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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
22287 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 38 Doris Daley Meet Sue Meet Sue, my darling sweetheart, oh I know she's got her flaws And a man of lesser mettle might stand back and take a pause.
22288 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 39 Doris Daley The Love Letter Dear Sweetheart, Your skin's as soft as the inside of a young pig's ear Irish eyes as green as the shine on the old John Deere.
22289 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 40 Doris Daley A True Partner How do you do Miss Flores LeDue? Let's take a ride Through the sweet Alberta country side.
22290 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 42 Doris Daley Treat me Like a Thoroughbred, Honey I'm proud to be your wife dear And my love will never flag. Just treat me like a thoroughbred, Honey And you won't get a nag.
22291 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 46 Doris Daley A Letter to Mr. Russell Friend Charlie, Well I guess they call it progress and progess ain't all bad. For sure I have advantages that Grandma never had.
22292 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 48 Doris Daley Here's to you, Miss Dale Her Grandpa used to say, That girl will rope the moon someday, No matter if the trail is sweet or hard. She was born with Texas grit, long on try and short on quit.
22293 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 6 Mike Puhallo Preface Friends are pulling into town to swap some yarns and rhymes
22294 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 7 Mike Puhallo Sun Baked Meadow Muffins A meadow muffin is a marvelous thing, The kind of BS that's fun to fling.
22295 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 8 Mike Puhallo In the Beginning Back when three-toed Eohippus, pulled Apollo across the sky, The first cowboy crawled out of his bedroll to give that bronc a fly
22296 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 9 Mike Puhallo August Nights August nights are special, with the smell of fresh cut hay.
22297 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 10 Mike Puhallo A Time to Catch Your Breath I rode through the cows on the Meadow today, and pulled the horses shoes, We might get snow later on this week, according to the news.
22298 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 11 Mike Puhallo A Cowboy's Winter Wish The heifer calves are fat as jelly beans, It's another fine fall day.
22299 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 12 Mike Puhallo Christmas Shopping I gassed up my old pick-up, and headed ito town.
22300 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 13 Mike Puhallo Fresh Horses The old year has been turned out to pastured, and it's time to start anew,
22301 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 14 Mike Puhallo Twilight Ranch Branding To pitch in and help at branding time, is a tradition of the Range.
22302 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 50 Doris Daley Will James and other Canadian Content I come from the land that gave you zippers! Alberta beef and Alberta clippers. Labatts for the inside of your neck Raymond Burr and Alex Trebek
22303 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 54 Doris Daley From Mary's Window It's here, from my window, with the moonlight glowing That night settles in with that wild wind blowing.
22304 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 16 Mike Puhallo A Full Moon in April Green grass and budding trees, the damp-earth smell of springtime on a gentle southern breeze.
22305 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 56 Doris Daley Three/Quarter Time 1, 2, 3: Come and dance with me 4, 5, 6,: Need a waltzing fix.
22306 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 57 Doris Daley One Good Horse One good horse. One prettyday. Just enough luck to kep the wolves at bay. One fine dream to chase the blues away.
22307 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 17 Mike Puhallo The Sacred Orb All the secrets of the ages, Every thing between earth and sky, Has been reflected in that Crystal Orb, That is a horse's eye.
22308 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 58 Doris Daley What is a Westerner? A westerner knows... That Goodnight Loving is a trail, and not a one-night stand. A cowboy's worth his salt if he's made of grit and sand.
22309 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 18 Mike Puhallo Cowboy Pride A cowboy's pride and honor, won't let him give much ground. He can lead, or he can follow, but he can't be pushed around!
22310 West Word Ho! The western poetry of Doris Daley FC 11 D-23 60 Doris Daley Hands There's a special pair of hands assigned to do each task, And to do a job the best you know is as good as you can ask.
22311 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 19 Mike Puhallo Sneak Attack A pretty young lady drove in the yard, just the other day.