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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.


Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22624 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 21 Stu Campbell Goin' Home Prose: A loose cinch has caused plenty of cowboys a lot of problems. Most of the time, a feller will ride with a cinch just tight enough to keep the saddle in place under normal conditions.
22625 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 22 Stu Campbell Chocolate Chip Prose: Runnin' a dude ranch can be a pretty good job, as long as the ranch is set up to handle the guests. But when the ranch doesn't have the facilities to handle dudes, guests or freeloaders can be a problem and a nuisance.
22626 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 24 Stu Campbell Drifter Prose: Drifter was a good lookin' sorrel horse that come to the dude outfit early in June. From his looks, I figured him to be 'bout half Arab and half Quarter.
22627 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 26 Stu Campbell A Real Cowboy Prose: When I was goin' to college, I took a couple of colts to break so I could earn some extra money an' help out with the expenses. I was gettin' a dollar a day to ride these colts an' I figured it was worth it just to be able to get away from the books for a while
22628 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 28 Stu Campbell The Talker Prose: One of the necessary jobs on a cow outfit is shoein' horses. All cowboys are expected to do it, but I never met any that really liked it. I know I sure don't like it an' I generally feel a lot better when my horses was shoed
22629 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 30 Stu Campbell Saddle Sores Prose: A few years ago I was running a dude ranch up in the Grand Teton country of Wyoming. It was a pretty little ranch with some real good horses, nice country and nice people. It had the makings for a nice year.
22630 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 31 Stu Campbell Making a Name for Myself Prose: It was time to move camp. We figured it was time because we were having to ride about 15 to 20 miles from camp every day to make a gather.
22631 More Horsin' Around FC 11 C-54 34 Stu Campbell Range Hoss Manners Prose: Horses have always been a big part of ranch life in northern Nevada and southern Idaho. Most of the ranches keep broodmare bands just to fill their remudas. One such outfit I worked for maintained 80 broodmares in different bands.
22632 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 1 Stu Campbell All Tied Up Prose: We'd spent the biggest part of the mornin' corralin' about 1.000 head of steers- yearlin's. It had been pretty tough, the cattle was wild and the country was tough on men an' horses both.
22633 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 2 Stu Campbell Given' Enough Rope Prose: When I was about 13 or 14, I had the makin's of a good hand. I could ride some, I'd been on a buckin' horse or two an' hadn't got throwed- too hard anyways.
22634 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 5 Stu Campbell A Draw Prose: When a feller hires onto a new outfit, he never knows what kind of horses he'll be given to ride. So I was mighty closed-mouthed the first morning we saddled up on the S dot.
22635 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 7 Stu Campbell Matched Team Prose: That day, I was sort of embarrassed. I had a job to do and I didn't want to do it. It was an easy enough job just ride a horse 15 or so miles home and lead another horse.
22636 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 9 Stu Campbell Excuses Prose: There's more than one way to get off a horse. The first way- the one we all like- is simple, just swing a leg over and put it on level ground.
22637 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 12 Stu Campbell How Much is a Mule Worth? Prose: The cows was pretty well taken care of, they didn't need much supervision. Other than changin' pasture now and then, pickin' up some strays, and makin' sure the water troughs were runnin', there really wasn't much ridin' to do.
22638 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 15 Stu Campbell Still Wet Behind the Ears Prose: It started out to be a pretty good kind of a day. The sun was just coming up and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. As I pulled my boots on, I thought that they might make it 'til fall. There were holes in both of them and I was wearing heavy socks to help patch them up.
22639 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 18 Stu Campbell The Critic Prose: When a feller gets married and the kids start coming along, sometimes he has second thoughts about forkin broncs on a regular basis. So it was with me, I decided to quit rodeoing.
22640 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 20 Stu Campbell Easy Calvin'- it's Not Like the Old Days Prose: There was a loud crash before the light came on. My wife bolted upright in bed, and caught me red-handed, holding what I had thought was her blow dryer.
22641 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 21 Stu Campbell The VCR Prose: I got a date. Don't know how I did it, but I got a date, an' she ws a big rodeo fan to boot! She'd told me she had even tried a few bareback broncs in some girl's rodeos.
22642 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 23 Stu Campbell Courteous Horse Prose: The little dark chestnut filly was just as nice a horse as a feller could want; some white markings kinda high up on all four legs an' a white strip down her face added a touch of class and accented her action.
22643 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 25 Stu Campbell Moonlight Ride Prose: I first met Albert Taylor when I was working on Owen Barton's Diamod A Ranch on the Idaho-Nevada border. ALbert lived in an old log cabin a few miles away fom the ranch.
22644 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 28 Stu Campbell Horse Tradin' Prose: I sorta like to listen to talk an' stories that float around when a bunch of old timers get together. Sometimes the old fellers get a little wound up an' find it hard to stay on their seats. Most of them was pretty good bronc riders in their day
22645 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 30 Stu Campbell The Sleeper Prose: I hired on a pretty bit cow outfit in Easter Utah a few years ago. The wage wasn't too bad but I had to furnish my own horses. I was paid extra money for using my own horses, but hnot hardly enough to keep them in shoes in that rough, rocky country.
22646 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 32 Stu Campbell Cedar Bark and Road Apples Prose: We had just finished brandin' the tail end of the year's calf crop. We'd turned the cows and calves loose just inside the forest service boundary fence, and was takin' our time gettin' back to the ranch.
22647 Still Horsin' Around FC 11 C- 55 33 Stu Campbell A Cowboy Called Little Bo Peep Prose: Ropin' is one of my favorite pastimes, but too often it turns out to be work, for me anways. As much work as it usually becomes, I still rope every chance I get.
22648 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 6 E.J. Kirchoff Return Home From when I left my old home range Some forty years went by Before I saw those hills again Outlined against the sky.