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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
176 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 7 Elliott S. Barker My Best Pack-In Trips My pack-in trips in the wilderness, With groups both large and small, By hundreds truly are told, I guess, And I've enjoyed them all. trail ride, packing in, hunting trip, fishing trip, marriage, wife, pack
177 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 8 Elliott S. Barker First Snow Last night we watched when it began to snow, Big flakes as though by fairies wafted down; So quietly from clouds to earth below, To spread a blanket white atop our town. snow, winter, first snow
178 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 9 Elliott S. Barker Milk-Pen Maneuver This farmer's religion was laudably strict. milk pail, Bossy, milking, humor, farm animals
179 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 10 Elliott S. Barker A Heritage to Save When Christopher Columbus sailed across the sea; He found America where vast resources lurk. ravage of land, conservation, natural resources
180 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 11 Elliott S. Barker Horse Sense I have four legs, that's very true, While man was given only two; Is that sufficient reason why; He should not walk as well as I? horseback riding
181 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 11 Elliott S. Barker Time to Shut Up They done stole my horse; So I don't need hay; I ain't got no eggs; 'Cause my hens won't lay. farm, domestic animals, humor
182 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 12 Elliott S. Barker A Promise Kept The Priest found out, right after dismissing; The good folks attending Christmas Mass, That a statue of the Christ Child was missing; From its niche in the church where people pass. religion, theft, steal, childhood, doll buggy
183 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 14 Elliott S. Barker Next Year We Will Go Again We elk hunters camped in a mountain park, In the edge of the timber there. storm, nature, blizzard
184 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 15 Elliott S. Barker The Measure of a Successful Hunt There's a time in each year when we hunt the buck deer, With hopes we'll be able to find one. wild meat, game, sportsman, hunting
185 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 16 Elliott S. Barker Beatty's Cabin George Beatty was a mountain man; Who just about a hundred years ago, Like all prospectors, had a plan; To mine and strike it rich come weal or woe. gold, Pecos Wilderness, prospector
186 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 17 Elliott S. Barker One for the Long, Long Road When Saint Peter once answered a knock on the gate, A new candidate begged, "Please my sins expiate." heaven, car accident, auto wreck
187 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 17 Elliott S. Barker Morgues and Jails -- Let's Cheat 'Em I swear I will follow these rules without fail, And thus keep away from a morgue or a jail. liquor, driving, gasoline, gas, drunk driving, car, automobile
188 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 18 Elliott S. Barker Christmas Of all the days throughout the year; There's one that always brings good cheer, The one when children are most gay, That one, of course, is Christmas day. holiday, Christ, religion
189 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 19 Elliott S. Barker Creation When God wed Mother Nature to Old Father Time, Untold millions of years ago, He decreed they should toil, for conditions were prime, To develop the world we know. creation, Adam and Eve, religion
190 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 20 Elliott S. Barker A Whimper Heard Across the Nation In fire-blackened forest where ground was still hot, With smoldering snags and charred logs strewn around, A fire-fighting Game Warden stopped on the spot, His ears had detected a whimpering sound. forest fire, bear, nature, wild animals, Smokey the Bear, zoo, fire fighting
191 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 22 Elliott S. Barker Vapor Trails When I was young the skies were clean and blue; Untrammeled and unmarked by works of man. birds, plane, jet, conservation
192 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 22 Elliott S. Barker Not So Not When I was young they preached; That heaven was bliss, And hell a red-hot spot; That we should miss. religion
193 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 23 Elliott S. Barker Old Man and Boys Grandsons are asking what to do, Give them advice and help them too. grandpa, grandfather, camping, camp-out
194 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 24 Elliott S. Barker Thoughts at Eighty When you're old it's not like it used to be, not at all like it was away back when. aging, old-age
195 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 24 Elliott S. Barker Beautiful Women All women, I concede, are beautiful, But some are made more so. female
196 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 24 Elliott S. Barker His Preference We had a friend who traveled far and wide to meetings galore. curiosity, wife, love
197 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 25 Elliott S. Barker They Sing for Some Folks In the thirties when times were real bad, With banks going broke and dust bowls galore, An old rancher lost all that he had, Turned over the keys and walked out the door. debt, recession, Depression, luck, bird dropping, hard times, humor
198 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 26 Elliott S. Barker Horses in My Life "A horse! For a horse my kingdom I'd give." pack horse, love for horses
199 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 27 Elliott S. Barker To My Old Hunting Dogs They say that a dog is man's very best friend.
200 Outdoors, Faith, Fun and Other Poems FC 11 B-02 28 Elliott S. Barker Windy or Not A right famous saying equaled by few, Was made by Fulton, first steamship inventor. mini-skirt, clothing, humor