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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
23094 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 8 Gary Anderson The Test This coffee here is so damned good, Will grow hair upon your chest. As the youngest and the newest hand, Was up to me to make the test. Shaking cup in hand, he filled it up
23095 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 8 Gary Anderson New Shorts Friends, I'm here to tell you, Of a terrible sight I've seen. About this fellow in a pair of shorts, They were red, white and green.
23096 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 9 Gary Anderson Culture Club The boy's and me play some poker, Almost every thursday night. Hope sometime to make our fortune, if the cards will fall just right. At the Culture CLub you'll find me,
23097 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 10 Gary Anderson From a Horses View When I looked out this morning, Between the poles of this here fence, Down the path there came a man, And I knowed what was his intent. He grabs the tgrain and gives a shout,
23098 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 11 Gary Anderson Buckaroo Down ther in Nevada, Got a fellow called a Buckaroo. Now me down from Wyoming, This is really something new! You see we've got some fellows, Who can rope as well as ride
23099 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 12 Gary Anderson The Ranger It was almost that time of year, To the forest them cows must go. For it isn't no fun let me tell you, It was uphill and mighty slow.
23100 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 13 Gary Anderson Death Ed came to the house, and woke me up, Was near 3 o'clock in the morn. Said he was having trouble, With this calf tryin' to be born. Got up and walked down to the barn.
23101 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 14 Gary Anderson Babies Having Babies You always hear these stories, About cowboys chasing cows. Well, partner I'm here to tell you, They don't start out that way - no how! Now I'm talking about these four legged kind. Got hair, and hide and feet.
23102 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 15 Gary Anderson Hired Hand One place I worked at, Calving cows out one spring, Had this hired hand there, And man could he sing. Some songs were so sad, They brought tears to your eyes.
23103 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 16 Gary Anderson Another Cow's Tail Now, I've had my share of problems, Some of them's been mighty bad. If you've got a minute to read about, The latest that I've had. You see, I was calving a bunch of cows, Up in Wyoming, where the snow gets deep
23104 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 18 Gary Anderson Wyoming Cow?? Up here in Wyoming we've got some special cows, That are a very different kind of breed. But every fall they wean a big ol' calf, Which is all a cow outfit needs. You see she's got one horn hanging, That's plumb different than the other.
23105 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 19 Gary Anderson Cowboy Santa Now Ol' Santa is a cowboy, I know this to be true, Instead of those bells jingling, His spurs sing a different tune. Once I thought I saw him,
23106 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 20 Gary Anderson Cowboy's Christmas Eve It was the eve before Christmas, Though a beautiful night, Gave a kiss to my wife, As I turned out the light. Heard this gentle rapping, Upon my window pane.
23107 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 22 Gary Anderson The Real Rudolph Story Been stories going 'round for years, About how Rudolph saved the day. When Santa hooked him to the lead spot, To guide him on his way. Now, that part of the story's true. How his nose shined like a beacon.
23108 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 23 Gary Anderson George's Christmas Ride George called me up on Christmas Eve, Said he had one ride he'd make. He rented a Santa Claus outfit in town, Would bring some presents before the kids were awake.
23109 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 24 Gary Anderson Reflections One time I made a big mistake, When I'd ran plumb out of hope. Seems I roped this big old bull, 'Round the neck with my ol' rope. If I hadn't been tied down hard and fast, Would have been no problem at all.
23110 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 25 Gary Anderson Dry Spot It's been six days since the sun last shined, Been raining or snowing the whole damned time. Beginning to think the whole world is wet, If there's a dry spot, I ain't found it yet.
23111 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 26 Gary Anderson Bikini Cowgirl Caught my orse up early, Had to move some cows today. Hauled him over, sorted them cows, Headed down that black highway
23112 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 27 Gary Anderson Cowman's Dream Someday I wish that some feller, Who was in his right mind, Would tell these other buyers, Just what catltle they're tryin' to find. Some years they want big fat ones,,
23113 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 28 Gary Anderson Scours Ain't no worse sight to see, Then a baby calf with scours. Pick him up and pack him home, Gotta watch him by the hours. Chances are slim to none, When a bad case has been found.
23114 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 29 Gary Anderson Wyoming Weather Went to bed the other night, It was colder than it had been. Just got to sleep and got woke up, Here came that big ol' wind! Went out to check the cows at three,
23115 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 29 Gary Anderson Captain Hook The place that I am working now, You should really come and look! The Boss man tries to catch those calves, With an old time used sheep hook!
23116 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 30 Gary Anderson The Cutter's Last Request Said the Devil to this Cutter, "Son, it's not quite clear, What you did wrong on that earth, To get sent to me down here". "We've got nobody by your name,
23117 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 32 Gary Anderson Night Out Had a different situation, 'Bout a year or two ago. Went out to check the heifers, It was cold and blowing snow. It was dark as the ace of spades, And I'd forgot my light.
23118 Cow Trails and Cowboy Tales FC 11 A-18 33 Gary Anderson Rope-A-Dope I'll tell you a sad story, That I hope you will believe. It isn't nuthin' but the truth, So don't get up and leave. You see I take a lot of pride, In the way I can throw that rope. The one that I have now I've named,