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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23841 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 9 Don Bishop The Remuda When the Cattle Drive era began, the great buffalo herds were disappearing, Indian wars were raging, and two million mustangs ran wild in the West.
23842 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 11 Don Bishop The Chuck Wagon Charlie Goodnight built the first chuck wagon in 1866. After thousands of cattle drives, few changes were made to his design.
23843 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 13 Don Bishop The Brand Perhaps no other symbol of the catte drive era was more sacred to the cattleman than a brand.
23844 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 15 Don Bishop The Trails The legends brough forth of longhorn and horse, of cowboy culture and creed, tell how they pointed 'em North, never knowing, of course, they'd be heroes to fellas like me.
23845 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 17 Don Bishop The Supply Station Red River and Doan's store were supply stations on the Red River. Each was also a saloon and post office.
23846 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 19 Don Bishop The Code Of The West A cowboy's word is his sacred bond Bargains sealed with a handshake are more binding than legal documents.
23847 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 21 Don Bishop The End Of The Trails American Society is profoundly affected by a century of progress, but forever bound by the legacy of the cowboy.
23848 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 25 Don Bishop The Tradition Some folks just don't get it. They think owning horses makes no sense. It takes too much time, too much equipment, Not to mention the expense.
23849 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 27 Don Bishop Our Pony Dad brought home a little pony, As pretty as could be. Unloaded her in the Spring, I was either two or three.
23850 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 29 Don Bishop The Barn It's where we did our chores, Learned responsibility, too. Our animals were countin' on us. Dad made sure we knew.
23851 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 31 Don Bishop At Five At five, I rode my pony Over mom and dad's ranch. I was the best cowboy ever. You could tell at half a glance.
23852 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 33 Don Bishop Big Enough I'm big enough. I can round up a stray. Little Blackie and I Can work hard all day.
23853 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 35 Don Bishop Take Me Home We lived in the country, rode a million miles. Thinking about those fun times Brings million dollar smiles.
23854 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 37 Don Bishop First Love She's in all my childhood memories, The reason dreams came true. My brothers, friends, neighbors, and I Learned to ride on her, too.
23855 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 39 Don Bishop A Simpler Time Country roads and hay rides. Was it real or just a dream? Marshmallows and hot dogs. We made our own ice cream.
23856 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 43 Don Bishop If If you dare to seek your dreams With feet planted on the ground. If a handshake is all it takes For bargains to be bound.
23857 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 45 Don Bishop The Path There are poems about paths not taken, Like dreams that can't come true. Life's a wandering highway, Can't always do what you wanat to.
23858 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 47 Don Bishop Cowboy Up "Horseman" and "Cowboy" Are titles of great respect. They must never be abused By a moment of neglect.
23859 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 49 Don Bishop Don't Sell Your Saddle Don't give up on your dreams. Keep workin' to make 'em come true. Don't ever sell your saddle. Your dreams won't give up on you.
23860 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 51 Don Bishop Teamwork If you never score a touchdown Or hit a great home run, If you never feel what it's like To shoot the goal that won.
23861 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 53 Don Bishop The Cowboy Creed Life is like a rodeo, You don't know what's in store. God is up there keepin' time And he's always keepin' score.
23862 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 57 Don Bishop One More Day Even with our progress, Some things stay the same. Cattle still need brandin'. There are horses yet to name.
23863 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 59 Don Bishop The Front Porch Last night when the chores were all finished We sat on the porch and took in the view. The horses were fed, combed ,curried, and brushed Which untangled my mind, too.
23864 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 61 Don Bishop The Dream Times like these remind me Of things I wanted to do. I never built our log cabin. Lord knows, I want to.
23865 The Code Of The West - Then, Now, Forever - FC 11 B-68 63 Don Bishop Dad's Dreams I learned to play guitar Because he taught me a few chords. He could tell I loved to build, He bought the saw and boards.