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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
1602 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 154 Baxter Black Doc, While Yer Here... Doc, sorry I called so late but you must be all through eatin'. service, nap, nooner, One Life To Live, bad working conditions, run downplace, asking for favors, complaints, doctor's bill, doctor, work
1603 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 156 Baxter Black The Vet's Wife's Refrigerator A scream from the kitchen. neighbor, restraint, eye of a sheep, test tubes, blood, guts, animal parts, remains, tissue samples, Whirl-Pack stew, storage, neighbors
1604 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 162 Baxter Black E.I.S. There's a predator stalking the plains.
1605 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 166 Baxter Black Hello, I'm from the Government.. I'm Here To Help Mr. President, I guess we know you mean well. pride, prices, campaign, embargo, unreasonable forms, imposed restrictions, control, bureaucracy, interference, Washington, independence, unwanted help
1606 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 168 Baxter Black The Young Politician He rose in the class, hand over his heart. politics, future career, fame, spotlights, cheers, complicated language, rhetoric, imaginations, running for president, illusions, dreams
1607 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 170 Baxter Black Food is for People, Not Profit! You've heard it said, no doubt, by those. 3rd World, hunger, food shortage, starvation, noble goals, altruism, logic, politics, selling grain, earn living
1608 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 171 Baxter Black Animal Lovers Let's talk about animal lovers. protest, hobby, earn a living, distinction, verbal expression, duty, care, protection, opinion, lip service, reality
1609 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 174 Baxter Black All I Want for Christmas All my clothes are laundry. wishes, wives, marriage, divorce, poor, new wife, three wives, ex-wives, bad luck, bride
1610 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 176 Baxter Black How the Angel Got on Top of the Christmas Tree - narrative
1611 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 180 Baxter Black Camp Cookie He's the tumbleweed chef and rides with the wagon. chuckwagon ,grub, cook, unclean, bad cook, gunpowder biscuit, meadowlark souffl?, rank coffee, dangerous cowboy life, last roundup club, Indians, gunfights, whiskey
1612 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 119 D. W. Groethe Only Cowgirls Give Cowboys the Blues She was long, sweet and lean, finest thing I'd ever seen
1613 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 121 D. W. Groethe Hell to Pay A rancher works the land with his horses, with his hands
1614 FC 11 T-06 no book, free number
1615 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 13 Dee Strickland Johnson The Great Western: Sarah Bowman Great Western was the largest steam ship that sailed the Atlantic Ocean, And Sarah was a sizable girl, who served the troops with devotion.
1616 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 21 Dee Strickland Johnson Sarah was a Darlin': The Great Western (Song) She's big and tall and nicely formed, completely indiscreet, Her height described diversely as 'twixt six and seven feet,
1617 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 25 Dee Strickland Johnson Victorio's Right Hand: Lozen I stand on the edge of the caprock, I stand on the rim of the world
1618 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 33 Dee Strickland Johnson Emma Lee of Lonely Dell When we started out from England, we felt our souls released
1619 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 51 Dee Strickland Johnson The Miner's Angel: Nellie Cashman From the famined fields of Ireland to America's teeming shore, Came Fanny Cashman with her daugthers, Fran and Nell.
1620 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 61 Dee Strickland Johnson The Sodom of Goose Creek Flat: Josephine Sarah "Sadie" Marcus Earp Have you heard how I came to Tombstone? It really was sort of a lark. Running away from home, was I, with Dora, my chum, to embark on a bit of risky venture with a Gilbert and Sullivan troupe,
1621 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 79 Dee Strickland Johnson The Saga of Big Nose Kate: Woman of Many Names Mary Katherine Haroney--few people knew the name. Those who did declared she'd never been a lady. She was born to aristocracy, but would earn her share of fame.
1622 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 92 Dee Strickland Johnson Mad Mollie Monroe My pet, have you yet met sweet Mollie Monroe? Most fashionable lady, I've known in my life! She's charming and culture; a beauty, you know, with manners befitting a good army wife.
1623 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 99 Dee Strickland Johnson Kissin' Jenny My name is Kissin' Jenny and I've earned it, don't you know. I'm the foremost Prescott girl of my profession. The Maricopa County gents all treated me to drinks on the eve of that big shindig of a session.
1624 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 103 Dee Strickland Johnson The Last Stage Robbery: Pearl Hart I thought I was rugged, I thought I was rough, I thought I was tougher, much tougher than tough.
1625 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 109 Dee Strickland Johnson They're Gonna Remember My Name! Pearl Hart (song) I came west when the west was wild Daughter of the dust--ol' Chindee's child. Gonna get rich! Gonna gain fame! Folks, by durn, are gonna know my name: Pearl Hart!
1626 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 111 Dee Strickland Johnson Jennie is Back in Town: Belgian Jennie Banters I am the wealthiest madam in Arizona Territory.