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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
24091 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 14 Yvonne Hollenbeck Queen Of The Cow Towns Out in Western South Dakota on the North edge of the hills lies a bit of paradies there on the plain. It's a pretty town named "Spearfish," born in 1876, and it seemed that every cowman praised her name.
24092 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 16 Yvonne Hollenbeck Geezers Father Time and Mother Nature are an unrelenting pair; they give you constant aches and pains and take your teeth and hair.
24093 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 17 Yvonne Hollenbeck Poor Old Geezer Dames I blame old Mother Nature for the shape my body's in; I must have ticker her off sometime and vengeance is her friend.
24094 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 18 Yvonne Hollenbeck Gool Old Days I wonder who the person is that one time termed the phrase, "that life begins at fifty, thus begins the good old days."
24095 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 19 Yvonne Hollenbeck While-Yer-At-It The first year I was "honey" until the baby came, the twenty years that followed he used "mama" for my name. Now he calls me "granny" and I do my level best to not let on it bothers me and something I detest.
24096 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 21 Yvonne Hollenbeck That Old Felt Hat There's a hat rack made of antlers that he'd found out on the range, it's on the back porch wall there by the door; and on it hangs an old felt hat, he hung it there one day, and then he never wore it anymore.
24097 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 23 Yvonne Hollenbeck Ranchwife In The Making Poor Jaydn doesn't know it, but he was born here to the land; perhaps that's why she's called on when they need another hand.
24098 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 24 Yvonne Hollenbeck Truth In Advertising She was lonely in the city with a life she'd learn to hate and thought that it would help if she could find herself a mate.
24099 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 27 Yvonne Hollenbeck That Old Home Comfort Range Did Grandma ever tell you about that old cast iron range that's out there in the trees behind the shed? It used to be her cook stove in her kitchen on the ranch; I'll bet it baked a million loaves of bread.
24100 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 29 Yvonne Hollenbeck A Buffalo Flats Lady Your contest now is past and done and we suppose that you had heaps of fun. But we think it was a dirty trick to put us in that limerick.
24101 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 30 Yvonne Hollenbeck How To Cut Taxes Dear President Bush, There are aliens here by the millions ...illegal, and they're all around; the Border Patrol is out searching but hardly a one's ever found.
24102 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 32 Yvonne Hollenbeck Why His Ears Are Swollen He criticized my cookin' didn't care for what I'd bake, and wished I'd fix him biscuits like his mama used to make.
24103 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 33 Yvonne Hollenbeck What I Really Need's A Wife I've got so danged much stuff to do, I work from sun to sun, got a great big yard to care for and the housework's needing done.
24104 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 6 Jim Hoobler Cow Foreplay (From a bull's point of view) I think I'll go see the ladies today, said the rank ole Hereford bull
24105 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 8 Jim Hoobler Cowboy Rap My name is Jimmy and I'm here to say I've come before ya to recite some poetry
24106 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 Jim Hoobler Dreamin' about special friends It gets mightly lonesome out here, on cold nights ridin' the range, checkin' those first calf heifers, and dreamin' of dancin' with dames.
24107 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 12 Jim Hoobler My beauty My darling Virginia you look so divine with your two buck teeth and that great big behind
24108 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 14 Jim Hoobler Lazy LeRoy The art of being lazy is not an easy task
24109 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 16 Jim Hoobler She was only a cowboy's daughtger She was only a cowboy's daughter, as sweet as she could be, why the first time I met her, she batted her eyes at me.
24110 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 18 Jim Hoobler Doc made a mistake I once had an old hereford cow as most poor cowbys do, so I showed her to my veterinarian and asked ole doc if he had a clue
24111 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 20 Jim Hoobler Grandpa's John Deere B The auctioneer chanted, as he sold the last of the hay, it was just another farm sale, that warm September day.
24112 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 22 Jim Hoobler The Thompson boys' last ride The Thompson boys were notorious cowboys, the three stooges of the old west, no matter what they tried in life, it came out second best.
24113 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 26 Jim Hoobler The helping hand Some friends helped a neighbor with his famring today, he got hurt awhile back and has a hospital stay.
24114 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 28 Jim Hoobler The ugly hunter Hey boy, where'd yo get those pheasants? Asked teh game warden from his truck.
24115 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 30 Jim Hoobler The ranch My wife's name is Nancy and she's no cowgirl at all.