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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
1977 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 5 Jo Casteel Show Me the Way Oh Lord, at times I long for days gone by. meditation, God, prayer, environment, past
1978 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 6 Jo Casteel Women's Lib Now I pride myself in being, a vital part of this outfit. women, equality, feminist, occupation, housework, pulling calves
1979 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 9 Jo Casteel Born Too Late A 100 years ago when going was rough. past, simplicity, bygone days, western life, occupation, work, ranching, cattle drive
1980 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 11 Jo Casteel Sure Am Lucky Labor Day is over. relaxation, fun, appreciation, work, autumn
1981 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 12 Jo Casteel Sod Busters There ain't nothing' curls my bacon. sod buster, prairie, grass, ground, land, plow, grazing, fences ranching vs. farming, farm, ranch
1982 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 13 Jo Casteel I'll Take a Horse Anyday I fell asleep the other day. dream, riding, machines, tractor, mechanization, farm
1983 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 15 Jo Casteel Spooked Me and my ole "Bawly" horse. riding fence, hog, wild boar, spooked, hired hand
1984 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 17 Jo Casteel The End of the Trail Seems like only yesterday, I watched you being born. birth, buckskin, horse, death, best friend, sharing, friendship
1985 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 19 Jo Casteel Losers Buy the Drinks It seems to make no never mind. ranch hands, work, play, race
1986 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 21 Jo Casteel God's Funny Creatures I was ridin' my ole cow horse. women, men, cowgirl, gender roles, macho
1987 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 24 Jo Casteel The Death of a Ranch There's something sad and lonesome 'bout a ranch that's left to die. home, house, family, ranch, barn, sadness, change
1988 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 26 Jo Casteel The Cowboss A tanned cowboy walks in with hopes that are high. loneliness, girlfriend, sharing, wife, mate, heartache, longing, search, looking for love
1989 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 28 Jo Casteel Calvin' Time When calving' time is comin' up. calving, heifers
1990 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 30 Jo Casteel Miriah, Ha! Way out here, out in the west. wind, commentary
1991 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 32 Jo Casteel A Case of Spring Fever Holy jumping catfish. spring, warmth, feeling good
1992 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 33 Jo Casteel You're Selling What?!! The time has come to stand up tall. pet peeve, door-to-door salesman, livestock feed, salesman
1993 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 35 Jo Casteel Used To Be Used to be that in days gone by. past, trust, handshake, values, progress, modern life, appliances, gentle, hospitality
1994 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 37 Jo Casteel He Needs it All The pickup for most ranchers, is a home away from home. pickup, truck, gear, occupation
1995 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 39 Jo Casteel Do You Believe in Santa? High in the hills, in the crisp, clean dusk. Christmas, dance, cowman, giving, care, love, Christianity, Santa
1996 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 42 Jo Casteel Two Champs You knew his name across the land. true grit, bronc riding, horse, rodeo, bronc busting
1997 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 44 Jo Casteel He's Not a Senior Citizen, He's a Cowboy The true image of this cowboy rides a lonely trail today. cowboy, aging, senior citizen, whittle
1998 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 45 Jo Casteel He Got Respect When he yelled, "Ya come and get it." grub, food, foodways, chuck, chuckwagon, cook
1999 Cut from the Same Leather FC 11 C-05 47 Jo Casteel Thank You, Lord We thank you Lord, for Thy great work. gratitude, nature, worry, handiwork of God, life
2000 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 1 Arthur Chapman Jim Bridger All carelessly we travel o'er the ways he trod alone. Jim Bridger, frontier
2001 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 2 Arthur Chapman The Hoss of Pecos Doyle Now this is the tale of Pecos Doyle, of bad men quite the worst. Pecos Doyle, badman, thirst, barroom, Boot Hill, shooting, loyalty, horse