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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22259 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 89 Sandia Bill When It's Autumn In The Rockies Dear little girl friend in the canyon, All my hard ramblin' days are through, And when it's autumn in the Rockies, I'll be comin' home to you.
22260 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 90 Sandia Bill The God's Of War (A Hymn to Peace.) Ten million little crosses on ten million solemn graves Tell the last sad story of ten million faithful slaves.
22261 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 91 Sandia Bill Kind Love Will Lead Me There (A Hymn.) To trust in God and Love Divine Sets free the fear-bound soul; It is the way, the one sweet way, To reach that longed-for Goal.
22262 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 92 Sandia Bill Just Over The Border (Answer to "South of the Border.") Just over the border In an old Spanish town Sat a girl with a baby In its little white gown.
22263 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 93 Sandia Bill The Old Cripple Creek I think with a longin' of the old Colorado hills, Back yander in them days of old. We had lots o' fun, though we had tuh tote a gun Tuh protect ourselves an' our gold.
22264 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 94 Sandia Bill Where We Used To Meet And Linger (Then Part and Kiss Goodbye.) It was under a shady tree So graceful, green, and high Where we used to meet and linger, Then prat and kiss goodbye.
22265 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 95 Sandia Bill Will Someone Help Me Hunt Jimmie? "Will someone help me hunt Jimmie?" I heard a sad doughboy say, The next day after the battle When the smoke had cleared away.
22266 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 96 Sandia Bill I Am Thankful I am not a rich or famous man,, And perhaps I'll never be. But I am in love with many things And they're all in love with me.
22267 Melodious Poems From the Hills FC 11 B-58 96 Sandia Bill There's No Light In Her Window Tonight Two cabins stand close together Among cedar, pinon and pine; One place she always called hers, And the other she called mine.
22268 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 2 Doris Daley A Baxter of Blacks Sheep come in flocks, whales come in pods Geese come in gaggles, police come in squads. There are hovers of trout, bouquets of pheasants, Bands of gypsies and rabbles of peasants.
22269 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 4 Doris Daley Rancho Tarbucks The promo said, Guest Ranches -- 20 Sites Across the West! Our scenary is spectacular, our wranglers are the best.
22270 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 6 Doris Daley Where Are They Now? Every now and then when you turn on a TV show Some documentary asks the question, Where's old So-and-So?
22271 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 8 Doris Daley My Western Magazine How to live the rural life--the choices are immense. Fear not, there's magazines galore with wisdom to dispense. Headlines, ads and stories--it's hard to do it all. Here's just a little sampler off the top that I recall.
22272 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 10 Doris Daley Dancing with the Stars My name is Katarina, I was born in Budapest. Ginger Rogers was my ideal years ago. Dancing was my passion, I defected to the west And now I am a ballroom dancing pro.
22273 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 11 Doris Daley Fire Fighters A spark flew out the old John Deere and set the swath on fire. It was just a smoky smudge at first but the wind soon whipped it higher.
22274 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 12 Doris Daley How I learned to Count Some folks have a knack to add, subtract and multiply. They twigged to compound fractions, learned to take the root of pi.
22275 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 14 Doris Daley Kitchen Cupboards A line from Will Shakespeare has rightly won fame, When Juliet asked Romeo "What's in a name?"
22276 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 16 Doris Daley Average Girl I'd brag about my calf crop but I had to sell my cows. If you saw me on a gather you'd be right ot raise your brows.
22277 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 18 Doris Daley Stand Upwind from Me Shania has a fragrance, you can buy it on CD, Light and luscious florals with a hint of fleur de lis.
22278 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 20 Doris Daley Chuck's Cowboy Cafe Welcome to Chuck's Cowboy Cafe, a pit of grease and grime. It was written up in a magazine once--I think it was Modern True Crime.
22279 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 22 Doris Daley Gossip They were eating pie at the Rose Cafe and catching up on the news. The geese are back at the pond, said Bill, and Grandpa's back on the booze.
22280 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 25 Doris Daley Chips Vegas runs on poker chips Computers run on microchips Cookie dough has chocolate chips Dresser drawers have cedar chips.
22281 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 26 Doris Daley French Fries I remember the year we hired Pierre, A dashing French cowboy from Old Trois Rivieres. A ten-gallon chapeau and a dashing mustache, He rode with elan and he roped with panache.
22282 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 28 Doris Daley The Answering Machine Thank you for calling Hayseed Ranch. We'll be with you sooner or later. So please stay on the line For the next available operator.
22283 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 30 Doris Daley Bones Three cowboys sit on a split-rail fence. Long on bruises, short on sense. Put them together and what do you get? (Besides three pair o fjeans and a pile of debt.)