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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
22712 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 46 E.J. Kirchoff Dust Devils Across the flats they wander. Whirling dervishes at play. Making funnels with the dust That gets into their way. Sometimes it's only one or two That race across the flat.
22713 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 48 E.J. Kirchoff Building Fences I'm weary tonight, sure as shootin', For it's been a long rugged day. It's no snap buildin' fence on a moutain That's rocky and steep all the way. And scramblin' up over ledges And packin' a post as you go
22714 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 49 E.J. Kirchoff Horse Sale We're at this here old horse sale Just to see what we can see. Starkey Thorn, Old Bill,, and Latigo And Smokey Jones and me. They had a lotta horses there A-goin' thru' the ring. Lotsa buyers drove the biddin' up On prices that they'd bring.
22715 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 84 George Rhoades Dyin' Small Towns "This is the richest, greatest country In all the world," we often hear. Perhaps 'tis true, but in some small towns, Crumbin', dyin', beginning to disappear.
22716 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 52 E.J. Kirchoff First Snow Here and there a lazy snowflake Comes floating slowly down To dissappear completely As it settles on the ground. But still they keep on coming. One by one. By twos and more.
22717 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 53 E.J. Kirchoff The Duet "We're havin' this here party When I'm young and so you'll know This all happened back, " said Old Bill "Quite a lott ayears ago.
22718 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 86 George Rhoades Empties The boy sprawled lookin' at the sky, Big white fluffy clouds rollin' by. His grandpa said, "Empties goin' to the Gulf, And when they get moisture enough, They'll come back this way again."
22719 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 87 George Rhoades First Day of School I passed a slow school bus As I drove along a country road, And a little girl waiting by the drivers Slumped like she carried a heavy laod.
22720 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 55 E.J. Kirchoff Winter Evening A steady snow is fallint On a world already white. The waning day is fading fast Into the shades of night. Contented cows just nibble some On that last bite of hay While some have sought hte thickets That will keep the snow away
22721 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 89 George Rhoades Giant Windmills Standin' along the ridge White against the sky Arms outstretched acatchin' Wind blowin' from on high.
22722 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 56 E.J. Kirchoff Guaranteed Was some fellers got together And they built themselves a pen Wher on Sunday they could gather And could do some ropin in. In the corner of a pasture. Edge of town. Along a creek.
22723 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 90 George Rhoades Gloomy Day "'Twas a dark and gloomy day," 'Tis a terrible, terrible, cliche, All the writin' critics say.
22724 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 91 George Rhoades Gray Boy I was seven in the summer of '43, War raging with Japan and Germany; me and my little friends were aware Of the fierce fighting over there.
22725 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 60 E.J. Kirchoff At the End of a Story Day Old horse, I'll bet you're mighty glad To be in from the storm; To have a manger full of hay; A barn that's snug and warm.
22726 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 96 George Rhoades Great Plains The great sweep Of the Great Plains, The great heart Of the Heartland.
22727 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 61 E.J. Kirchoff Auction Sale We could adone better, More cash for the purse. But still, I ain't squawkin'. We could adone worse. The market's been fallin'.
22728 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 97 George Rhoades Homesick For West Texas He'd spent years up north, And said he was homesick for: Sand dunes and lizards, Gila monsters and rattlesnakes.
22729 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 98 George Rhoades Ice and Sleet and Snow Ice and sleet and snow Fell durin' the night, A glistenin' shinin' world Reflected in frosty sunlight.
22730 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 64 E.J. Kirchoff Singin' Sid He wrangled horses for the outfit. Just a button of a kid. But he sure could pick the gee-tar. So we called him "singin' sid". He drifted in one day in spring. His gee-tar shiny black.
22731 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 100 George Rhoades Love Is Blind Love is blind And cannot see Usually. Lust is blind And cannot see Temporarily.
22732 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 66 E.J. Kirchoff Dandelions "Some people seem to figger Dandelions just a weed, Or puff balls havin' parachutes To carry off the seed. "But stop and think a moment Of them yellow blosssoms bright.
22733 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 101 George Rhoades Melancholy When the melancholy blues At times descent upon me, And the dreary moods refuse To depart and set me free.
22734 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 102 George Rhoades Mockingbird Mockingbird, oh mockingbird, Outside my windowsill Running through your song list With twitter, chatter and trill
22735 Hoofprints Through the Sage FC 11 K- 27 69 E.J. Kirchoff Sometimes Sometimes I get dog tired Of forever shovelin' hay Before the winter's over And spring has come to stay. Sometimes I wish 'twould nver ever rain agin
22736 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 103 George Rhoades Morality Morality, Hypocrisy-- Close as they can be. Whose morality? Whose hypocrisy? "Who" is the key frequently.