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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
23313 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 5 Skinny Rowland Alaska -- No More! Now Alaska is the place to go, or so once I heard it said, so I up and left Montana, to live up there instead. Well now I am much wiser, and also somewhat older
23314 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 6 Skinny Rowland Old Pete the Poacher Now he had trout for breakfast, darn near the whole year through, and he ate a lot of antelope, and deer and elk meat too. Sometimes he had some veal, from a nearby rancher's heard
23315 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 7 Skinny Rowland Old Truthful Dan Now old "Truthful" Dan he told me tales, and I'd really listen well, to those fascinating tales he told, as these stories he would tell. Well during the time I was a lad, and he was quite old and gray,
23316 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 8 Skinny Rowland The Hermit Now this old world ain't fit no more, for ary a man or beast, and a lief lived in the city, is the leastest of the least. Now some might call it "loner,"
23317 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 9 Skinny Rowland A Bear Story Now I have always been a calm one, and I've never been afriad, for I always pack a muzzle loader, and aknife with a ten inch blade. Well one day while hunting rabbits, I came across a bear instead,
23318 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 10 Skinny Rowland Old Lonsome Joe Now he was called "Old Lonesome Joe", and he lived a long way back, in a place called Lonesome Valley, in his little one room shack.
23319 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 11 Skinny Rowland A Quick Way to Learn Now Mom she used to whip us, when at some mischief we were caught, but she'd lay it on uch easier,, if we yelled and screamed a lot.
23320 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 12 Skinny Rowland Old Stupid Now the boss hired on his nephew, he said he owed his brother one, well brother sure got overpaid when he hired that brother's so. That idiot he was the stupidest hand, that any foreman ever saw,
23321 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 13 Skinny Rowland Numbers Don't Figure When making up a tally sheet, counting heads will number stock, you don't sell cattle by the herd, or sell sheep by the flock. If sizing up a string of horses, you have to make a count
23322 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 14 Skinny Rowland One Final Cure Now this doctor had went on for ears, giving out potions and pills, for thousands of sore aches and pains, and much more elaborate ills. Well he had wee bits of these cures, in bottles all over the place,
23323 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 15 Skinny Rowland The Road to Town Now that old road out to the ranch, it needs a little repair, it has some ruts along the way, and a pothole here and there. Now a time or two while riding, I couldn't tell which was which.
23324 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 16 Skinny Rowland Watchdog Now I thought it might be pretty nice, to have a watchdog on the place, and though I'd never lost a thing, I up and bought one just in case. Well they brought him over to me, while I was out just yesterday,
23325 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 17 Skinny Rowland Just Don't Talk It seems that I am always wrong, and can never do things right, my wife asks a darn fool question, and we wind up in a fight. Once she came up to me, and raising my arms she slid beneath
23326 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 18 Skinny Rowland Running Scared Now my wife she says to me, there's a long and creepy thing, laying up ther eon that rock, right next to the spring. So I we
23327 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 19 Skinny Rowland Flatlanders Way down there form our moutains, those flatland slickers dwell, and once I took a trip down there, now I have this tale to t
23328 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 20 Skinny Rowland My Old Model T & Me Now there was a glib tongued peddler, who dealt in Model T's, and I surely was took in by him, and those words of speed and ease. So I traded of fmy old horse ug,
23329 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 21 Skinny Rowland Convincing Collateral Now the rancher had a notion, that it was time now to expand, and get a loan for fencing, and more cattle for his land.
23330 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 22 Skinny Rowland It All Adds Up Now there was a gunslinger, a real humdinger, who liked to show off his skills, but he was finally shot down, in this small western town, by a lad who came
23331 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 23 Skinny Rowland The Perfect Breed We hear a lot on Pitbull dogs, and all about the Terrier, then some prefer the Doberman, or Collie which is hairer.
23332 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 24 Skinny Rowland The Widder Now old widder Jones was on the prowl, she was aiming to collar a man, so she wailed out her long mating howl, and her quest for her new love began.
23333 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 25 Skinny Rowland The Man of the House Now go get the eggs, and then feed the dogs, and clean out the stalls, and go slop the ogs. Then toss down some hay, and go milk the cow,
23334 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 26 Skinny Rowland "Real" Cowboys? Now you sure ain't no cowpoke dude, from way out in the west, I sure don't see no big guitar, or sequins on your vest. and you aint got no big white hat,
23335 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 27 Skinny Rowland The Secret Life Now Jimmy you tie up that horse, then get washed up to eat, comb our hair and tuck in your shirt, and clean off those mmuddy feet.
23336 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 28 Skinny Rowland Bedbugs i came across this cabin, miles back in some wooded hills, so tired I could have slept, on a bed of porcupine quills. Well I layed down on the bunk bed, but before I got to sleep
23337 Poems by Skinny FC 11 R-41 29 Skinny Rowland Old Lightning I s'pose you girls will want to listne, as I tell the fellers all the latest, it just happens now I've got a horse and it just happens he's the greatest.