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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
23438 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 65 Kenneth Goss Chapter Seventeen Prose: Elmer Cox was a feller I met over in South Dakota. He was a few years older than me, and a whole lot tougher. He told me so himself.
23439 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 68 Kenneth Goss Chapter Eighteen Prose: My grandad on my pa's side lived in northwest Texas most of his life. I only seen him once, when he come to visit us when I was about twelve years old.
23440 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 72 Kenneth Goss Chapter Nineteen Prose: Now it seems like I always had a good memory for brands. I knew most everyone's brand that lived in the country around Richey and for quite a ways beyond.
23441 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 77 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twenty Prose: Amanda Wallen showed up in the early homestead days. She was one of the first settlers to file on a claim down on what they called HOrse Crick. She said she loaded everything she could beg, borrow, or steal
23442 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 81 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twenty-one Prose: Seems like most of my stories is about moonshiners or horse or cow thieves or some other undesriable characters. We had our share of them like most communities, but we had a lot more of the other kind.
23443 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 84 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twenty-two Now along in the twenties, while I had my place rented out, I got a job workin for the Frye Cattle Company at Poplar. Frye had a good sized bunch of cows
23444 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 91 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twenty-three When I first got back to Poplar after I'd been gone about a month, Fred called me into the office and said, "Jack, there's still a few more horses the boys up at Browning
23445 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 97 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twenty-four Prose: Now along about the time I'd got to thinkin I might be old enough to think about retirin, I got a letter from a woman IN Omaha, Nebraska, named Otilia somethin or ohter.
23446 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 100 Kenneth Goss Chapter Twenty-five Prose: The last few years I farmed was real good crop years, but it seemed like the work was gettin harder and harder and I was gettin slower.
23447 From Poison Creek to Redwater FC 11 G-40 102 Kenneth Goss Former Bronc Rider I used to be a bronc rider I never could figure out why If someone said, "That horse sure can buck" I'd have to go give him a try.
23448 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 43 A.G. Nelson Cow Pasture Pool Author Lee Pitts once explained, The reasons cowboys shouldn't play golf; Seeing a cowboy's pale legs in shorts, To me is, plenty reason enough!
23449 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 48 A.G. Nelson The Oyster Fry This story all came to pass, Many long winter nights ago; When my brother Jim decided, Off to college he would go.
23450 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 53 A.G. Nelson The Shoppin' Trip It's a strange symbiotic relationship, This courtship -n- marriage -n- such; And it seems the longer you're in it, You find you haven't learned all that much.
23451 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 57 A.G. Nelson Tally Ho The Fox When it comes to new experiences, I'm always up for a change in pace; So when my friend offered a fox hunt, I couldn't resist joinin' the chase.
23452 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 61 A.G. Nelson Missin' Thumbs We all have our distinguishing features, Some are more obvious than others; And they make us all individualized, And easily identified by our mothers.
23453 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 65 A.G. Nelson Cowboy Dictionary It seems we all have our own lingo, That we were either born with or acquired; Mine happens to be a western drawl, That not too many people have admired.
23454 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 69 A.G. Nelson Bull vs Geo I sure wish I was present, That snowy day way back when; But the story my brother recounts, Is as good as any pictures or pen.
23455 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 73 A.G. Nelson The Japanese Quarterhorse I haven't much recollection, Of the events that recently transpired; But one thing's for certain, My days of motorcycles have expired!
23456 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 77 A.G. Nelson The Texan I'm sure we've all met fellers, That we didn't particularly care for; For one reason or another, You just couldn't take em' anymore!
23457 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 81 A.G. Nelson Pete And The Wolf I've been known to embellish tales, And my nose like Pinocchio's grew; But the story of my friend Pete, And an unsuspecting wolf is true.
23458 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 85 A.G. Nelson One Expensive Chip We have all had brain misfires, That happen every twice in a while; And I seem to recall a potato chip, That made me miss a synapse by a mile.
23459 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 89 A.G. Nelson The Catchpen Chiropractor Ol' Leroy is a pretty good feller, And not a bad cowhand to boot; But he's been plagued with lumbago, For most of his life, the poor old coot.
23460 RU Lazy 2? FC 11 N-15 93 A.G. Nelson Wild Cow Milking There are a gaggle of great sports, That exist throughout the old west; But none sticks out quite like rodeo, And that seems to be the one I like best.
23461 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 2 Richard Fendry Entrepreneur at Sundown Prose: The filthy rags and torn boots that strained to clothe the young man provided a strange contrast to his gaudy studded holster and matching belt.
23462 Tales of the Old West Bane K. Wilker FC 11 W-33 v. 3 no. 4 15 Luke Warm Sam Spade Sam Spade had a slow business, Gunslingers weren't sprayin' much lead. Sam's parlor was frequently empty, the undertakin' business was dead.