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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
23966 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 10 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Shoeing Horses My daddy used to shoe my horses, when I was short and small. It looked like a lot of work, so I paid no attention at all.
23967 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 12 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Milk Cows Milk cows were put on this earth, to wreck a man's quiet and silent life. They keep you from goin places and enjoyen your life, kinda like another wife.
23968 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 13 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone The Brand Inspector I made the Brand Inspector mad, he shaved my calves of all their hair. Anyone with half an-eye, could see those brands were all right there.
23969 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 15 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Hunt 'En Elk Cowboy Style Me and my pard, Seven Mazzone was in the high country hunt 'en elk all alone. The snow was deep and the wind blew hard I was wet and cold and so was pard.
23970 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 17 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Gatheren Wild Steers Me and Pard were chasen steers, and both were swingen quite a loop. The rain was pouren down real hard, and the ground was like mutton soup.
23971 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 19 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone My New A-Fork Saddle I have rode a lot of saddles from cheap ones to the best. Some that hurt my southern end so bad I'd never again be able to rest.
23972 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 20 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Women Now this is a touchy subject, One better left alone. Because women control all us men, A thought that chills us to the bone.
23973 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 21 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Inlaws Even though your married, to their daughter, who was made for you, You somehow failed to realize that you married her family too.
23974 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 22 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Friends Through my life I have managed, somehow to learn a lot. But, one thing I've learned for sure, true friends are earned not bought.
23975 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 23 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Fishen Fishen is suppose to be, a relax 'en and gentlemenly sport, Some fish private lakes, ponds and fancy dude resorts.
23976 "Cowboy'en Is Our Specialty" FC 11 C-58 24 Wade Collins and Seven Mazzone Picken Out A Bride My dad he once told me, about this pretty little dove. Said..Son if your gon a get married be sure that your in love.
23977 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 1 Wade Collins Lost The Boss We all worked here on this ranch and we had alot a fun. But sence the boss died, we ain't got much done.
23978 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 2 Wade Collins Up Tight I've always lived in the high country where people stay away. Raisen horses and cattle enjoyen life. Just liven day to day.
23979 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 4 Wade Collins 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 owon animal healen.
23980 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 6 Wade Collins The Creek Run Dry The creek run dry, there ain't been no rain. The grass is short and we're outa hay and grain.
23981 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 7 Wade Collins No. 1 Camp Cook Cooken out in the open over an open campfire pit makes the food taste a little different any how after the first little bit.
23982 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 9 Wade Collins Shoeing Horses My dad used to shoe my horses, when I was short and small. It looked like a lot of work, so I didn't pay no attention at all.
23983 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 10 Wade Collins My Loan From The P.C.A. Ten years ago borrown money was the way to get ahead. Anyway that's what everyone that I talked to had said.
23984 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 12 Wade Collins Milk Cows Milk cows were put on this earth, to wreck a man's quiet and silent life. They keep you from goin places and enjoyen your self, kinda like another wife.
23985 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 13 Wade Collins Dealing With Buck- The Horse Trader An ol' horse trader come around, and says... "I want to see your best." "Show me just the good ones, I ain't interested in the rest."
23986 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 15 Wade Collins My New A-Fork Saddle I have rode a lot of saddles and I really like nice gear. Them cheap ones get you throwed off and wears big sores on your rear.
23987 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 16 Wade Collins The Brand Inspector I made the Brand Inspector mad, he shaved my calves of all their hair.
23988 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 17 Wade Collins Gatherin Wild Steers Me and my dog were a gatheren steers with a 16 foot whip and a 40 foot rope. The rain was pouren down real hard and at finden tracks we's loosen hope.
23989 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 19 Wade Collins Women Now this is a touchy subject, One better left alone. Because women control all us men, A thought that chills us to the bone.
23990 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 20 Wade Collins Picken Out A Bride My dad he once told me about his pretty little dove. Said... Son if your gonna get married be sure that your in love.