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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
23800 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 52 T.L. Bush A cowboy was gettin' ready to check into a hotel and he asked the manager if his dog would be allowed to stay with him.
23801 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 53 T.L. Bush A bunch of cowboys were sittin' around the back door of a big building where they were getting ready for an indoor rodeo later that night.
23802 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 54 T.L. Bush It's been said that a cowboy spends the first twenty years of his life with his mother asking him where he's goin'.
23803 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 55 T.L. Bush An old cowboy was sittin' in the outhouse readin' a copy of the latest catalog.
23804 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 56 T.L. Bush A bunch of cowboys were down in Florida for a rodeo when one of them got the idea to go deep sea fishing.
23805 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 57 T.L. Bush A cowboy was getting ready to leave with his friends for a weekend of rodeos, when his wife got the idea to show just how no good a rascal he was.
23806 Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, and Stuff FC 11 B-65 59 T.L. Bush Just A Thought I hope you ride just enough bad horses in your life, To really appreciate the good ones. And I hope the good ones take you safely Down the trails of life you choose to follow.
23807 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 4 Baxter Black Loose Cowboy "It's for you," his darlin' told him as he lay back in the chair For a well deserved siesta. Ugh, it wasn't really fair.
23808 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 6 Baxter Black Springtime In The Rockies Ah, springtime. That first hint of life beginning anew, the annual transformation, the earth taking off its long johns, shedding its skin, clearing its throat in long tubercular coughs
23809 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 8 Baxter Black Prolapse From The Black Lagoon It came from outta nowhere, like a prolapse in the night. Which, in fact is what it was my friends, the cow vet's scourge and plight.
23810 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 10 Baxter Black Illinois Cowboy "Where were you born?" The reporter asked one of my Colorado cowboy friends. "Iowa," he answered. "Iowa!" she said. "Why did you move?"
23811 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 12 Baxter Black The Fairground It was every fairboard's nightmare when the lightning hit the stage. 'Course, it might have been expected; it was just another page
23812 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 14 Baxter Black If Herefords Were Black If Herefords were black and Angus were red would breeders of Herefords breed Angus instead?
23813 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 16 Baxter Black Waiting For Daddy "Mama, when's Daddy comin' home? Is it time to worry yet?" "By supper, darlin'. Eat your Cheerios."
23814 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 18 Baxter Black Loose In The Sale Barn They weren't in the habit of raisin' wild cattle in that part of Michigan, so the fences aren't that high. But when the heifer cruised into the sale ring like a shark in to the kiddie pool, everybody knew they might not be high enough.
23815 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 20 Baxter Black The Horse Show Conversation "A fine lookin' horse you've got there (if yer into modern art) I had a horse like that one time (but he wasn't very smart),
23816 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 22 Baxter Black The Outfitter's Jerky In hunting camp an outfitter leaned down and stirred the fire. His client belched contentedly and said, "Might I inquire,
23817 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 24 Baxter Black The Power Professional Processing Team It struck in late October like a plague of mustard gas. It started with a trickle but then soon began to mass In pens and cattle alleys on the new receiving side.
23818 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 26 Baxter Black Visiting Dogs When I hear a truck pull up in front of the house and the pandemonium of dogs barkin' would wake a hibernating mastodoon, I relax. It's only my neighbor, D.K., come to borrow something of his back.
23819 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 28 Baxter Black The Proud Cut Holstein Steer I'll never know just how I got that proud cut Holstein steer. I'd rather have lasagna fingers wiggled in my ear.
23820 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 30 Baxter Black Both Sides Yeah, he wished he was a cowboy but just at times like this When he's spent the day a'horseback and had time to reminisce.
23821 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 32 Baxter Black Helpless Helpless. The worst winter in Dakota's memory, 1997. Cattle losses estimated at 300,000 head. And how did they die? From exposure and lack of feed.
23822 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 33 Baxter Black Water The big boy land developers hired them a worn out hack To go and buy the water rights off farmers down the track.
23823 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 34 Baxter Black Night Man In The Heifer Lot I came on just after supper. Boss had fixed a little sheep camp with a bed and propane burner so a feller couuld have coffee in the middle of the night.
23824 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 36 Baxter Black Ted's Big Steer Ted and his dad needed some cows to stock their little ranch in Oklahoma, and they needed 'em right away. A local trader solved their problem and injected a couple loads into them.