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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.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2377 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 14 S. Omar Barker Bear Ropin' Buckaroo Now ropin' bears (says Uncle Sid) is sure a heap of fun.
2378 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 15 S. Omar Barker Jack Potter's Courtin' Now young Jack Potter was a man who knowed the ways of steers.
2379 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 17 Larry Chittendon The Cowboys' Christmas Ball Way out in western Texas, where the Clear Fork's waters flow.
2380 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 19 T.J. McCoy Alkali Pete Hits Town Clear the trail, you short-horn pilgrims, hunt your hole or climb a tree.
2381 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 21 anonymous Silver Jack I was on the drive in eighty, working under Silver Jack.
2382 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 23 Eugene Ware The Blizzard The fiddler was improvising.
2383 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 26 Anonymous Windy Bill Windy Bill was a Texas boy.
2384 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 28 D.J. O'Malley D-2 Horse Wrangler One day I thought I'd have some fun.
2385 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 30 James Barton Adams The Cowboy's Dance Song Now you can't expect a cowboy to agitate his shanks.
2386 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 32 Bruce Kiskaddon That Little Blue Roan Most all of you boy shave rode hosses like that.
2387 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 34 Bruce Kiskaddon When They've Finished Shipping Cattle in the Fall Though you're not exactly blue.
2388 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 38 Bruce Kiskaddon The Cowboy's Dream A cowboy and his trusty pal.
2389 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 42 Bruce Kiskaddon The Old Night Hawk I am up tonight in the pinnacles bold.
2390 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 47 Henry Herbert Knibbs Boomer Johnson Now Mr. Boomer Johnson was a gettin' old in spots.
2391 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 49 anonymous Murph and McClop It was a late afternoon in a cow town saloon.
2392 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 52 anonymous Silver Bells and Golden Spurs Twas a mining town called Golden Gulch.
2393 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 55 anonymous Hell in Texas The devil in Hades we're told was chained.
2394 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 57 Curley Fletcher The Strawberry Roan I'm a-layin' around, just spendin' muh time.
2395 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 59 Curley Fletcher The Flyin' Outlaw Come gather `round me, cowboys.
2396 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 65 Curley Fletcher The Cowboy's Prayer Out on the western prairies.
2397 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 69 Badger Clark A Cowboy's Prayer Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches grow.
2398 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 70 Nyle A. Henderson Bueno, Which in Spanish Means Good Stick around now and I'll tell ya one more.
2399 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 72 Nyle A. Henderson How Many Cows? A fella from town stopped by the other day.
2400 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 74 Carlos Ashley Ol' Edgar Martin I seen Ol' Edgar Martina-ridin 'by jus now.
2401 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 76 Georgie Sicking To be a Top Hand When I was a kid and doing my best to.