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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
22337 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 34 Mike Puhallo A Cowboy's Valentine The cows have had their vitamins, and a shot of scour vaccine. The medicine kit has been restocked; the calf jack and chains are clean.
22338 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 35 Mike Puhallo Lawnmowers The bay mare's foal is ten days old, a pretty sorrel filly, it's a treat to watch her buck and play having fun and acting silly.
22339 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 36 Mike Puhallo Canada Is Canada is a poet's dream, a land so diverse and wide. It takes a lot of imagination, to see the other side.
22340 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 38 Mike Puhallo Jose Tressierra My name is Jose Tressierra, best bull-wacker on the Cariboo Trail. My wife Josephine and son Pablo wait for me at my cabin in Yale.
22341 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 41 Mike Puhallo Louis Lebourdais, Smartest Man in the Cariboo Louis Lebourdais, that Frenchman, was born gay in Paris, and he's the smartest guy, in the whole Cariboo as you will plainly see!
22342 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 42 Mike Puhallo In Memory of Hilbert Joseph Deleeuw After 86 years he's crossed the divide, the Lion of the bunchgrass has made his last ride.
22343 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 44 Mike Puhallo Just Ten Days to Go Now friend I wouldn't pull your leg, and I will not steer you wrong Groundhog Day will be a real big deal, before too very long!
22344 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 45 Mike Puhallo Gumboot Season It's Gumboot time in the valley as winter's icy grip, softened by the western breeze, finally starts to slip.
22345 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 45 Mike Puhallo Almost. . . March, always seem to me, to be the month of mud. Winter's pure white veil has rotted away, and left us with the crud!
22346 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 47 Mike Puhallo A Rainy Day in May It's still snowing on the summer range, so we haven't turned the cows out yet, and things around the home place, are just a little wet.
22347 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 48 Mike Puhallo Gone Fishin' Several deer had left their tracks in the wet sand by the water. So did at least a hundred geese, a coyote and an otter.
22348 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 50 Mike Puhallo Tension June arrives with clear blue skies, skinned knuckles and some pain, from repairing idle machinery- it's almost haying time again!
22349 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 51 Mike Puhallo I Ain't Scared o' No Bugs I checked the clock on my computer, when I started it today. The darn thing thinks it's February instead of the end of May.
22350 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 52 Mike Puhallo December 31, 1999 It will be the biggest party in a thousand years, with fire works and champagne! Around the world we'll celebrate, and sing that "Auld" refrain.
22351 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 53 Mike Puhallo Roadkill on the Information Highway Now I've been trying to surf the world wide web, but I keep on fallin' in. Everything I've tried to write, is in the trash recycle bin.
22352 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 55 Mike Puhallo Quietly Canadian We started in the fur trade days, but most Americans don't have a clue. Why them trappers' gatherings, was called a Rendezvous!
22353 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 56 Mike Puhallo Still Waiting in the Pumpkin Patch You know it's about the twenty-first Halloween, Since I became a dad. I'm thinkin' back on all the costumes, and all the fun we've had.
22354 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 59 Mike Puhallo A Cowboy Christmas As he heads in from the feed-ground, In the first dim glow of dawn, The rest of the family is rising, one by one the house lights come on.
22355 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 60 Mike Puhallo Christmas Wish 1999 Joy, Hope and Peace on Earth, Can't be purchased in a mall. There's really just one Christmas gift, that matters after all.
22356 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 61 Mike Puhallo True Love The hardest lesson in life to learn, is simply how to love. For most human beings, who use the word, don't know what they're speaking of!
22357 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 62 Mike Puhallo Home From Winter Range We gathered the winter range today, and brought the cattle in. The old cows still were fat as hogs, but the two-year-olds were thin.
22358 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 63 Mike Puhallo Retired Freedom is a goal, to which we all aspire, Yet so many tend to panic, when the time comes to retire.
22359 Piled Higher and Deeper on the Cariboo Trail FC 11 P-36 64 Mike Puhallo Try A cowboy never asks for much, he just wants a chance to try. To live, love and chase his dreams, beneath the western sky.
22360 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 1 Ed Fields The Reata Man To the branding comes a Reata Man No one knows from where, but he appears a hand.
22361 Wrong Time Wrong Place FC 11 F-21 2 Ed Fields Build it They Will Come Many years ago in rode, was a horse that could not be rode And there lived a man, who was dang hard to be throwed