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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
1777 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 70 Robert V. Carr A Cowboy on Religion The preacher man sometimes comes out. preacher, religion, sin, repentance, bills, piety, responsibility, saved
1778 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 72 Robert V. Carr The Paper Man He has a press he jerks by hand. paper, ink, press, news, newspaper, gossip, editor
1779 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 74 Robert V. Carr Lem Scobey's Opinion Lem Scobey says to me one day. west, newspaper, notoriety, reputation, Dakota, privacy
1780 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 77 Robert V. Carr Ballade of Miss Susan O'Toole Miss Susan O'Toole hated men with a hate. feminist, women's rights, men-hater, women, wife
1781 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 79 Robert V. Carr Advice from the Range If you don't know how to smile. smile, compliment, survival, life, social amenities
1782 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 81 Robert V. Carr When It's Gettin' Plantin' Time Did you ever feel that way, when warm weather's comin' on. planting time, spring, work, laziness
1783 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 82 Robert V. Carr Spring Spring is here, and the brand-new calf. spring, calf, colt
1784 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 83 Robert V. Carr Let's Quit Quarrelin' Fer Awhile Let's quit quarrelin' fer awhile, in this ornry kind o' style. argue, quarrel, hate, envy, peace
1785 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 84 Robert V. Carr When a Man Has Money Friends a-smilin' ev-rywhere. money, insincerity
1786 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 85 Robert V. Carr A Cowboy Fatalist Oh, I don't care if it's rain or shine. fate, indifference
1787 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 86 Robert V. Carr The Old Cowman I'm not so young as I uster be. aging, youth, attitude, death, friends
1788 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 87 Robert V. Carr Holoway Holoway, that is his name. positive attitude, happiness, friendship, smile
1789 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 89 Robert V. Carr A Little Ax to Grind The world's plum' full o' people who nail your hand an' smile. hypocrite, politicians, vested interest
1790 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 91 Robert V. Carr A Word from Shorty Says Shorty Smith: "It seems some strange that Cupid rides Affection's range. affection, Cupid, love, alimony
1791 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 92 Robert V. Carr Dance, You Punchers, Dance Oh, whoop it up an' let's be gay. dance, square dance, fiddle
1792 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 94 Robert V. Carr Doc Pierce's Way Speakin' of Doc Pierce's way. friendship, contentedness, westerner, western ways, doctor
1793 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 97 Robert V. Carr A Light Joke Tho' in a bunk house on a ranch. light, tin can, electricity, lamp, candle, bunkhouse
1794 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 98 Robert V. Carr The Old Cowboy's Complaint I stands first guard an' let the kids sleep. night-herding, time, experience, old pro
1795 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 103 Robert V. Carr That There Girl It's that there girl 'most all the time. love, lovesick
1796 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 104 Robert V. Carr Speakin' of Her Eyes Speakin' of her eyes, well, they makes me. eyes, love
1797 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 105 Robert V. Carr Them Heap Big Thoughts It seems to me some passin' strange. love, thought, infatuation
1798 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 106 Robert V. Carr That Scrub 'Twas jes' at dark on Friday last. jealousy, government officials, Uncle Sam, surveyor
1799 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 107 Robert V. Carr She Writes a Note She writes a note, it starts, "Dear Boy." mail, jealousy, surveyor
1800 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 108 Robert V. Carr Her Hands As to her hands, say, they's sure fine. hands, courtship, affection, love
1801 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 109 Robert V. Carr Confidential When her arms drift 'round my neck. kiss, girlfriend, love, romance, touch, embrace