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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
24166 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 58 Yvonne Hollenbeck I Dunno There's a naughty little poltergeist that lives here in my house but the only one that knows him seems to be my loving spouse.
24167 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 11 Jake Holster Bull riding They ran the bulls into the chute I watched as I set a spur to my boot.
24168 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 60 Yvonne Hollenbeck Old Folks Rodeo There's a great association where old cowboys go and play; it's like a big reunion for the hands of yesterday.
24169 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 62 Yvonne Hollenbeck A Horse Nobody'd Want I bought "Punch" from a trader who didn't know his age; and said he'd lost the papers but "he's ten" by what he'd gauge.
24170 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 65 Yvonne Hollenbeck Putting Down Old Red It's been said that every cowboy, if he's lucky in his life, has one good dog, one good horse, and of course, has one good wife.
24171 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 68 Yvonne Hollenbeck What A Ride! I'm sitting here just thinking and wishing I could go back to the days when I was young and worked the rodeo.
24172 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 69 Yvonne Hollenbeck Don't Ever Judge You should never judge a cowboy by the color of his hat; all good ones don't wear white ones while just bad ones wear the black.
24173 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 70 Yvonne Hollenbeck The PETA Reporter He lay there in a coma with stuff dripping in his vein when she broke into his room like she was half-insane.
24174 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 71 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Old Cowboy I was looking around in a big shopping mall, when sitting alone on a bench in the hall was a weathered old man in a cowboy hat; he looked kinda strange in a big place like that
24175 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 74 Yvonne Hollenbeck Nature's Church Did you ever see the mountains that are covered up with snow, or watch a setting sun and see its purple afterglow?
24176 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 14 Jake Holster A combat soldier's thoughts Lay still and be quiet my buddy, I know it's cold, rainy and muddy
24177 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 16 Jake Holster Breaking horses I was sittin' on my horse, backed under a tree, my boots and hat were beat up as could be.
24178 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 76 Yvonne Hollenbeck Virgina, I Believe... Yes, Virginia, I believe there is a Santa Claus; but I don't think he is a man, the reason is because
24179 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 18 Jake Holster My mules I have rode a lot of mean horses and trained them. Mules, I had little to do with any of them
24180 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 78 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Best Gift I've Had In Years When your married to a rancher and your income's all from cattle, you have to cut expenses, 'cause saving's half the battle.
24181 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 80 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Annual Christmas Program (at a one-room country school) Some like a Broadway musical, or an evening at the pops, while others go to Nashville and to them it is the tops.
24182 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 82 Yvonne Hollenbeck Christmas Shopping With A Man My mother tried to warn me from experiences she'd had; 'cuz she once when Christmas shopping and she took along my dad.
24183 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 85 Yvonne Hollenbeck The Perfect Gift Not everyone's Christmas is merry, not everyone's heart's filled with cheer; perhaps it's because they are missing a loved one not with them this year.
24184 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 87 Yvonne Hollenbeck All American Christmas An all-American Christmas is hard to have today with all the foreign imports that are packed in Santa's sleigh. The toys all come from China, most clothes are from there too; it makes me wonder if his elves have anything to do.
24185 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 88 Yvonne Hollenbeck Dear Santa Are you the same dear Santa Claus that used to visit me and always left a present underneath our Christmas Tree?
24186 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 20 Jake Holster Cowboys I can't write words on paper as I'd like them to be, But I've written large on pages of life open to me.
24187 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 89 Yvonne Hollenbeck Christmas Gifts The kids nowadays at Christmas usually rake in quite a haul; it seems however long the list, that Santa brings it all.
24188 Cowboy poetry and a passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 21 Jake Holster Changing Times This old house has stood many storms with golden grains growing on the farms.
24189 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 24 Jake Holster My little horse Some horses you rode just stay on your mind, I had one little horse that was one of a kind.
24190 From My Window and Other Poems FC 11 H-48 90 Yvonne Hollenbeck A Senior New Year's Eve It was evening at the ranch house, the sun had just gone down; he was thinking of the way things used to be.