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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
1752 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 37 Robert V. Carr In the Gumbo No use to kick, no use to swear. patience
1753 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 38 Robert V. Carr Hank Laimer's Kid Only youngun on the range. child, present, gifts
1754 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 39 Robert V. Carr Animal Rhymes The coyote he's the smartest one. animals, coyote, prairie dog, Indian, bronco, badman, cowboy, tenderfoot, porcupine, girl, Indians
1755 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 41 Robert V. Carr The Man of the Ranch My dad he's gone an' mammy sez. son, father, manhood, responsibility
1756 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 42 Robert V. Carr Tamed Jim Shivers was the baddest man in the camp, b'jingo. marriage, wife, boss
1757 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 44 Robert V. Carr Springtime on the Range Oh, it's gettin' onto spring, an' so let us up an' sing. spring, nature, Chinook, birds, flowers
1758 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 45 Robert V. Carr Down at Haller's Dancin' They's tunin' up the orchestray down at old Bill Haller's. square dance, caller, dance
1759 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 47 Robert V. Carr A Moral-Less Tale She was a perfect lady. courting, money, tightwad, courtship
1760 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 48 Robert V. Carr Kick of the Ranch Hand Dern my hide, I feel so lazy. morning, chores, ranch hand, yawn, dawn, laziness
1761 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 50 Robert V. Carr A Fragment I never thunk a thought as yet. idea, thought
1762 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 51 Robert V. Carr Baldy Joe's Simple Rhyme Oh, I know an old cowpuncher, an' they call him Baldy Joe. bald, complain, happiness
1763 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 53 Robert V. Carr A Coarse Lack of Appreciation I'm the sweetest sort o' singer, but 'most ev'ry time I sing. singing, appreciation
1764 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 54 Robert V. Carr Cowboy's Salvation Song Oh, it's move along, you dogies, don't be driftin' by the way. dogie, roundup, cattle drive, branding
1765 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 56 Robert V. Carr The Boys Are Comin' to Town The boys are comin' to town, whoop la! town, celebration, whoop it up
1766 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 57 Robert V. Carr A Sunshine Song He sets on the side walk from mornin' 'til night. singing, worry,song, life
1767 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 58 Robert V. Carr The Would-Be Cowpuncher It's been out here a half a year. greenhorn, head clerk, pretense, fake
1768 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 59 Robert V. Carr Jim Davis and the Bicycle Man Jim Davis is an old cowpunch. bicycle, stampede, fool, laziness
1769 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 60 Robert V. Carr Jed Williams Know Jed Williams? Blamedest man. chew, tobacco, chewing tobacco
1770 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 65 Robert V. Carr Ranch Lullaby Baby, won't you go to sleep? lullaby, baby
1771 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 64 Robert V. Carr The Cowboy and the Stork Bill Munson's wife was sick, you see. birth, child, delivery, doctor, stork, naming, baby
1772 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 62 Robert V. Carr The Nifty Cowpuncher Allers wears the finest duds ever you did see. dress, clothing, gear, boots, hat, chaps, spurs, gun, saddle, outfit, dude
1773 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 66 Robert V. Carr A Tribute to the Doctor Oh, here's to the Doc, the good old Doc. doctor, medicine, dedication, service, occupational lore, occupation
1774 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 67 Robert V. Carr To A Cowboy Poet He rode a bronk he called Pegas'. cowboy poet, poetry, Homer, song
1775 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 68 Robert V. Carr Post Mortum Politeness A cowpunch once shot up the town. tenderfoot, apology, politeness, regret, gun, shoot
1776 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 69 Robert V. Carr Jawin' Jane Jawin' Jane gives me a pain. wife, mouthy, talkative