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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
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.
23825 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 38 Baxter Black Feedlot Heroes Now and then I get to thinkin' I should quit this feedlot job. Go and ride with Buster, what's-his-name, his Texas wagon mob.
23826 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 40 Baxter Black The Vegetable Defamation Trial It was a severe case of vegetable defamation the makin's of a landmark case of harassment and abuse.
23827 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 42 Baxter Black Rhino Love Dr. Fosse, once of Pretoria, commented that most of my stories involved wrecks. I said I think it's the nature of business.
23828 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 44 Baxter Black Mr. Dewey's Hook & Chain I went out with Mr. Dewey, maybe learn a thing or two. We motored through the pasture to his cows Till our path befell a crossing, a trail laid to waste.
23829 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 46 Baxter Black The Samaritan Angel "He's been hurt," cried out the angel, "That ol' counterfeit went down. I knew that horse was bad news from the start. Somethin' bad inside is broken."
23830 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 48 Baxter Black Johnny Was A Mule Man Johnny was a mule man, which says a lot to me. His motto: keep it simple. Lay it out for me to see. If a kid can't understand it, it's pro'bly bound to fail.
23831 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 50 Baxter Black How Do You Know It's Christmas? So, how do you know it's Christmas? 'Cause the sheep can always tell. They follow a little tradition and have for quite a spell.
23832 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 52 Baxter Black Santy's Emission Sticker The word came down last Christmas that Santy was not in compliance. His mode of transportation fell far short of the standards of science.
23833 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 54 Baxter Black The Therapeutic Goat Goat: 1) The most widely domesticated ruminant in the world 2) Cantaknerous person, as in "Old Goat" 3) Ancient canon thought to ward off equine disease.
23834 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 56 Baxter Black R.C. & Bud R.C. is an animal lover. Myabe not the kind of animal lover that the term has comme to mean in this era of animal rights activism, but the kind that requires a greater commitment.
23835 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 58 Baxter Black Salesman's Dilemma I had sold a magic bolus to a farmer. It was guaranteed to rid his herd of flies It would pass out with the pucky and if everyone got lucky It would kill the eggs the flies laid in the pies.
23836 Loose Cow Party FC 11 B-67 60 Baxter Black All Ranch Rodeo 'Twas a matchup made in Elko for the cowboys in the know Called the Rough and Ready Knock Down Finals All Ranch Rodeo.
23838 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 3 Don Bishop Cattle Drive The words conjure images of the open range, dusty trails, longhorns, horses, and cowboys.
23839 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 5 Don Bishop The Cowboy Never in this land before us, and nevermore hereafter will the world know such a people as American Cowboys.
23840 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 7 Don Bishop The Longhorn The idea of driving Texas Longhorns to market changed the course of history.