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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
2427 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 131 Melvin L. Whipple Voices in the Night I've heard strange tales of haunted trails.
2428 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 134 Lucky Whipple Chookaloski Mare Got entered in the broncs.
2429 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 137 Lucky Whipple Buckin' Horse Ballet The Jigger Boss hollered horses.
2430 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 139 Gordon Eastman Buckskin Flats No hoof prints planned to mark this land.
2431 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 141 Duane Reece No Imposter She was coming three, her hide was slick.
2432 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 148 Harold Otto Cows and Logs For many years I herded cows.
2433 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 152 Vern Mortensen Range Cow in Winter Have you listened still on a desert hill.
2434 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 153 R.O. Munn Young Fellers A buddy and I left home.
2435 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 156 Drummond Hadley Gathering Cattle in the Deer tracks Pasture No wind, still the dry side-oat's stems are swaying.
2436 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 157 Dick Gibford The Old Cowman There's many types and sizes.
2437 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 159 Dick Gibford Cowboy's Toast Here's to the best of the good.
2438 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 162 Dick Gibford The Last Buckaroo By morning star and quarter moon.
2439 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 167 Bill Simpson The Glow Well, what's in a fire.
2440 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 168 Bill Simpson Like It or Not Me and the boys.
2441 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 172 Barney Nelson Cowboy's Favorite When a man spends his life on horseback.
2442 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 174 Jim Bollers Fill Up Those Glasses, Bartender You've got lots of beer, wine and whiskey.
2443 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 176 Owen Barton Early Morning Roundup Have you ever saddled your horse.
2444 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 181 Owen Barton My Ol' Stetson When you look upon this ol' Stetson hat.
2445 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 183 Don Bell Going to the Shawnee Rodeo I was fightin' this Model T through the Oklahoma clay.
2446 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 185 Wallace McRae Reincarnation What does reincarnation mean?
2447 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 187 Wallace McRae The Lease Hound A sharpie in a leisure suit.
2448 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 190 Vess Quinlan Spring A gentle agony.
2449 Bunkhouse Ballads FC 11 C-15 7 Marcus Crowley Dedication Here's to the city of Roundup. Musselshell, people, friends, folk
2450 Bunkhouse Ballads FC 11 C-15 47 Marcus Crowley Sittin' Waitin' In The Sun Life has passed you by, Old Timer. youth, age, recollections, memories, old-timer
2451 Bunkhouse Ballads FC 11 C-15 46 Marcus Crowley This Hydrotomic Age Since we have push button farming. family farmer, game, millionaires, income tax, corporation farmer, agriculture, farm