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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
1577 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 88 Baxter Black Oh No, It's Gonna Go Higher The market was so hot on Monday. cattle, business, changing prices, dice, speculate, broker, banker, guru, horoscope, Elks Club, bid, moral, lessons, punishment, best offer, hero, money, profit
1578 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 89 Baxter Black The Insult Jimmy was so mad at ol' Billy. anger, mad, furious, Holstein, barbed wire, mother, father
1579 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 89 Baxter Black High Good The Holstein cross in a feet lot. packer buyers, grading standards, Angus
1580 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 90 Baxter Black The 20th Century Rustler Oh, where have all the rustlers gone. thief, steal, Remington, condemned, MBPXL, Iowa Beef, Amour, Swift, trade, Fat Buyer's Guide, discount, left handed pitchers, Yellow Sheet, foot rots, chronics, cheating, bad attitude, rustling
1581 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 92 Baxter Black Hi Tech Pig What I know about pigs you could put in a hat. friendly, fat, fertile, fried, pork, salads, sausage, crepes,31 Flavors, Piglet, Hamp, Hamlet, Clyde Barrow, Miss Piggy the Vamp, Porky the Champ, BLT's, food, fixed pork, tasteful meat, sow, feeding, increase weight ,high technological swine, genetically bred
1582 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 94 Baxter Black It's a Dog's Life It's a dog's life bein' a cat. diet, hanging out, calories, mouse, rough life, fur, Foster, Lawrence, Percival, humiliation, D Eight, marked territory
1583 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 97 Baxter Black Rainin' Cats and Dogs - narrative
1584 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 98 Baxter Black Move Over Ma - narrative
1585 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 99 Baxter Black Ol' Blue "I loved ol' Blue as much as a man. dog, friendship, closeness, age, help
1586 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 100 Baxter Black The Cowboy and His Dog There is a scene that is really pictorial. time immemorial, historical, characteristics of dogs, love, affection, friendship, obedience, misbehaving, mad, pot licker
1587 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 102 Baxter Black The Lost Dog I hope I didn't wake y'all, I know it's after nine. embarrassment, blue-eyed mongrel, children, age, replacement, filling a gap, missing, Saddle Mountain, women, emotions, upset, buggar, happiness,
1588 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 104 Baxter Black The Rest of Us He used to break horses, he used to herd sheep. dreams, imagination, hard work, reality, Livestock Gazette, handyman, Jack of all trades, ranch, ownership, poverty, roots
1589 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 105 Baxter Black Livin' in Town Livin' in town, boys, is hard, Lord, it's hard. country life, young family, baby, children, horses, poverty, money, saving money, privacy, independence, noise, nature, city life, dreams, reality
1590 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 106 Baxter Black Coffee Shop Communion You'll find 'em at the sale barn. farm sale, observe, watch, advice, gossip, opinion, point of view, variety of topics, chatting, solve the world's problems, Gerald Ford, Democrat, mankind, hanging out, pastime, rumors, cafe, meeting place
1591 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 116 Baxter Black Graduation "I'll make you proud you sent me," said the boy to his dad. education, school, profession, pride, dentist, civil engineer, financial support, loans, divorce, help, difficulties, uneducated father worries, providing money, thankfulness, nurse
1592 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 118 Baxter Black The AG Survival Test - not a poem
1593 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 120 Baxter Black Hangin' On, Hopin' and Prayin' for Rain There's a fingernail moon hangin' low in the sky. dry, worries, concerns, lack of money, banker, hope, town, seeds, nature, poverty
1594 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 124 Baxter Black Some Cowboy Philosophy - not a poem
1595 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 130 Baxter Black Luther and the Duck Huntin' - narrative
1596 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 132 Baxter Black Salmon Fishing - narrative
1597 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 136 Baxter Black Hot Cross Buns - narrative
1598 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 140 Baxter Black Tombstone of Canaan WANTED: A cowpoke to help gather pairs. Noah, Ark, buckaroo boss, animals, Flood
1599 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 144 Baxter Black Tradin' Horses - narrative
1600 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 146 Baxter Black The Horse Trader Have I got a deal for you. qualities, sicknesses, disadvantages, bad shape, poor health, bloodlines, race
1601 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 148 Baxter Black Where's the Horse Meat! The horse has distinguished itself in the past. cows. horse, inversion, Thoroughbred T-Bone, St. George, Trojan Guernsey, Attila the Hun, Astride, Hereford, Holstein, Jersey Express, General Napoleon, Custer, Red Gelding, hors d'oeuvres, Clydesdale filet, Shetland, Black Beauty, Angus, Appaloosa, horse show, carcass class