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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2402 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 77 Georgie Sicking Old Tuff Old Tuff was a catch dog.
2403 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 79 Jon Bowerman For Jeff You followed rodeo from Calgary to El Paso.
2404 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 81 Jon Bowerman Tribute to Freckles and Tornado There's a lot of tales in history about the American West.
2405 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 84 Howard Norskog Grey's River Roundup There's wonderful things in this world to do.
2406 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 85 Waddie Mitchell The Book Not so awful long ago.
2407 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 90 Waddie Mitchell The Throw-Back `Twas the end of the nineteenth century.
2408 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 93 Ernie Fanning One Red Rose I went into town one night.
2409 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 95 Ernie Fanning The Vanishing Valley Out on a Nevada mountain.
2410 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 97 Jesse Smith Saturday Night in Woody It was late afternoon in the Woody Saloon.
2411 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 98 Buck Wilkerson Saddle Tramp Trail dust settled behind him.
2412 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 100 Bob Schild The Kid Solos Me, the kid, and some other boys was playin' a hand of cards.
2413 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 101 Bob Schild Two of a Kind The town was a-flutter on rodeo week.
2414 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 104 Jim Hofer Matching Green Ribbon She drove a green and black Mack.
2415 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 106 Baxter Black A Time to Stay, A Time to Go Ya know, I got this ranch from my daddy.
2416 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 109 Baxter Black The Big High and Lonesome The big high and lonesome's a place in my mind.
2417 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 110 Charles A. Kortes Poets Gathering, 1985 When the cowboy poets gathered it was nineteen eight-five. cowboy poetry gathering
2418 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 112 Nick Johnson Greasin' the Miles When night comes slippin' up the valley.
2419 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 114 Nick Johnson Dudes We were camped just under Hawk's Rest. dude
2420 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 116 Linda Ash Bellerin' and Bawlin' Bellerin' and bawlin', yellin' and hollerin'.
2421 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 117 Bill Lowman The Great Wanagan Creek Flood It was June fifteenth in nineteen eight-four.
2422 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 118 Ross Knox So Long Well I was travelin' through the country.
2423 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 121 Ross Knox Easy Chairs and Saddle Sores City folks sit back in their reclining chairs. city folk
2424 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 123 Ross Knox The Dying Times Any man makin' a living by punchin' cows.
2425 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 126 Don Ian Smith Old Horse Old faithful horse, I find you by the creek.
2426 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 128 Melvin L. Whipple Open Range I was born in Utah, many long years have come and gone.