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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
24116 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 32 Jim Hoobler Baling wire What would a farmer or cowboy ever do, without the use of baling wire?
24117 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 34 Jim Hoobler A cowboy's new day A cowboy's day has dawned as he reflects upon his chore, to care for this precious land, the crops and beasts he adores.
24118 Cow Foreplay (from a bull's point of view) FC 11 H-53 36 Jim Hoobler Just for county agents All county agents are tough ole critters. They have to be to stay alive.
24119 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 34 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Lobster Test "It's cruel for a lobster to be dropped into a pot and see it thrashing painfully in water boiling hot!"
24120 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 37 Yvonne Hollenbeck Dining Out When you live out in the country, it's really quite a treat when, maybe once or twice a year, you might go out to eat.
24121 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 38 Yvonne Hollenbeck Benny's Funeral A bone of contention from Fargo to Dallas pertains to the wisdom taht cowboys possess. No two agree what a cowboy should know, it depends on which region you hail from, I guess.
24122 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 40 Yvonne Hollenbeck Money Talks He was born right there in Texas though he was darned-sure "Scotch," each time he'd tighten up his belt he'd take another notch.
24123 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 41 Yvonne Hollenbeck Casting Stones Some women turn their noses up and would not dare to greet this lady of the evening when they meet her on the street.
24124 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 43 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Origin Of Mountain Oysters Mankind has had its mysteries and probably always will like how they walked four miles to school and both ways were uphill
24125 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 44 Yvonne Hollenbeck Cuttin' Katie She had come in from the country for supplies, and stopped to eat; when a city slicker spied her and he slid right in the seat. He said that he was lonely and he hoped she'd let him stay; he would gladly buy her dinner...it sure would make his day.
24126 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 45 Yvonne Hollenbeck Watch What You Pray For I believe in God above and know he answers prayers. I'll bet he knows it's dry down here and of course, our Savior cares.
24127 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 1 Jack Williams Cow camp poetry Cow camp poetry and how it was writ, so if you'll kindly listen while you sit
24128 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 3 Jack Williams Tracks Tracks,well, Mr. I've made quite a few, been places, done things others wouldn't do!
24129 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 5 Jack Williams Use to was I'm a old cowboy just a liv'in alone in a cow camp, me and my dog, call home.
24130 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 7 Jack Williams Sheep herder shoot out She was a blowen snow, and about ten below my eyes a water'en, nose run'en, and sheep on the go
24131 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 9 Jack Williams Elko Warhoop of 89 Now there was cowboys, cowgirls and some strange talken fellers there were ryhmers, first timers, and bars full of bellers,
24132 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 11 Jack Williams Cowboy and cities Me and old Pete dog, we're in Denver town, just shaded up on grass
24133 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 13 Jack Williams Jack Horse I had a old horse that I called Jack, plum ugly in the head and too long in the back.
24134 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 15 Jack Williams The conasewer Now you've heard of them conasewers of fine wines, music, and little bells that ring
24135 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 17 Jack Williams Four wheel drive I was pullin up the mountain on ole 66 loaded heavy and in a pretty bad fix
24136 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 19 Jack Williams Sure different today Old time cowboys are sure funny critters
24137 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 21 Jack Williams The outhouse I can remember well the old outhouse for it was always the home of a mouse
24138 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 23 Jack Williams Cow outfits adn cowboys of today I'm just a sittin, and a looken out the window at my sheep
24139 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 25 Jack Williams He ain't mine You say you lost your old blue dog that pure bred pot licker
24140 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 27 Jack Williams The mountain man Out of the mountains rode this big galute, a sure enough mountain man in his buckskin suit.