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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
24241 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 17 David Haskell The Sanchez Brothers The younger brother had come for his pay check. Saturday was usually payday at the Sanchez Ranch.
24242 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 19 David Haskell Cut Them All Down Let the bankers, the wood cutters come, And fight over the crumbs. Taxes are the only thing these trees can grow.
24243 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 21 David Haskell The Lakay Maximo was a simple man. He made his living working with the land. But he had lived a ful life. You could see it in his hands.
24244 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 25 David Haskell My First Voyage On The Golden Bear It was a foggy morning at the harbor, When I saw the "Help Wanted" sign. "Navigator Trainee Wanted," It was an offer I couldn't decline.
24245 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 27 David Haskell A "Friendly" Game Of Registration My co-workers have always taunted me. They said I didn't know how to play. "Seven Card Stud" registration poker, Until that game before Labor Day.
24246 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 29 David Haskell The Gadfly The gadfly buzzes around the animal's face, With an irritating sound, hoping to be heard.
24247 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 31 David Haskell Mary The Magician She can translate any hieroglyphic, Into something really terrific. And she can track down, The missing pronoun.
24248 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 32 David Haskell Arun The Magnificant Arun the Magnificent has performed for 36 years. His high wire walking can make your heart stop.
24249 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 33 David Haskell Jumping John Jumpin John was a bareback rider. He performed his horseback stunts with pride.
24250 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 34 David Haskell Bachelor Jon He is a man with morals and integrity, He has never drank a "lite" beer in his life!
24251 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 36 David Haskell Guillermo Guillermo was a cowboy, And of this there was no doubt.
24252 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 41 David Haskell Man's Best Friend Well, it was my first month on the job, So how could I have known?
24253 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 44 David Haskell Idle Hands Are The Devil's Workshop They said the farmer missed his morning coffee, Everyday at the cafe this week.
24254 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 47 David Haskell New Business Isn't Always Good Business Now the pesticide salesman, He has a "tough row to hoe."
24255 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 49 David Haskell Tangled Up In The West When grandpa cleared the sage a hundred years ago, He said, "It was harder to train cows back then."
24256 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 52 David Haskell Forty-Mile An Hour Alfalfa I still wonder what my old man was thinking. Why he bought this ground at the bottom of a crease.
24257 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 55 David Haskell 5UD2 Now my uncle-in-law was a generous man. He gave us a tractor when he passed away.
24258 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 58 David Haskell Old Man Leverage A deal is made, the check is signed. The new owner has paid a reasonable price.
24259 Tangled Up In The West FC 11 H-50 60 David Haskell You Can't Farm With An Aerostar I bought this piece of ground ten years ago, To build some city boy dreams.
24260 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 1 Dick Nichols A Job Well Done His spurs and hat hang on the wall His boots sit on the floor, They are waiting, always ready, But he won't need them any more.
24261 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 2 Dick Nichols To Mom They count success in terms of wealth With gleaming mounds of gold, Of fertile fields of golden grain Stretching on for miles untold.
24262 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 4 Dick Nichols This One Is For You I have written several poems Some are good and some are bad, I wrote one about my Mother And one about my Dad.
24263 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 6 Dick Nichols Mountain Homestead I walked along the shore Of a lovely mountain lake, Looking for the perfect setting For a picture I would take.
24264 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 8 Dick Nichols A Retired Cowboy I've got to get my work caught up Well at least I'll do my best, I'll likely get a start tomorrow But right now, I need some rest.
24265 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 10 Dick Nichols Words Of Wisdom I have traveled 'round this country North, South and East and West I've learned most of what there is to know And I've written down the best