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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
23991 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 21 Wade Collins Inlaws Even though your married to their daughter who was custom made for you. You somehow failed to realize that you married her family too.
23992 "Lost The Boss" FC 11 C-59 22 Wade Collins Friends Through my life I have managed, somehow to learn alot. But, one thing I've learned for sure, true friends are earned not bought.
23993 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 7 Alvin G. Davis Cowboy Poet Lariat Alvin G. Davis is simply an alias Tex West is my real name My home is on the Plains of Texas As a cowboy I've gained my fame.
23994 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 8 Alvin G. Davis Cowboy Poetry Just what is cowboy poetry Is often asked these days Since the revival of this art Has suddenly become a craze.
23995 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 10 Alvin G. Davis Cowboy Religion One day two cowboys were talking About Christ, the Apostles and such Finally they truthfully admitted About religion they didn't know much.
23996 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 11 Alvin G. Davis More Cowboy Religion The same two cowboys were talking At another time and place When their talk turned to religion And the "loser" wanted to save face.
23997 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 13 Alvin G. Davis Bull Shipper There's a character from Brighton, Colorado And of him you may have read or heard-- Cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and cattle feeder And his writing sometimes in quite absurd.
23998 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 15 Alvin G. Davis The Rest Of The Story Our regional weekly newspaper, The West Texas Post Gazette, Recently ran a sad story That really made me fret.
23999 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 16 Alvin G. Davis Milking Cows One of my least favorite chores While growing up on the farm Was having to milk the cows Cause they really had no charm.
24000 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 17 Alvin G. Davis Leather, Cowboys and Cows Since leaves went out of fashion Like Adam's and Eve's from fig trees, Which just became totally inadequate With the coming of the first freeze.
24001 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 19 Alvin G. Davis Famous Firearms There are many firearm collections In museums across the nation And to a visitor without exception With them there is a fascination
24002 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 20 Alvin G. Davis Changing Jobs Of all the things to make a living There's one I never wanted to be. On my list of desirable occupations, Preaching is last on a scale of A to Z.
24003 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 22 Alvin G. Davis Cowboy Steaks When he was just a youngun To the big city he did go From the level plains of Texas All the way to Chicago.
24004 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 23 Alvin G. Davis Beef Type Way back in Nineteen fifty When livestock I did judge For my Collegiative Livestock Team British breeds you could not budge
24005 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 25 Alvin G. Davis A Part Of History Today while I was restin' From work I hadn't done While waitin' for the roundup I thought of verses yet unsung.
24006 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 26 Alvin G. Davis The Diagnoses A rancher named Jones from our Town Took sick one day and went to bed. He called his long time family doctor And this is what the doctor said:
24007 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 27 Alvin G. Davis R.F.D. Three Sweepstakes Now in this home of the brave Which is also the land of the free For many things we can be thankful Not the least of which is R.F.D.
24008 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 28 Alvin G. Davis Sagebrush Heroes I was born in nineteen twenty-seven And when I was just a kid, The great depression came along And greatly limited the things we did.
24009 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 31 Alvin G. Davis Reincarnation II Tex Smith was a much renowned horseman And a might handsome man was he He had developed a nationwide reputation Of all horse trainers he was the envy.
24010 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 33 Alvin G. Davis Horse Breeding If you have ever been a horse breeder Regardless of the name of the breed You probably had a most wanted color For each and every little steed
24011 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 35 Alvin G. Davis Tex West, DC Ph We have told you who Tex is And from Where he hails As well as what he does In one of our poetic tales.
24012 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 36 Alvin G. Davis Cowboy Accidents As part of the crew On the old Bar J Slim Jones was a hand Who, we might say,
24013 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 39 Alvin G. Davis The Blue Jeans Business When I went into the business Of selling cowboy and cowgirl clothes, Jeans came in three brands and one color Levis, Lees, Wranglers, and I suppose
24014 A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West FC 11 D-24 40 Alvin G. Davis Southwestern Heritage The heritage of this great free country Is one of which we're all might proud; We can hardly contain our elation We're prone to express our feelings out loud.
24015 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 3 Danny W. Dutton S.O.B. (Southern Order Buyers) Specializing in sick, floppy-eared sale barn snides that accidentally bring full market value.