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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
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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
24141 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 29 Jack Williams Retired not tired Dear Lord give me this day, for I got a lot of things to do no bronc's to ride, no wild cattle to tie up
24142 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 31 Jack Williams Little runnen bear To Zeb and Windy, a little brave was born in Cheyene camp on the Little Big Horn
24143 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 33 Jack Williams Tipi creepen I was mothered up with this crow gal one night when in walks this big buck, and he's on the fight
24144 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 37 Jack Williams Hard times Five cent beef, and there ain't no rain, the woman's pregnant, and full of pain
24145 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 35 Jack Williams The vanishing breed This is a story of the kind of man God dont' make no more
24146 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 39 Jack Williams Summer camp Nov 1 Everythings gone to winter range but me and I'm blue cold in snow up to my knee
24147 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 41 Jack Williams How sheep herders are made I met this old feller in a Denver town saloon sit'in alone, sippin a beer, listen' in to a sad cowboy tune
24148 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 43 Jack Williams Cow camp plumber The cowboy he's plum handy worken a horse or builden a branden fire
24149 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 45 Jack Williams Rip the cowdog One day the devels cows got out of hand the Lord called for Rip instead of a man
24150 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 47 Jack Williams Borned and bred-city Well folks I've spent forty years looken at a cow gained me some knowledge, and a little know how
24151 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 51 Jack Williams The wreck I was up on Casper Mountain a layen in camp it was late fall, snowen, and mighty damp
24152 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 53 Jack Williams Cow camp Christmas She's cloudy in the west, and a look'in like snow
24153 Cow Camp Poetry: How it was writ, a lot of truth, and a little B.S. FC 11 W-35 55 Jack Williams Cowboy send off Its stormen in the west, and lighting lit up the sky
24154 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings Jake Holster FC 11 H-49 2 Marion Holster To my daughter Yesterday you were just a baby it seems, but the fact is today you are fifteen.
24155 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 46 Yvonne Hollenbeck Feed Salesmem Don't Lie We were sure struggling a-raisin' them cattle, it seemed that a profit was not to be found; Our debt was a-growing and we were sure worried until a feed salesman stoped by on his round.
24156 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 48 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Waitress We were broke when he said "Honey, we sure could use some money, do you think that you could get a job in town?" Well I was sick of cookin' but I thought I'd best go lookin' and it wasn't long until I nailed one down.
24157 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 49 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Truth About: The Bra I was working in the dress shop when a dude ccame in that day and we were quite amused at him, that's one thing I will say. It was about the strangest thing I think we'd ever saw when he told us he had come in there to buy his wife a bra.
24158 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 51 Yvonne Hollenbeck My Driver There's not much he can do now since he had that mini-stroke; and the medicine they've got him on has darned near got us broke.
24159 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 52 Yvonne Hollenbeck A Farmer's Worst Nightmare A terrible dilemma was a-facing Farmer Brown, he was getting daily rains that was soaking up the ground.
24160 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 53 Yvonne Hollenbeck Reality Check It's just a normal thing I guess, when living in the West, to complain about the life out here when things are not the best.
24161 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 55 Yvonne Hollenbeck A Good Name There's a place over East in a valley where the buildings are weathered and old; it once was somebody's homestead full of dreams of a future, I'm told.
24162 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 56 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Veterinarian's Goat Our vet, he had a little goat that was always in the way; he'd put it in its special pen but it would never stay.
24163 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings Jake Holster FC 11 H-49 4 Orville Howard Jake Holster He was a north Texas cowboy reared between sun and sod, Who played out the golden rule while making a ride for God.
24164 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 57 Yvonne Hollenbeck Duct Tape There's a simple little product that is known, without a doubt as the number one invention of all time. It's in every glove compartment, in every saddle bag, and is even used by cops for fighting crime.
24165 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings Jake Holster FC 11 H-49 6 Orville Howard Introduction: A profile of Jake Holster