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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
22815 Cow Tracks on the Land FC 11 B-66 59 Lona Tankersley Burkhart Fencing I've been fixing fence, upon my East property line. All thru hunting season, I sure been having quite a time. Four young fillies, to my stud horse had came'a'lopin. When hunters cut the wire, and left the gate wide open.
22816 Cow Tracks on the Land Lona Tankersley Burkhart FC 11 B-66 63 Jon Bowerman The Hunter I've come here to the county court To ask you Judge for your support I was going hunting yesterday And found a gate, locked, in my way!
22817 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 111 George Rhoades Section 23 The pioneer received the land In the lottery of August 1901, Brought his young wife down In a wagon under the summer sun.
22818 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 113 George Rhoades Sunrise Sunrise comes on, No matter our worries; Every day a new dawn, And bright hope carries.
22819 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 114 George Rhoades Superhero With a towel my mother gave me Tied around my neck, I was a superhero running free Out where the chickens peck.
22820 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 115 George Rhoades "Take Bob" They buried my brother today In the cold Georgia clay. Thoughts crowded my mind, Reflections all intertwined.
22821 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 117 George Rhoades That's Entertainment When did Entertainment Become a big part of everything? It's always been around, But today it's overwhelming.
22822 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 119 George Rhoades The Plumber Came Today The plumber came today, Repaired the clogged-up line, Didn't charge too awful much If you own a big gold mine.
22823 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 120 George Rhoades The Storm Clouds dark and swirlin' Came across the prairie sky Ominous, threatenin' and roililln', Puttin' anxiety levels on high.
22824 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 121 George Rhoades The Universe This old cowboy finds it hard To grasp what scientists now say Are the latest amazin' avant-garde Findings about the universe today.
22825 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 123 George Rhoades The Wichitas The ancient Wichitas, 500 million years old, Worn by eternal laws Volcano-hot, ice-age cold.
22826 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 126 George Rhoades The Wind The Oklahoma wind is always there; We're raised from babies quite aware Of whisperin' when it kissed a tree, Or screamin' as it swept the prairie.
22827 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 127 George Rhoades Time I met Time on the highway, "You're goin' faster and faster The older I get," I say. "What can I do to make Time slow down or stay?"
22828 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 128 George Rhoades Tornado Way out here on the plains When you think you're significant, That you're a big shot of great import, That your status is predominant.
22829 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 129 George Rhoades True Love Love, the kind that lasts and abides, The kind that is deep and true, Certain, faithful, patient, strong, That's the kind I have for you.
22830 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 130 George Rhoades Veterans At a theater up in Branson During a break in song and fun, Those who served the nation In peacetime or at a battle station Were asked to stand to be recognized For keeping the country free and civilized.
22831 Along the Chisholm Trail and Other Poems FC 11 R-44 131 George Rhoades "We Will Endure" The twister hit the trailer park, Wreckage and debris everywhere, Houses blown apart, three killed, Devastation, tragedy hung in the air.
22832 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 11 Deanna Dickinson McCall The Old Ones Before most life began to stir The tinkling of bit and spur Would make music and carry on In the early light before the dawn.
22833 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 15 Deanna Dickinson McCall Mustang Spring The sky was Nevada blue on an August day in 1986 when the haying machines shut down in the mid-afternoon on the high desert ranch.
22834 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 29 Deanna Dickinson McCall Advice The corrals were full enough to bust And we'd all had our share of dust. But we'd got all the pairs in And the separating was about to begin.
22835 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 31 Deanna Dickinson McCall Town Born The shiny knobs on the stove all pointed upward in the right direction, the sparkling windows were pulled firmly down against any dirty wind.
22836 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 39 Deanna Dickinson McCall When The Day Is Over When the shadows fall on the hills and deer tiptoe in to drink The porch beckons quietly inviting us to rest and simply think.
22837 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 41 Deanna Dickinson McCall Barbed Pain The new Dodge pickup, shiny as a candied apple, slowed as it approached the last curve to the ranch headquarters.
22838 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 49 Deanna Dickinson McCall American Stockman I have fought many a battle Skirmished over water and feed. Scarred and wounded I start to bleed For my heart is this war's chattel.
22839 Mustang Spring Stories & Poems FC 11 M-59 51 Deanna Dickinson McCall The Wreck The smell of fear, my stale sweat, horse sweat and cow manure clung to me. I glanced down at my wrinkled, stained clothes, clothes I had worn the day before.