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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
1952 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 117 Bob A. Carson High School Boy and Tricks He played in the barn and meant no harm.
1953 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 116 Bob A. Carson Sea Horse Sea Horse, to me I love.
1954 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 115 Bob A. Carson Perfect Horse Sense He was a perfect dream of delight.
1955 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 114 Bob A. Carson Horsie, Horsie Horsie, Horsie is all ago.
1956 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 113 Bob A. Carson The Cowboys Sic Friend Oh Horsie, I wish to see you do your part.
1957 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 112 Bob A. Carson Buckology Come all you cowboys and we'll see.
1958 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 111 Bob A. Carson The World Knows Nothing of a Horse Always work on the opposite end of a horse.
1959 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 111 Bob A. Carson Tune of "Flying Trapeze" I show'd the show boys in 1907.
1960 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 110 Bob A. Carson Trick Rope Little old rope.
1961 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 109 Bob A. Carson Little Coltie Little coltie goes around trying to bite.
1962 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 108 Bob A. Carson Tooth and Tusk With tooth and tuck.
1963 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 107 Bob A. Carson New Gold There is a horse I couldn't disown.
1964 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 107 Bob A. Carson Tap 'Em on the Shin Tap 'em on the shin.
1965 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 106 Bob A. Carson More Horse Sense Every day -- everyday -- I while the time away.
1966 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 105 Bob A. Carson Cock of the Walk Wild cock of the walk.
1967 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 104 Bob A. Carson Thirst In the capital tea pot.
1968 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 104 Bob A. Carson The Sun, Moon, and Stars When the sun comes up.
1969 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 103 Bob A. Carson Ride On--Cowboy--Ride On Ride on, Cowboy, ride on.
1970 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 102 Bob A. Carson Dear Old Saddle Cowboys back in the old.
1971 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 101 Bob A. Carson Saddle Confused Saddle confused.
1972 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 100 Bob A. Carson Joy and Life I can learn a lot from boys.
1973 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 99 Bob A. Carson My Horse And I When winter shuts me in and turns.
1974 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 98 Bob A. Carson Buckaroo Wherever the bronc, wherever they take to the air.
1975 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 1 Jo Casteel Dedication There was a special breed of people. rugged individualism, individualists, heritage, forebears, past, settlement
1976 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 2 Jo Casteel We "Ain't" Crazy Tain't never been a rancher. occupation, rancher, ranching, work, living