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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
1552 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 26 Bruce Brockett Harry Atchison Another man's gone from the bunch on the range. death, Great Divide, Harry Atchison, accidental death, operation, pain, anesthetic, hospital
1553 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 27 Bruce Brockett The Cowboy's Hope When the last bit of range is fenced up and gone. progress, honyok, fences
1554 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 29 Bruce Brockett Old Friends I watched two wore out ponies. horses, past, useless, put at rest,, work, toil, yesteryears, useful, strong, feeling, care, old-age, friendship, strength
1555 Fenced Trails FC 11 B-24 31 Bruce Brockett The Ring-Tailed Tooter "I'm a ring-tailed tooter," yelled Dusty Ben. gun, shooting, show off, braggart, straight shooter, action, fight, asking for trouble, mean, fearless, Brazos Bill, death, killing, forty-five -P-?-?-p-?-?-?-?-?-?
1556 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 2 Baxter Black The Spur I came to a low water crossing. trail, shank, dirt, past, sinner, saint, leather, muscle, bandit, settler, drifter, imaginations, cowpoke, lovers, honky tonk, renegade bronc, trapper, scout, buckaroo, professions, panner, story, unexplained story, mystery, one-legged man
1557 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 4 Baxter Black Coyote Cowboy Proverbs - not a poem
1558 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 8 Baxter Black Vanishing Breed? They call 'em a vanishing breed. preserve, books, pictures, dinosaur, Tex, Juniper Mountain, toughness, strength, Mike, bachelor, sagebrush aristocrats, Bryan, Albert, Floyd cowman, legend, extinct, endangered species, footnotes, Bull Feces, profession
1559 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 16 Baxter Black The Cowboy's Goin' Hollywood I was settin' in a caf? eatin' chili dogs and fries. friend, change, cowpuncher, Stetson, clothing, fashion, juju beans, designer jeans, Cadillac, Nashville, record, music, band, famous, success, singing lessons, clothing, friendship
1560 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 18 Baxter Black The Cowboy Gathering I went to the first annual ever. convention, cowboy poet, buckaroos, pokes, vaqueros, poppers, drovers, jakes, riding packers, colt sackers, Elko, Nevada, rubber check, poets, refrains, various subjects, topics, story , lack of time
1561 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 24 Baxter Black The Paradox The Saddle on the rack was priced at thirteen hundred bucks. craftsmanship, rawhide, good quality, leather, made-to-order boots, rattlesnake, silk scarves, Wranglers, designer shirts, Copenhagen cans, gourmet's snuff, inlaid spurs, slobber chains, fashion, style, expensive clothing, reality, hard work, authentic, meager pay
1562 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 26 Baxter Black The Cowboy And His Tapeworm The world is on a diet. cowboy's indifference, Mother Nature, self-sufficient, food, Montana, Rio Grande, ultimate consumer, grub, appetite, whiskey, diet pops, eat non-stop, overweight, lean, slim, chubby, healthy
1563 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 28 Baxter Black The Rooster with Spurs - narrative
1564 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 30 Baxter Black It Ain't Easy Bein' a Cowboy It ain't easy bein' a cowboy. Marlboro man, stereotype, Texas, Hollywood, imagination, Laredo, picture, unreal, exaggeration, image, Nashville, illegal alien, soap opera, dance card, Casey Tibbs, Louie L'Amour, John Wayne, Jessie James, twentieth century cowboy
1565 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 32 Baxter Black Talk About Tough! I've listened to varmints braggin'. Kansas, stubborn ,Peewilliker Mike, cold, sturdiness, fights, struggles, she-bear, unusual skills, teeth, rattlesnake, thrown, bucked, bob wire fence, stirrups, story, liar. barbed wire, fences
1566 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 34 Baxter Black The Old Stove-Up Cowboys of America - not a poem
1567 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 36 Baxter Black The Gay Caballero He wore a black hat and come up from Nevada. search for work, punching cattle, Virginia Slims, picky, choosey, fashion, style, Leroy Brown, bunkhouse, hair dresser, buns, cute, kiss, actor, tricked, cheated, employment, pink tights, joke, fooled
1568 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 38 Baxter Black Women and Mules He's got a black hat and he's broke. personality, bicycle spoke, cowboy, willing to work hard, rope, wrench, Bossman, charming, bar, children
1569 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 40 Baxter Black Lookin' Back All my life I've been eatin' trail dust. work, river, socks, smell, cold, heat, wet boots, woman, coffee, whiskey, beans, tough meat, nature, happiness, PhD's, green buckaroo, next generation, following footsteps
1570 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 48 Baxter Black High Tide in Wyoming They say that was a wet one. spring, Reno, fish in the tree ,Evinrude, Lubbock, Goodland, Kansas, Nebraska, North Platte, Pendleton, Rapid City, Ouray, Guymon, Livingston, Montana, Provo, Greenpeace, Utah whales, Phoenix, Fanta Fe, California, Iowa, Des Moines, story, tall tale talks
1571 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 54 Baxter Black Evolution of the Ranch Wife - not a poem
1572 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 62 Baxter Black Workin' Cows Down to Malta - narrative
1573 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 70 Baxter Black Crossbred Stew The steer that topped the show this year was partly Chianina. Simmental, Limousiners, Gelbvieh, Piedmontese, Charolais, Salers, Tarentaise, half blooded, quarter blooded, Longhorn, Murray Grey, Brahman, Santa Gertrudis, Brangus, Beef master, Bos Indicus, exotic crosses, Angus, Hereford, bloodlines
1574 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 72 Baxter Black Bentley the Born-Again Bull - narrative
1575 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 73 Baxter Black The Barroom Deal - narrative
1576 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 78 Baxter Black R.A. Attention, you gypos and traders. gambling, buy cows, prices, herd sire, heifers, tuberculosis, homogenous, bad luck, nefarious, hippopotamus, monotonous, preposterous, precipitous, ex-tinctofous, odiferous, habit, impetuous, bargain, sale, Rancher's Anonymous