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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
16174 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 21 Scott Redington The Lamb I saved a market lamb today.
16175 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 21 Scott Redington Bill and Susan Bill and Susan broke up last spring.
16176 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 32 Scott Redington The Search for Timbuktu The story is told about two gentlemen that died and went to heaven.
16177 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 33 Scott Redington Timbuktu We crossed the border.
16178 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 35 Scott Redington Tim-Buck-Two Me and old Tim.
16179 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 36 Scott Redington Conversation with a Dude Girl A dude girl walked into a bar.
16180 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 40 Scott Redington My Cabin in the Big Horns There's a solitary cabin, sort of off the beaten track.
16181 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 41 Scott Redington The Wyoming Cottonwood Growing in disorganized profusion along the rivers?
16182 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 60 Scott Redington An Indian Speaking of the Meadowlark Quiet children - Listen, hark.
16183 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 21 Scott Redington To His Former Wife She's a great little housekeeper, the cowboy said.
16184 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 25 Scott Redington A Halloween Poem "What does a poem like this have to do with cowboy poetry", you ask.
16185 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 30 Scott Redington In Memory of Hobo Ben I ain't got no education.
16186 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 49 Scott Redington Written Upon the Death of a Pardner God needed one more cowboy up in heaven.
16187 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 51 Scott Redington The Last Bull Ride Things didn't seem right when I woke up that day.
16188 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 53 Scott Redington Epilogue Three bull bells are now bronzed.
16189 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 55 Scott Redington Lament of the Electronic Cowboy I'm the kind of cowboy that expects an honest deal.
16190 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 61 Scott Redington On Educating Cattle I was punching cows one season, as I'm very proud to state.
16191 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 58 Scott Redington The Night They Raided the Elks Club The story is told in the local paper.
16192 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 21 Scott Redington The Cat The Tom Cat sat on the feed room floor.
16193 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 59 Scott Redington The Meadowlark The Wyoming State Bird in the Meadowlark.
16194 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 42 Scott Redington To an Old Cottonwood Ancient cottonwood against the sky.
16195 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 44 Scott Redington Thoughts of a Farmer -- Losing His Land The gavel sounded like a pistol shot.
16196 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 63 Scott Redington Founding Sheridan A thought of early times out west.
16197 Cowboy Poems from Mona Flatts FC 11 R-28 64 Scott Redington Mona Flatts -- An Explanation When my Grandparents arrived in the Wyoming Territory.
16198 Verse for Aussie Children Carmel Randle FC 11 R-27 82 Zita Horton The Lifesaver It's foolishness to think that we