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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
24366 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 2 T. Matheny Thanks Well friends, here we go again. Another cowboy go, of stories and poetry.
24367 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 3 T. Matheny First string Workin' for Jeff on the Circle J A the summer I turned fifteen, wanted to be a cowboy and live the buckaroo dream.
24368 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 5 T. Matheny Where'd they go I wonder where they all went old cowboys that I've known.
24369 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 7 T. Matheny Cowboy and city girl A coboy and a city girl ain't a real good mix, found myself married to one and I were in a fix.
24370 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 13 T. Matheny Jackie's bouquet I could give you roses perhaps carnations too, an orchid from the forest or morning glories blue.
24371 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 15 T. Matheny Cure for a cold Long late that night, come a cold windy rain. It were April on the deserts of New Mexico.
24372 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 18 T. Matheny Artistry Happened to ask a city minded fella why helives and what he sees in the big city. His reply wasn't long, all directed towards material things and money.
24373 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 20 T. Matheny Dancin' with Doris Sure do like two dance now and again. Was a time when I couldn't single foot, let alone do a two step or cowboy waltz.
24374 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 26 T. Matheny Goin' home Chinks scared and dusty, hands burnt and dirty black, face tanned and weathered, shadowed by his hat.
24375 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 27 T. Matheny Poetic ?? Opinion In a way, it's sad. We have allowed it to happen. Just like allowing special interest folks to legislate way, the legacy of our way of life.
24376 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 28 T. Matheny We called him apple The long shadows of early evening spread across the dirt, rocks and manure life storm clouds. The air was hot, and dusty.
24377 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 33 T. Matheny Teton sunrise I've seen a thousand mornings Montana to Mexico, witnessed the coming daybreak in summer and winter snow.
24378 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 37 T. Matheny Knowin' Knowin' comes from learnin' that I understand, learning taught me now to know just who the heck I am.
24379 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 38 T. Matheny Environut This dad-burned environut out Nevada way, went snoopin' around a cattle ranch, what belonged to Hammond Clay.
24380 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 41 T. Matheny Range war Range war! But it is a different kind, take a look around it's easy enough to find.
24381 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 44 T. Matheny Mustangs Seems there's some dude always wantin' to take pot shots at anything for any danged old confused reason.
24382 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 46 T. Matheny Catch rope Bronc in the breakin' pen who wants to ride, he's a rangy old outlaw he'll tear off yer hid.
24383 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 48 T. Matheny Coyote and the rabbitt The coyote and the rabbit from a horseback I did see, coyote chasin' a rabbit 'cross the rocks n' through the trees.
24384 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 51 T. Matheny It might be a biscuit Ridin' for wages ain't all some folks and wannabes like to think it is.
24385 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 58 T. Matheny Cut from canvas I was cut from canvas she from high fine lace, mine was country livin', her's a city place.
24386 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 59 T. Matheny Hey Cowboy I knew I were out of place wearin' Stetson, boots and jeans, in a mall in California where the air ain't never clean.
24387 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 61 T. Matheny Good-bye As I touched your pretty face is that a teardrop in your eye, for so long together we have been now it's time to say good-bye.
24388 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 63 T. Matheny A cowboy's farewell Lord we're sending' you a fella today by the name of Hackamore Dan. When he gets there give him his share 'cause Dan were a real top hand.
24389 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 65 T. Matheny Number Thirteen I see that number thirteen was teh collar that she wore, freedom was her destiny but dying
24390 Faded jeans n' wore out boots FC 11 M-61 65 T. Matheny Number Thirteen I see that number thirteen was the collar that she wore, freedom was her destiny but dyin' was in store.