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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
1627 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 115 Dee Strickland Johnson Champion of Statehood: Sharlot Hall My, how she opposed that new bill proposed, couched in words so grandiose!
1628 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 119 Dee Strickland Johnson Teresita, La Santa del Cabora My mother was a Tehueco Indian, My father--well, that was quite plain.
1629 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 124 Dee Strickland Johnson Belle of the Bar: Violet Hicks 'Twas a cold dark night in Prescott, January 'ninety-eight, The saloon quite populated for a snowy night so late
1630 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 128 Dee Strickland Johnson The Other Mother And what of the other cowboy? The one tha they called "unknown"
1631 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 129 Dee Strickland Johnson The Question of the Cow You killed my cow! said the Navajo, as he glared at the young Piute.
1632 Arizona Women: Weird, Wild and Wonderful FC 11 J-16 131 Dee Strickland Johnson Wild Flowers of the West We proceeded out West in '51 on the trail of the rough "forty niners,"
1633 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 14 Singin' Sam Agins Trail Herd Incident Musta' been eighteen days after we started the herd Somewhere up close to the Kansas line.
1634 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 20 Singin' Sam Agins Rawhide We were herdin' for the bunkhouse at a long easy lope, When I questioned my companion why he used a rawhide rope
1635 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 22 Singin' Sam Agins The Fatal Bottle of Booze Sourdought Sam and Panhandle Slim were playin' stud and tyin' one on
1636 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 26 Singin' Sam Agins The Old Silver Spruce Caf? I have no idea the young man said, When I asked when the name had changed
1637 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 28 Singin' Sam Agins Rancher's Widow There isn't any doubt about it, the ranch must be sold. Charlie's gone, the children are grown, and I am old.
1638 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 30 Singin' Sam Agins Star Boarder There he is, eatin' forty-dollar hay. Could be gettin' thirty a month for his stall.
1639 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 31 Singin' Sam Agins Ridin' There's some things about ridin' that have not been written of.
1640 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 35 Singin' Sam Agins A Letter to Big John How's your old bad back doin', John? And the fares? Have they been good?
1641 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 38 Singin' Sam Agins Prospector's Prayer The air was hot as Hades. Burning sand, gleaming white. No living thing but cactus, a bare and desolate sight.
1642 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 40 Singin' Sam Agins Dude Roundup Oh, give me a horse that I can ride, a Western bronc let me bestride.
1643 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 42 Singin' Sam Agins Strippie The Tetons were somewhat younger, when Strippie came along, just how much younger only Strippie will tell
1644 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 44 Singin' Sam Agins Trash Can Tillie Trash Can Tillie, they called her, she said.
1645 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 46 Singin' Sam Agins Farewell If, you're down and out, and feelin' kind of blue, and there ain't nothin' in the world, for a guy like you to do;
1646 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 47 Singin' Sam Agins Man's Boon When all else has failed you, and for fame in vain you've hunted, the reason you failed may be.
1647 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 48 Singin' Sam Agins Eight Years Old, Comin' Nine Mister, I'm just an old cow horse, my brand's been vented many a time.
1648 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 50 Singin' Sam Agins That Night at Louie's Social Hall Same place. Chandeliers, made of old kerosene lamps, with electic bulbs instead of flames.
1649 Rambler's Notebook: 50 Years of Scribblin': Songs & Poems from the Road FC 11 A-16 53 Singin' Sam Agins Not Even in the Race He came in with her last Monday night. She came in alone on Tuesday.
1650 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 182 Baxter Black All Natural Beef It's true that my steer is all natural. vaccines, drugs, pesticide, antibiotics, humor, slavers of science, chemicals, susceptible, disease
1651 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 184 Baxter Black Cowboy Preserves I've been searching for a reason as to why we live so long. life expectancy, medical research, Roman Meal bread, food, variety of preservatives, irony, expiration date