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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
24291 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 48 Dick Nichols Sunday Dinner Now our Pappy had a hankerin To raise blue ribbon hogs He kept them out behind the barn In a pen he'd made from logs
24292 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 26 Perry L. Williams That ain't no bull Malcomb had a duty to go out and check the stash.
24293 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 50 Dick Nichols Preacher Perkins Reverend Perkins was a preacher That used to drift around the hills He'd call somewhere at mealtime And fill hi sjug from neighbor's stills
24294 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 52 Dick Nichols Grandpa's Still One year me an Oscar Spent the summer hoein corn We'd finish late in the evening And we'd start in early morn
24295 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 Perry L. Williams The cook-off They circled up the wagons and got ready for the test, see, the cowoby cooks was fixin' to find out who was best.
24296 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 54 Dick Nichols Cousin Matthew Matthew had a habit stealin They caught him time and time again When ever he got out of jail They would put him right back in
24297 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 56 Dick Nichols Matthew Comes Home You remember Cousin Matthew? The one the Judge ran out of town Well it was Christmas in the Ozarks When Old Matt came back around
24298 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 29 Perry L. Williams A silent partner A lonesome cowboy driftin' in the winter huntin' work.
24299 Poems Mostly Cowboy FC 11 N-16 58 Dick Nichols Death Valley Pete One day long ago, in the land of the snow The frost cut sharp in the air The snow swirled around, it covered the ground And the chill seeped in everywhere
24300 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 32 Perry L. Williams Usin' his head Bill Clinton he had Hillary Custer had back luck Tuffy Cooper had a horse that shore did like to buck
24301 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 Perry L. Williams Huntin' the trail Not an easy trail sometimes dim and frail it winds slowly toward distant dreams.
24302 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 36 Perry L. Williams Turn 'er back The Dickens County cowboys they're some mean and lows as how. That they'll stand up to man or beast or pig, or dog, or cow.
24303 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 37 Perry L. Williams Jim's boots Jim's boots lay in the bunkhouse frayed and worn, against the wall. Abandoned and forgotten like the roan, out in the stall.
24304 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 38 Perry L. Williams Bill's dream He was ridin' on his gray horse chasin' cows out through the sand. When he saw the clouds a partin' and he heard a heavenly band.
24305 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 40 Perry L. Williams Workin' bad country The roundup time she rolled around and the cowboys gathered in. To go and find the wild bunch and put em in a pen.
24306 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 43 Perry L. Williams The hunter I've hunted wiley whitetails in scrubby Texas trees. And ducks in marshy bottoms where they'z mud up to my knees.
24307 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 45 Perry L. Williams Comanche winds The cowboy thought of youthful days when he left his mama's home. He thought about his mama's tears and his cowboy urge to roam.
24308 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 46 Perry L. Williams My buddies My dog he's got a waggy tail and big long floppy ears the way they hand there by his head I wonder how he hears?
24309 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 47 Perry L. Williams Creekwood Ranch Christmas Christmas day broke clear and bright as sunshine pushed away the night but in the north the storm clouds rolled with hint of change and winter cold
24310 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 49 Perry L. Williams Rosey We heard all these buzzin's horse flies by the dozens bitin' ponies and riders as well.
24311 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 53 Perry L. Williams Fame He went through life and traveled far and reached to grasp some distant star that promised to bring wealth and fame a world that knew his face and name.
24312 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 55 Perry L. Williams Partners Back in 1867, on the Goodnight-Loving Trail. The Comance Indians did attack, with a death-defying wail
24313 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 57 Perry L. Williams Morning song The mocking birds they make a home where dogs and cats and children roam they sing a song that souds to good it brightens up our neighborhood
24314 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 58 Perry L. Williams Savin' the critters The envir'mentalists wuz a marchin' talkin' loud about th' need to rescue Texas minners that most folks ain't never see'd
24315 Tracks in the sand: original cowboy poetry FC 11 W-36 59 Perry L. Williams In time of need What do you do friend when things start to lapse?