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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
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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22035 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 207 Andy Nelson Chili-Dog Nightmare Boby's conscience was a-gigging him, like salt in an open sore; His psyche was all but shattered, couldn't take it anymore. It had been a memorable day for this local DVM; With his one thousandth neutering came the shame of all of them.
22036 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 215 Andy Nelson Farewell for Now Heaven knows why they were the best of friends, they were different as earth and air; Bruce was an eye catching Paint horse gelding, and she was a Morgan cross mare. He was my horse and she was my daughter's, and they spent their days together; A stranger horse pair, one never would see, even if you lived forever.
22037 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 222 Andy Nelson The Cat Wrangler I wake up every morning, and I go to start my day; Run out to see the horses, and fork them off some hay. But my life on new contraptions is enough to make you sob; I've improved our place so much, that I'm left without a job!
22038 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 229 Andy Nelson Betsy's Best Quilt She's been around for many years, this symbol of everything good; She's recognized throughout the world, yet is often misunderstood. She is Betsy Ross's quilt, standing for pride and liberty; She's held solid, faithful, and strong, in surplus and in poverty.
22039 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 235 Andy Nelson My Father's Anvil Rings No heavenly chorus or angel's song, or pure notes that a songbird sings; Can compare to the captivating sound, like when my father's anvil rings. No church bell on Sunday morn tolls sweeter, such peace of mind the echo brings; A sermon can't hold my attention like, the way my father's anvil rings.
22040 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 244 Andy Nelson Change My office sits in the big wide open, my job takes me there every day; My duties of both ridin' and ropin', are the only reasons I stay. I work in the sagebrush and alkali, from the comfort of my saddle; Living the cowboy lifestyle and code I care for my horses and cattle.
22041 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 248 Andy Nelson Knute's Boot Knute's job was to drive to the ranch landfill, in the boss's old garbage truck; To dump the trash at the top of the hill, and then return home before chuck. But to Knute the dump was a shopping mall, full of undiscovered treasures; They were free for taking, best of all, fulfilling his guilty pleasures.
22042 Riding With Jim: Adventures with Cowboys and Farriers: Stories and Cowboy Poetry FC 11 N-13 254 Andy Nelson Doing Winter Work It's windy and gray, a cold winter day, out where the mountain pinion meet the sage; The cows are callin', new snow has fallen, my cowboy diary starts the next page. The sun's hidden yet, my gloves are still wet from yesterday's snow I didn't forsee; I am miles from home and chilled to the bone, and there is no place I would rather be.
22043 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 3 Elden K. Shaw Memories My thought oft go back to a special place, That time and distance cannot erase, Transported there on memories wings, I experience again these precious things. The clean fresh smell of new mown hay, Watching sunbeams on the screen-door play.
22044 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 4 Elden K. Shaw The Pioneers Of Crouse Creek About one hundred and twenty five years ago, There lived by the Grouse Creek's gentle flow, A small company of stolid and hardy pioneers, Whose heritage echoes down through the years. Sailing across the ocean from the British Isles, Then traveling another two thousand miles, They gathered far out in the Mountain West, In obedience to a Prophet's inspired request.
22045 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 5 Elden K. Shaw It All Depends On Your Point Of View A few years ago on a bright summer day, I decided to give my RAVE4 R.V. a test, By driving up Ingham Canyon all the way, To the Grouse Creek Mountain's lofty crest.
22046 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 6 Elden K. Shaw The Desert To most the desert's a foreboding place, With miles and miles of only empty space, So to those who never have lived there, Here are some thoughts I'd like to share.
22047 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 7 Elden K. Shaw The Yellow Rose My Father spoke of a hardy yellow rose, That on the banks of the Grouse Creek grows, Planted long years ago with loving care, By my Grandma on our homestead there.
22048 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 9 Elden K. Shaw The Fire! Awakened in the middle of the night, With words that caused an awful fright, Came his grandson's words most dire, "Grandpa, our house has caught on fire".
22049 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 10 Elden K. Shaw Cotton Thomas Basin Located far out in the Mountain West, In an isolated valley by Nature blessed, The "Basin" was surely by God arranged, A pristine place as yet by man unchanged.
22050 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 11 Elden K. Shaw Lucin Three or four houses and a small store, A Water Tower and not much more, Near Lucin there was nothing green, All-in-all a bleak and desolate scene.
22051 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 13 Elden K. Shaw The Grouse Creek Church Our church was built by sturdy pioneers, Who through faith overcame their fears, To settle in a harsh and foreign earth, Far from the green isles of their birth.
22052 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 14 Elden K. Shaw The Grouse Creek Co-Op Because our town was very, very small, Of course there was no shopping mall, So the townsfolk with a few dollars parted, And the Grouse Creek Co-Op was started.
22053 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 15 Elden K. Shaw The Grouse Creek School Imagine a small grade-school if you can, Where everyone is a member of your clan, Related either by marriage or by birth, With no such things as gangs or "turf".
22054 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 18 Elden K. Shaw Decoration Day It was much more than a family tradition, My mother seemed to have a mission, To travel one hundred sixty miles each way, And honor our dead on Decoration Day.
22055 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 19 Elden K. Shaw Easter Of course we did not go hiking on Sunday, Saturday was reserved for our Easter fun-day. We often went on a hike and had a picnic lunch, That made two little boys as "pleased as punch".
22056 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 21 Elden K. Shaw Grouse Creek Fourth Of July Grouse Creek observed Independence Day, In its own traditional and down-home way, By holding a day-long community celebration, Honoring the birthday of our great nation.
22057 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 23 Elden K. Shaw Christmas Past I dream of a Christmas long, long ago, When Grouse Creek was all draped in snow. it lay in cold, deep drifts across the lane, As Jack Frost painted our window pane.
22058 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 26 Elden K. Shaw Halloween The townsfolk did not appreciate Halloween, Because many "tricks" were more than mean. But my brother and I looked forward to the treats, Since our lives were devoid of "store bought" sweets.
22059 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 27 Elden K. Shaw Philip Andrew Paskett Great Grandpa Paskett was eighty-one, yet his work on earth was not quite done, When I was a tiny baby just one month old He gave me a gift more precious than gold.