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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
1652 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 186 Baxter Black Looney Lucy's Spa and Health Food Co-Op Come to Looney Lucy's spa and health food co-op. fern kabob, cure, Bermuda grass surprise, dishes, health food, cooking class, natural food, pills, herbs, taste
1653 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 192 Baxter Black Five Flat Now everyone I ever knew that did much work with stock. rope, roping, cowboys, pretenders, dream, nightmare, Leo Camarillo, steer, rodeo, corriente ox, cheering crowd, loop, contest, timing, dis-appointment, pain, hurting
1654 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 194 Baxter Black Ode to the Announcer Announcers are a special breed who constantly are looking. crowd, action, fashion, clothes, Porter Wagoner, Larry M, cordless mic ,interwieving, characters, contest, bareback double, gang announcing, com-petition, prison rodeo announcers, nudist camps, Dolly Parton jokes, Maalox, rodeo announcer, competition, clothing
1655 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 196 Baxter Black Cowboy Logic One morning bright and early we wuz goin' down the road. Hard Luck, rodeo stuff, bus, brakes, accident, bowling ball, dead, stiff corpse, Ft. Worth
1656 Coyote Cowboy Poetry FC 11 B-26 198 Baxter Black Legacy of the Rodeo Man There's a hundred years of history and a hundred before that. generation, cowboy chorus, bluebloods, hot bloods, Buffalo Bill Cody, General Custer, Pancho Villa, Sitting Bull, Jesse James, Royal Mountie, Freckles Brown, Casey Tibbs, Bill Pickett, catch pen, chute, wild animal, challenge, danger, sacrifice, pain, doubt, guts, love, glory,comittment L.E.
1657 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 1 Tina Burke Shearing Six car loads of shearers. rain, busy times, wool, tromper, pop cans, fast work
1658 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 2 Tina Burke The Love Of My Life I know I've promised to stand by your side. mean cow, hit by a cow, escape, being chased, argue, disagreement, fear,
1659 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 3 Tina Burke The Wink The dogs barked, and the sheep started milling. activity, excitement, work the sheep, devotion, love, achievement, pride, hit the ground, ewe, Sears, husband
1660 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 5 Tina Burke Keeping Fit at Cow Creek If your high-tech career is getting you down. stress, work, job, relax, exercise, rest, aerobics, solitude, peace, contentment, nature, environment, open space, escape, fast life, entertainment, docking, contentedness
1661 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 6 Tina Burke Why Couldn't They All Be Diamonds? Early each spring, Mother Nature schemes against. busy life, homemaker, mother, wife, duty, responsibility, sheep, care, lambing, maternity ward, nurse, janitor, wool, sheep shit, nanny berries, little black balls
1662 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 12 Tina Burke My Brother We've just been thinking of you. friendship, closeness, affection, helpful, good heart, Mother Nature, patience, generosity, character, birthday
1663 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 12 Tina Burke The Wagon An age ago now. summer pastures, memories, past, summer, nature, open sage, sheep wagon sagebrush
1664 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 13 Tina Burke Mrs. Good As you celebrate this birthday. celebration, family gathering, 100. birthday, strength, faith, hope, kindness, believe, love, good wishes
1665 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 14 Tina Burke Together With your family close around you. closeness, ties, bond, past, children, shared life, joined forces,
1666 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 15 Tina Burke And a Lady Some folks might kind of wonder. anniversary, memories, doubt, wedding, honeymoon, newlyweds, children, grandchild, family, commitment
1667 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 16 Tina Burke Thank You -- My Friend I don't know how to get to heaven. Lord, good example, mother, daughter, friend, burden, love, unselfish, caring, dignity, courage, friendship
1668 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 10 Tina Burke Untitled I found some old worn letters. memories, past, Buffalo Creek, weather, nature, friendship, family, love, Dry Creek, Mother's Day, winter, old photographs, phpne, contact, be in touch
1669 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 11 Tina Burke Christmas with Pete, the Cow horse Well, Pete, it must be Christmas. credit card, presents, family, K-Mart, commercialization, celebration, nature, peace, blessings, season, God, joy, cow pony, present
1670 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 8 Tina Burke To Be or Not to Be -- A Cowboy There's an elite, select group of people. idols, illustrious breed, Wyoming ranch girl, everyday life, woman, female, housework, thundering herd, Nevada chinks, care, comparison, knowledge, loan, help
1671 Collection of Wyoming Poetry: Seven Hundred Miles from The Pecos River FC 11 B-27 7 Tina Burke Side by Side We welcomed the storm, as a sure sign of spring. seasons, blizzard, weather, cold, ice, suffering animals, death, struggle, prayers, survival, spring, faith, fall, nature, Mother Nature
1672 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 5 Austin Campbell Introduction When I sat alone in winter. cold, memories, horses, outfit, gear, age, pass on memories, past, tales, younger generation
1673 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 6 Austin Campbell Jerry's Place Some times when I am dreaming. past, memories, bachelor, friendship, hospitality, simple, shelter, warmth
1674 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 8 Austin Campbell Austin's Story For years I'd been a drifter. bumming, town, city life, crowd, change, returning home, old days, old timers, future generation, memories, past
1675 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 9 Austin Campbell A Voice from the Past - not a poem
1676 Riding the Dim Trails FC 11 C-01 9 Austin Campbell Death of Wm. Lillard - not a poem