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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
24416 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 134 Rhoda Sivell Our Last Ride We drifted out West together, In the light of the dying day; The town faded far behind us, Bath'd in its gas-light ray.
24417 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 135 Kay Shean For Fred For some, romance's path is in a look. And others long to savor soft caresses, Or search the pages of a Bradford book
24418 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 136 Debra Coppinger Hill Yellow Slicker She wore his yellow slicker Though it almost drug the ground, It seemed to make things easier, As if he was still around.
24419 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 138 Linda Hussa Return After you've gone I notice your overnight bag on the bench by the screen door-- shaving kit, freshly ironed shirt.
24420 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 139 Jody Strand Unfaithful The cowboy made a solemn vow to his lovely bride-to-be: he promised to be faithful through all eternity.
24421 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 141 Marie W. Smith Skipping Rocks I rode today across the stony beach, picked a rounded purple skipper, flat from constant waters long caressed.
24422 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 142 Jody Strand The Hired Man's Wife With the job, your housing's furnished, but your house is not your own, And every time you have to move, you grumble and you groan.
24423 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 144 Dee Strickland Johnson Tomboy I was raised with seven brothers near a place called Concho Lake. There was Jamie, Jeff and Joseph, Sam and Seth and Sid and Jake.
24424 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 146 Laurie Wagner Buyer Horseback, Through Snow Horseback, through snow, my great-hearted husband leads the way the day after Thanksgiving
24425 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 147 Evelyn Mellard You Ride Away I watached you ride Away this morning, Following you Beyond my sight With field glasses.
24426 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 148 Elizabeth Ebert Cowboy Courtin' Time When Romen went courtin' He climbed a balcony, And some men serenade you Upon their bended knee.
24427 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 150 Carol Oxley Little Duck When we take vacations from the ranch, We usually take to the hills; Packing and camping just for fun Is the way we look for our thrills.
24428 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 153 Rhoda Sivell They Keep A-Stealing On You In The Night When you think you have forgotten, And have lived the feelings down, And have shoved the best that's in you out of sight; You don't trouble in the daytime
24429 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 154 Jo Becksted The Cattleman's Prayer God, as You know, I am a cattleman With quite a spread of cows and land. And tho' I proudly say, "These cows are mine," And that "my fence is on that line," I realize these things I own, When all is said, are just a loan.
24430 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 156 Deanna Dickinson McCall Ridin' Have you ever had to bundle up and ride When it was way too cold to be outside? It was your pardner who kept you alive When you wanted to lay in the snow and die.
24431 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 157 Carmel Randle The Darkest Hour Another sultry summer's day has shuffled to the west As I slip into a squatter's chair to snatch a moment's rest.
24432 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 162 Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns Livin' Free Just me, a horse, my dog and the wind Ride to earn our daily fee. Hard life, perhaps, but we love it, 'cause We're really living free.
24433 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 164 Carole Jarvis The First Sure Signs Of Spring Out where the open prairie spreads wide and the wind makes sagebrush sing, The snow has pulled back to the hills. It's the first sure sign of spring.
24434 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 166 Barney Nelson An Old Monarch I'd unsaddled my ol' pony and turned him out to graze. He'd given me some trouble, hadn't rode him in several days.
24435 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 167 Peggy Godfrey Real Wealth My neighbors don't live close to me But we've each got our niche Government says this area's poor Our secret is: we're rich.
24436 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 169 Jo Casteel Sure Am Lucky Labor Day is over And the day was darn sure fun, We jawed some with our neighbors, And danced when day was done.
24437 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 170 Doris Daley 100 Years From Now 100 years from now, if the world's still in the game, May the earth recall our footprints, may the wind sing out our names.
24438 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 173 Jo Casteel The Silence I stopped atop a hill Just for a moment, Pake and me, And heard the muted silence Of the land that sets me free.
24439 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 174 Audrey Hankins Wrong Road Fed up with owners Wearing out a dream In the short span Of four or five years
24440 Cowgirl Poetry: One Hundred Years of Ridin' and Rhymin' Virginia Bennett FC 11 B-69 176 Sharlot Hall Man-Sized Job "Wimmin's bizness, it's to cook, Keep th' house a-goin', See th' pigs an' chickens fed, Do a little hoein'