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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
23916 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 14 D.L. Chance Line Shack Winter Charlie Phipps worked a winter line shack on the old Spring Valley ranch in Idaho.
23917 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 23 D.L. Chance Texas #2 The French tourguide became unusually distressed when the rich Texan gazed at the Eiffel, unimpressed.
23918 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 23 D.L. Chance Steppin' Lively This Cowboy once asked me to play him a fast one, and I really tried hard to comply. "Hell, that ain't so fast, speed it up some!"
23919 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 24 D.L. Chance Big Ed's Manners The hands out at the Wagon Wheel ranch have always used good manners at the table.
23920 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 26 D.L. Chance Ghost Towns "If these walls could talk, what would they say? Just what could this old ghost town tell me?"
23921 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 28 D.L. Chance Jake, The Storyteller Yes sir, Jake Hawkins could tell some captivating tales, and everyone of them guaranteed true!
23922 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 30 D.L. Chance An Afternoon In The West He was an old cowboy, sitting in a wheelchair on the porch of a nursing home in the tiny ranching village of Melrose, New Mexico
23923 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 32 D.L. Chance Willard And The Big Hog A bunch of the cowboys out by Little Creek still like to talk about that night When Old Willard Hill got back in late, and told about that terrifying sight.
23924 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 41 D.L. Chance Underneath A Cowboy Moon 1. Well the work's at an end and we're riding again, the roundup's come and gone.
23925 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 42 D.L. Chance The Cowboy And The Banker A cowboy once went to see the banker, to inquire into takin gout a loan.
23926 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 43 D.L. Chance Shortie #4 A wise man will seek out wisdom, or so I've always believed. A modest man will tend to underplay any accomplishments he may have achieved.
23927 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 44 D.L. Chance Cowboy Practical Jokes #2 Cowboys are a noble, trustworthy bunch with the morals of a Sunday School teacher.
23928 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 46 D.L. Chance A Shortie "Sell me a horse cheap!", the greenhorn demanded. The Cowboy thought this was somewhat high-handed.
23929 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 47 D.L. Chance The Carolina Kid At the airport in Charlston I was corralled by a kid, while once trying to get into Birmingham.
23930 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 48 D.L. Chance The Coyote Cafe The Coyote Cafe was a true institution, and had been for many, many years. It was out where Hwy. 7 crosses the river.
23931 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 50 D.L. Chance The Trick Roper "Now, let me see," I said to myself, "there must be some trick here that I don't get."
23932 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 51 D.L. Chance The Society Cowboy Sophistication, in itself, is an artificial concept held dear mainly by the sophisticated.
23933 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 53 D.L. Chance Shortie #6 "Has this church got an outhouse?" the rude Cowboy asked too loudly. The Parson stopped right in mid-sermon, then answered somewhat proudly.
23934 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 54 D.L. Chance The Trail Cook Supper is a long time coming to a cowboy who's been at it since five.
23935 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 57 D.L. Chance The Old Woman's Trail Chili Next to beans, this was the trail cook's best dish. Most of the ingredients could be carried in the chuck wagon without the probability of spoiling.
23936 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 58 D.L. Chance A Father's Cowboy Dreams "Dad, when I grow up I want to be...," my son began as we took a little walk. I was somewhat startled by what he told me, but, trying to be a good father, I just let him talk.
23937 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 3 D.L. Chance Where Are The Real Cowboys? Where are the real cowboys, in Texas or Wyoming? I guess it don't matter where they're from as much as where they're going.
23938 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 4 D.L. Chance Old Windy Old Windy was a dude ranch stockhorse. Spend most of his time hauling city folks around.
23939 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 6 D.L. Chance A Cowboy Likes Gambling I haven't met a cowboy yet who didn't love to gamble. I guess it must be something they're born with like a love of horses, or the urge to ramble.
23940 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 7 D.L. Chance Dressed For The Dance These three cowboys took out walking to a dance on Saturday night. There was a big full moon shining out overhead so they had plenty of moonlight.