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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
24516 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 32 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Has Luck Me and Bill is makin' a little trip to town between works. I have wrote the millinery lady three letters and she has wrote me one which sez to come and see her when I am in town.
24517 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 34 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Goes to Turkey Creek Dance One night little Sammy Jackson rides into camp and gives it out that there is goin' to be a dance at his dad's ranch over on Turkey Creek
24518 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 36 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Takes the Mules to Pre[a]chin' The wagon boss didn't make sech a hit with Rildy Briggs as a feller might think, because when we gits back frum the work
24519 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 37 Bill Siems, ed. The Preacher Loses His Team It was give out that thee would be preachin' at the school house a Sunday and Bill didn't aim to be bluffed out so he sez to me that he is goin' over if I'll go along
24520 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 39 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Leaves for the High Country When we gits settled down from laffin' about Rildy and the kid brother and the preacher things soter slid along fer a few days
24521 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 40 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Is Bill's Secretary About a month after Bill has vamoosed fer the high country a letter comes to the ranch fer him. I open it and reads it.
24522 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 43 Bill Siems, ed. Going To Summer Camp The winter time is over, and the warm wind melts the snow. He is headin' fer the summer camp where wagons couldn't go.
24523 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 45 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Turns Pugilist After Bill had been back fer about a month, I and him goes to town. We puts our hossess up at the Star Livery and then goes to the Elite Restaurant to eat.
24524 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 47 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Does a Fan Dance After Bill got the worst of the school marm joke things went along purty smooth fer a spell. Then, spring and the boss's niece came to the ranch long about the same time.
24525 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 49 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Buys Some Medicine A couple of days after Bill has took out fer town, the Boss tells me I had better ride in and git me some new boots
24526 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 51 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Visits a Married Friend We hadn't been on the work many days till here comes Bill ridin' into camp one evenin'.
24527 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 54 Bill Siems, ed. The Rock Creek Dance There was a feller on the work reppin' fer some nester outfits and we called him Uncle Jasper.
24528 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 57 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Adjusts Matrimonial Affairs Shortly after we had been up to see Bill and the Medicine man when they were quarrentined, Old Lady Briggs drives in and tells us that Johnny Martin and Joe Baines has had a awful fight
24529 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 59 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Has Trouble Bill finished his job breakin' hosses and the next thing I hear he is tendin' bar fer old man Kennedy.
24530 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 61 Bill Siems, ed. Bill Says Goodbye [T]he boss comes back from town and sez that I have to go up and tell what I know about Bill's ruckus.
24531 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 65 Bill Siems, ed. Ridin' School I've heard 'em say, in ridin' schools, They've got a reg-lar book of rules. The man that wrote the book explains The way to set and hold your reins.
24532 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 67 Bill Siems, ed. Introducing the Professor Things changes a heap around the old ranch, Bill bein' gone, and then the boss and his wife gits them a house up in town
24533 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 69 Bill Siems, ed. Rildy Brings the Portfolio Well sir, the second day after the perfessor comes up drives Rildy Briggs in a buck-board. She has the portfoly satchel with her all right.
24534 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 71 Bill Siems, ed. The Second Perfessor Arrives A couple days later Rildy Briggs' kid brother brings back the case fer the perfessor's glasses and leaves it on the bunk for him, and after he has a good big bait he leaks out fer home ag'in.
24535 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 73 Bill Siems, ed. Zeb Loses a Trick When Eph gits back frum town he tells us that the fust perfessor is busted up so he will be shut in from not till a lot later.
24536 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 75 Bill Siems, ed. Rildy and Zeb Have a Date Well, seem like after the fust perfessor fell off that hoss he lost his likin' fer these parts and the Boss tells me to haul his outfit up to town
24537 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 77 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Rescues the Second Perfessor After Zeb gits spilled offen his hoss he is pokin' around fer a few days on account he is so sore and stove up he can't hardly travel.
24538 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 79 Bill Siems, ed. The Perfessor Buys a Horse...and a Dog In a week or two Zeb and the perfessor has got over their ruckus and is both pirootin' and lookin' fer more trouble of some kind
24539 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 81 Bill Siems, ed. Eph and the Perfessor Says Good Bye When I gits back from from the next work I sees Rildy Briggs' saddle layin' in the corral and I knows that trouble is right close bye.
24540 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 83 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Turns Diplomat Well me and the cook goes out to look at them claims and then he gits a hoss and pokes around fer a day or two more. When I goes in to file, so does he.