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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
24216 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings Jake Holster FC 11 H-49 39 Marion K. Holster The spirit of Christmas The spirit of Christmas still lives n this old house, though gone its builder and gone his precious spouse
24217 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings FC 11 H-49 40 Jake Holster In memory of Tom Blasingame This empty saddle shows respect to a cowboy who has left this land.
24218 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings Jake Holster FC 11 H-49 42 Marion K. Holster It wasn't my turn The weekend was such a lonely one. I was so thankful that Sunday had finally come.
24219 Cowboy poetry and passel of western paintings Jake Holster FC 11 H-49 44 Orville Howard Jake He was never in a movie or felt the bright lights of the stage nor never saw stardom or attained great heights as a sage.
24220 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 1 Perry L. Williams The cowboy poet The thoughts they come from deep inside a tough old cowboy's heart he'd like to tell you how he feels but he don't know how to start
24221 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 3 Perry L. Williams A matched pair The cowboy came a ridin' up to the pearly gates. Where he ran into Saint Peter who said, "You'll have to wait."
24222 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 5 Perry L. Williams Texas Red Texas Red, he's quite a rooster who lives down at the barn.
24223 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 8 Perry L. Williams What's life Life is a song and a short one at that. Don't last much longer than the tip of your hat.
24224 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 9 Perry L. Williams It ain't necessarily so A man from Czechoslovakia he came to Dallas town. And asked a broke young cowboy to show him all around.
24225 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 12 Perry L. Williams Sure Title It was the quest, that drove men west, their hunger to own land. If it could be found, that piece of ground, where he alone could stand.
24226 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 13 Perry L. Williams Toppin' out I've topped another mountain looked down on the valley below.
24227 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 14 Perry L. Williams A shocking development There is no doubt Bessie was put out cause she didn't have no feed.
24228 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 15 Perry L. Williams No contest We write poems about the cowboys 'bout their bravery and their sinnin'. But you seldom hear a poem about the problem of their women!
24229 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 17 Perry L. Williams Grandpa's hat My grandpa had a favorite gun a watch, and things like that. But I think the thing he valued most was a darned old worn out hat.
24230 6 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 20 Perry L. Williams The intruder From the celler came an odor I recognized from where I'ze at. Shore' 'nuff down where my food was stored I smelt an ol' pack rat.
24231 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 22 Perry L. Williams The common thread A common thread it reaches back from when the West was new. And touches all the cowfolks in the world they passes through.
24232 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 23 Perry L. Williams Memoies She walked out through the garden gate and down a peaceful lane she said I hate to leave you but I can't come back again
24233 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 24 Perry L. Williams The legend The motely county buzzards they all keep a sharp eye peeled, for this two-toned lookin' pickup with a wild man at the wheel.
24234 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 5 David Haskell Piggy Smith The tractor cabs piled along his driveway, Mark the entrance with boneyard charm. Inside, a group of faded red buildings, The last remnants of the family pig farm.
24235 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 8 David Haskell The Weeds Are Streetwise Born in the Valley's sugar beet slums, Enduring the Eptam water-runs. Dodging hand-hoes and bed knives. The weeds grow up streetwise.
24236 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 9 David Haskell The Weed Expo Mother Nature went shopping at the Weed Expo. She had some niches she was trying to fill. And with all these genetically modified crops. Starting new infestations was a real test of skill.
24237 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 11 David Haskell Watsonville At Boss Farms, the amigos give Ruben a beer. To tell them the story, they always love to hear. How he caught a "Chevy" with the big John Deere.
24238 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 12 David Haskell Bearings, Belts and Chains "Bearings, belts, and cahins, there's really nothing to it. And without power from a "PTO," she'll just sit."
24239 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 13 David Haskell Throw Your Shears Away The farmer hired me to prune his orchard, His back couldn't stretch from the ladders anymore.
24240 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 15 David Haskell Amerco's Shovel I meet Amerco at the San Jose airport. We were smoking squirrels on public land. All day we worked next to the bean fields. A young buck and this old ranch hand.