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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
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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
23941 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 8 D.L. Chance Wylie And The Movies It must have been back in the early Twenties that movies really caught on, and took hold.
23942 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 13 D.L. Chance Dusting The Cows The sun was hot, and the dust was thick. It was some hard work at the pens that day.
23943 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 14 D.L. Chance Waltz With Me, Maggie 1. At a barn dance up in Idaho, he watched her move round' cross the floor.
23944 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 16 D.L. Chance A Gunfight For The History Books "Yeah, it was a gunfight for the history books!", all the townsfolk looked at each other and said.
23945 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 18 D.L. Chance Sister Mininie I think Sister Minnie, the Sunday School teacher took a certain pleasure in being ill.
23946 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 20 D.L. Chance The Lord Likes Cowboys On a wooded mountain ridge, one sunny spring day taking a break, sat two hardened old cowboys. "I don't think the Lord likes us cowboys too much."
23947 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 22 D.L. Chance Riding The Highway Horses Now, I'm sure you've all seen 'em before, you know, those riding operations just off the highway.
23948 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 24 D.L. Chance Mink Ranching I bought the wife a new coat last fall and I made a pretty good purchase, I think.
23949 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 26 D.L. Chance The Cowboy Fiddler Cowboys have always like music. I'd guess that most of them have tried to sing a little.
23950 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 28 D.L. Chance Old Man Zeke Old Man Zeke Phillips was a tightwad. He owned the only bank in town, and he also ran a little pawnshop, too where you might pick up some change if you were down.
23951 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 30 D.L. Chance Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet "You'll never make it," my friends all told me, "and you'll be right back here soon enough." "Maybe you're right, so what can I lose?" I answered, "besides, I really like this cowboy stuff."
23952 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 32 D.L. Chance Arliss And Deacon Caine At the end of a big cattle drive in, oh, it must have been the late 1880's a bunch of the trailhands cleaned up and went into town
23953 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 39 D.L. Chance The Skunk I was told of an incident that happened on a roundup by the old cook who saw the whole thing.
23954 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 40 D.L. Chance They Came Before Us As we approach the end of the century, there are those of us who look on with a certain hunger at the very last living links with the Old West.
23955 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 42 D.L. Chance Real Cowboy Food The item on the menu was just called "Cowboy Beans." Now this got me to wondering some. Just what did those old cowboys eat, and how did it taste?
23956 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 44 D.L. Chance A Cow Is A Cow The ad in the paper said, "Wanted, somebody to work cows." "Now that's right up my alley." the cowboy thought, "Since I'm out of work anyhow."
23957 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 46 D.L. Chance The Shotgun Wedding Of all the customs that mankind has invented for starting out in family life, the shotgun wedding has to be the most unique of the ways a man can take a wife.
23958 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 49 D.L. Chance Hollywood Bound A few of the boys were sittin' round' talking one year at the end of the season "What you gonna do now" was the man topic of discussion
23959 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 56 D.L. Chance Mr. Lincoln's Atmostphere I've heard that Abraham Lincoln learned to read by the light of a wood fire and oil lamp.
23960 Coming Out Of The Cowboy Closet (Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-56 58 D.L. Chance The West Calls Me Home I was born a southerner with my ancestry firmly bound to the birthplace of The Confederacy for generations on down.
23961 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 1 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Camp Cook Cooken out in the open over an open campfire pit. Makes the food taste a little different any how for the first little bit.
23962 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 3 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Let's Call The Vet Like most ranchers. I think I know how an animal is feel'en So instead of getten the vet, I try to do my own cowboy healen.
23963 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 5 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Dealen With The Horse Trader An ol' horse trader come around, and say's... "I want to see your best". Show me just the good one's, I ain't interested in the rest".
23964 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 6 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone The Horse Sale My ridden horses were a gettin kinda thin, they were wore plum out, We were a needen fresh one's, of this there was no doubt.
23965 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 8 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone My Loan For The P.C.A. Ten years ago borrown en money was the way to get ahead. Anyway that's what everyone that I talked to had said.