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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23288 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 112 Dick Hays The Sandhouse Committee Got to tell this little story, Seems I can't be still About how things get started Up on gossip hill. Says Mrs. What's her-name
23289 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 113 Dick Hays The Wreck of the Twenty-Three All of you boys that's here in the mine Recall that night in thirty-nine. You can remember the night if you will. And the get together on the crusher hill
23290 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 117 Dick Hays Enlisting I saw a picture poster in a large department store Of a Seabee with a Tommy-gun on a South Pacific shore. He was ridin' on a dozer, knockin' down th' island palms
23291 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 118 Dick Hays Th' Boot Camp Barber Shop Th' boot camp barber shop Is one I won't forget, Th' falling curls, th' delight of th' girls, Why, I can see them yet. Th' butcher stood behind his chair,
23292 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 119 Dick Hays Th' Boot Sentry Walkin' up an' down this post Beneath a blazin' sun, A cartridge belt around my waist, On my shoulder rides a gun.
23293 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 120 Dick Hays Walkin' Now God gave me a pair of legs To fit a pony's side, An' everywhere I had to go, You can bet your life I'd ride. I didn't think that walkin' Would ever be for me,
23294 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 121 Dick Hays Chow Line From th' barracks to th' chow hall We march three times a day, To th' poorly counted cadence Of a self-apointed, green M.A.
23295 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 122 Dick Hays The Recruiting Officer There's lots of talk around the bunk When our day is done, As to what the boys are going to hunt When the war is won. Some talk of deer and elk and moose,
23296 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 123 Dick Hays Th' G.I. Issue Box up those precious civies an' send them home to Ma, You're goint through th' issue room, your clothing now to draw.
23297 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 124 Dick Hays Pots an' Pans I've wrangled cows in Texas, Arizona, an' New Mexico, Through th' sultry summer, An' th' drivin' winter snow
23298 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 125 Dick Hays Hitler and the Devil Beside a blazing fire In the deepest holes of hell, Hitler and the Devil Sat down to chat a spell.
23299 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 126 Dick Hays A Cowboy Goes to Sea I've rode th' humps of Brahmer bulls With just one hand to pull, Spur rowels both a-rollin' free An' a bitin' at th' bull. I've been a-top th' bareback bronc
23300 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 129 Dick Hays Th' Wild Goat Hunt Th' wild goats roam th' Oahu peaks An' have done so for years, Just eat an' sleep an' reproduce In th' rocks an' prickly pears. They range high on th' moutain tops
23301 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 131 Dick Hays Th' Liberty Hound A seabee sat on th' edge of his bed, His shaking hands held his aching head. His blood shot eyes gazed off in space, An' there was pain an' misery all over his face.
23302 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 135 Dick Hays The Windmill Granddad had a windmill And it went 'round and 'round, A-squekin' and a-squawkin' And pullin' water from the ground. Grandma raised a garden,
23303 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 136 Dick Hays Th' Professional Windmiller Th' telephone rang in th' middle of th' night Nearly jumpin' off th' wall. Th' windmiller's wife rose from her bed An' sleepily answered th' call. Th' rancher's voice came loud an' clear.
23304 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 137 Dick Hays Making Water out of Wind Th' wild wind speaks among th' peaks An' sweeps across th' desert floor, Th' tumble weeds fly up in th' sky
23305 From a Cowboy's Point of View FC 11 H-52 138 Dick Hays How to Buy a Windmill A windmill is just a windmill, any size will do, An' any dude that has th' price can buy one anywhere. Just go to town an' pick it up an haulit right on back,
23306 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 14 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant While Yet We May Ancient, wrinkled dames and jealous-- They whom joyless Age downcasts-- And the sere, gray-bearded fellows Who would fain re-live their pasts
23307 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 1 Skinny Rowland Too Much Bull Now this here is a story, with amoral good and true, and it might be this story, awaas written just for you.
23308 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 15 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant His Masterpiece Never before was daughter of Eve endow'd with a face so fair, There be none of God's holy angels with a beauty half so rare.
23309 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 2 Skinny Rowland Winning a Wife Now this here is the story, of how I took the beauty of the west, I won't talk about my brains and looks, just about the rest. She came riding past my cabin, right next to the trees
23310 The Poetry of 'Breaker' Morant FC 11 M-58 16 Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant Westward Ho! There's a damper in the ashes, tea and sugar in the bags, There's whips of feed and shelter on the sandridge for the nags.
23311 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 3 Skinny Rowland The North Dakota Fire Now North Dakota had a library, a thing of pride it was indeed, and they kept it open all day long, in case someone learned to read. Then one fateful day disaster struck,
23312 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 4 Skinny Rowland Old Smeller Now I lay me down to sleep, beside this big old hairy creep. If he should die before I wake, I'd take it as a lucky break.