand here today.
153 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 130 Baxter Black Tom Ed Tom Ed's a good boy but missin' a screw where the clutch fits into the saw.
154 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 198 Baxter Black Trouting Not quite twilight.
155 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 100 Baxter Black Truck (My Kinda Truck) I like a pickup that looks like a truck; And not like a tropical fish.
156 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 179 Baxter Black Twelve Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas my new love gave to me.
157 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 145 Baxter Black Two Jumps Two Jumps said he used to ride bulls.
158 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 73 Baxter Black Two Man Job So there I was pulling one end of the wire, patching fence.
159 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 188 Baxter Black Vegetable Defamation Trail It was a severe case of vegetable defamation the makin's of a landmark case of harassment and abuse.
160 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 213 Baxter Black Veterinary Diagnostic Voice Mail Hello. You have reached the automated voice mail of Triple A.
161 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 160 Baxter Black Visiting Dogs When I hear a truck pull up in front of the house and the pandemonium of dogs barkin' that would wake a hibernating mastodon, I relax.
162 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 30 Baxter Black Waiting for Daddy "Mama, when's Daddy comin' home? Is it time to worry yet?"
163 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 111 Baxter Black Water The big boy land developers hired them a worn out hack.
164 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 178 Baxter Black What's Christmas to a Cow? I know you've prob'ly asked yourself, what's Christmas to a cow?
165 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 220 Baxter Black Why Cowboy Poetry's Funny Cowboy poetry's mostly funny but, it's just to keep from cryin'.
166 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 194 Baxter Black Wilderness Wall If you've been losing sleep at night about the public land, Yer not alone.
167 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 86 Baxter Black Wondered How He'd Tell Her The rancher told his foreman, "Looks like things are getting' tough; The price of calves is deadly, hell, there may not be enough.
168 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 60 Baxter Black WW (The New WW) It was a fairly nice day for Cut Bank in early April.
169 A Cowful of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-43 98 Baxter Black Yellow Ribbon The woman stood in line.
170 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 3 Elliott S. Barker Boy With A Willow Pole A barefooted boy with a willow pole; Goes scampering out to his fishing hole, A clear, swirling pool in a mountain brook; Where red-bellied trout often take his hook. trout, youth, childhood, growing up, spanking
171 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 4 Elliott S. Barker Wildflowers Wild flowers, like glistening gems in the crown of a king, Both beauty and charm to the roadsides and wilderness bring. flowers, nature
172 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 4 Elliott S. Barker A Wedding Toast May you happiness have, And the best of health; May your labors return; You a bit of wealth. fate
173 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 5 Elliott S. Barker Wilderness Calls Again I must go to the wilderness, To mountains beneath blue sky, And all that I ask is my faithful horse; With game trails to guide him by. nature
174 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 5 Elliott S. Barker Trail Riders of the Wilderness Trail Riders of the Wilderness; Are men and woman quite apart.
175 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 6 Elliott S. Barker Mountains The mountains are lovely in the spring; When plants awake to bud and bloom; And birds have returned to nest and sing, While streams from melting snow drifts boom. seasons, nature