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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
24041 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 81 Danny W. Dutton Due Respect About some old cowboys I'd care to speak 'Cause some say they're gone Their legends too weak
24042 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 83 Danny W. Dutton Jack Winter yearlings on the field Bad weather no cause for yield Dad on Jack riding through No matter the norther blew
24043 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 84 Danny W. Dutton Twice Missed I feel like this That my loop was too big Which caused me to miss
24044 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 86 Danny W. Dutton The Glitter Or The Gather Violet rays, ethereal, mix with orange and he rides a silhouette Dashing, donning broad-brimmed hat, he sits a good horse
24045 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 89 Danny W. Dutton Better Man Than Me This feller, I said to myself, has got his ducks all in a row He just looks like the kind of a feller who is in the know
24046 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 91 Danny W. Dutton Butch's Old Hat See the hat? Black felt and dirty, Sweat marks encircling the crown; Crease of the High Plains cowboy; rugged
24047 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 96 Danny W. Dutton Call Him Mr. Pete Limping over to the gatepost, Mr. Pete came from the heavy morning fog. Trailing close behind him was his friend; Simply named him, "Dog".
24048 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 98 Danny W. Dutton Wasted Youth A kid in the country The country in the kid A place for him to play
24049 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 100 Danny W. Dutton Country Cook How are you and your wonderful wife? Tell me some more about married life.
24050 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 102 Danny W. Dutton Ivory Moon In a far-off dusty plac where the wind always blows where the sand never quits movin' and nothin' ever grows
24051 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 105 Danny W. Dutton Mistaken Identity A lot of people will look at me and say that I look like someone they know. Usually, they tell me they're sorry and let me go.
24052 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 107 Danny W. Dutton Midnight Mass On The Mesa Throwing my rigging on the little bay, I tried to remember what the day was and could not.
24053 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 110 Danny W. Dutton Eclipse Leaves rustle telling of breezes coming, cooling in waves Sudden and subtle.
24054 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 115 Danny W. Dutton Dignity I guess I'm a kind of monarch Lord over all that I survey Splendid atop a dashing steed With a royal order to purvey
24055 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 116 Danny W. Dutton Native Tongue Sunset brought unburdened peace and the ranch took heed and the dust began to settle while I put out the horses' feed
24056 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 120 Danny W. Dutton Porchstep At Sunrise I have breathed so cool the morning air And a silent moment pondered there Wispy water and frozen dew Crispy branches the cold wind blows through
24057 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 121 Danny W. Dutton Equi-Dawn Out there On the rolling plains I saw them on a mesa They were playing
24058 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 125 Danny W. Dutton Bonita We cursed the drought and thirst Dust had blown and mesquite pods burst Persevering desert brown and summer death we persevered the worst
24059 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 127 Danny W. Dutton Whirlwind Yellow pine, oak, and hickory reach for the sky, limbs outstretched and intertwined. Creating an image of a crowd of people whose elbows are tangled in a panic.
24060 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 132 Danny W. Dutton Cold Front The ghastly hue The winter blue From the north the wind that frets Its presence known
24061 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 133 Danny W. Dutton Cathedrals In The Sky Show me the Plains in all their awesome glory where the horizon meets the sky, where the meeting is almost imperceptible
24062 Between The Fences FC 11 D-25 135 Danny W. Dutton The Dean Ranch Raid Off the South Plains of Texas there is a place along and below the Caprock called Indian Canyon.
24063 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 3 Gale Drewry I Love Montana Here's to Montana the state that I love With the wide open spaes and the stars up above
24064 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 4 Gale Drewry A Montanan's Prayer Montana's my home land. May God keep it free. For its' sons and it's daughters, That are yet to be.
24065 Cowboy Poetry FC 11 D-26 5 Gale Drewry The Jack Rabbit Hunt My Dad he came to Montana In nineteen hundred thirteen With a covered wagon driving cattle behind Yes my Daddy was a cowboy back then