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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
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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23638 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 6 Belvina W. Bertino Dawn There is no grander place to be Than on the ranch at half past three To watch the miracle of dawn Flame through the skies in early morn.
23639 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 6 Belvina W. Bertino Nature's Easel Thickly wooded mountains Rise majestically To the spired silver castle Standing guard
23640 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 8 Merrily Wright Ode to organic gardeners Some are sayin' cattle are a scourge on the land.
23641 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 10 Merrily Wright My husband was out ridin' My husband was out ridin' when I went into labor
23642 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 12 Merrily Wright A cowboy His horse is lean and tough, He'll go all day without a thirst
23643 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 14 Merrily Wright On a dark night On a dark night with the kids in bed, I went out to help in the calving shed.
23644 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 16 Merrily Wright The Proverbs 31 ranch wife The ranch wife who can find? Her worth is far above the land.
23645 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 18 Merrily Wright The lowly cow chip What many have aversion to and some folks will deny, we're dependent on the cow chip for survival by and by.
23646 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 22 Merrily Wright Town day It's quite a drive out that dirt road, where the livin's good and time goes slow
23648 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 25 Merrily Wright Otter and trout Two endangered species sittin' in teh water one was a trout, one was an otter.
23649 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 26 Merrily Wright It's not how you look When it comes to cowboyin' it's plain to see there's some that have a strange mastery
23650 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 28 Merrily Wright By faith The trucks were coming to take out herd, the loan was large and overdue,
23651 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 30 Merrily Wright A dentist's request Dear Merrily, You might think this request is strange but I thought yo could help living there on the range.
23652 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 32 Merrily Wright A spiritual moment There was nothing that could stop me, I was going to be the best whatever I tried I'd win if you put me to the test.
23653 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 34 Merrily Wright For everything there is a season As geese break the silence on a wet new spring air morning
23654 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 36 Merrily Wright Ray Ray Antelope born a Shoshone in changing times in a changing home Ray Antelope
23655 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 38 Merrily Wright There's a dog that I can't stand There's a dog that I can't stand, left here before we came
23656 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 41 Merrily Wright Our telephone The telephone for most folks is a common useful tool
23657 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 44 Merrily Wright Some governemnt thinkin' This land is yours this land is mine but this part's been reserved for life that's more important
23658 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 46 Merrily Wright Night vets Late one night during calvin' season
23659 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 51 Merrily Wright The garden The garden is a peaceful place so quiet and serene, amid the sage and desert land a paradise of green
23660 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 52 Merrily Wright Barbs When your out across the meadow checkin' fences in the spring.
23661 The Lowly cowchip: and other pungent poetry FC 11 W-31 54 Merrily Wright Rodeo Jo Born a girl among three brothers to a desert ranching home, she's a blessing to her mother and they named her Mary Jo
23662 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 6 Belvina W. Bertino March Kite A-Flying Icy hands and windblown cheeks, Tousled hair and rupled clothes; Eyes a-kindle as he shriekes, "See my kite--up there she goes!"
23663 Echoes Of The Dawn FC 11 B-63 7 Belvina W. Bertino Signs of Spring The sun gets up for breakfast now, And chesty meadowlarks all sing As wobbly claves close trail each cow Because it's spring.