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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
24541 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 85 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty's Boss Buys a Mule Team Well things got soter settled down and the boss and all the folks that has took up claims has gone in pardners and is goin' to make a real feed and past'er place out of the deal.
24542 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 89 Bill Siems, ed. Thinkin' It's an easy job herdin' "Parada." Yore old hoss is standin' close bye. You are watchin' the drift of the shadders that's made by the clowds in the sky.
24543 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 91 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Goes Home for Armistice Day Not long after the boss bought the mules, I gets a chance to go up North and I goes. Then along comes that Boer war and we was all tryin' to break and sell all the willer tail hosses
24544 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 94 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Finishes His Visit We knocked arount that day and I did get track of a few old-timers. But every time I asked about somebody, Bill or Eph would say, "Let me see!
24545 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 97 Bill Siems, ed. All Dressed Up Things is pickin' up as most folks knows, So I sent to town fer to git new clo'es. Some onderwear and a big hat box, A couple of shirts and a passel of socks.
24546 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 99 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Meets Some Missourians Jest when the Boer war was on Folks got to shippin' hosses a plenty. I had left the old man's place and I went to work fer a feller that had a bunch of broom tails
24547 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 100 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Meets a Fool for Luck Oncet I got down into Arizona fer a spell and was lookin' about fer a job, when a feller comes a ridin' into town
24548 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 102 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Hears Ike Analyse Words There was four fellers a workin' at the place besides me and Ike. We had gathered the beed and shipped it.
24549 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 104 Bill Siems, ed. The Boss Buys a Mare The boss has a great big mare that he works around the ranch but he ain't got nothin' to mate up with that big animal and a make a real team
24550 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 106 Bill Siems, ed. He Was After a Road Runner The road runner discussion in Mr. King's column made me think of a little affair that happened long ago. A road runner played a part.
24551 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 108 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty and Ike Meet the Boss's Nephews One day the boss gits a telegram and he looks awful worried. We try and figger it out but no chance. Things git to lookin' funny.
24552 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 111 Bill Siems, ed. The Other Feller's Beef When some fellers start out lookin' fer meat, They get mighty careless at that. They ain't so partick'lar whose cattle they eat, So long as the critter is fat.
24553 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 113 Bill Siems, ed. Shorty Corrects a Mistake One night the boss calls Ike into the house, and when he comes out he looks like he's got sumpthin' heavy on his mind.
24554 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 115 Bill Siems, ed. The Fortune Teller Sends Ike Fishing A couple of weeks after Ike had got through with his rustlin' scrape him and me went to town. The Boss tells us the very last thing, not to git drunk, and not to git separated.
24555 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 118 Bill Siems, ed. Ike Has Trouble With His Hat Spud and his crooked outfit was gone and the company had put a foreman in charge of the outfit over on the south temporary till they got things arranged fer permanent.
24556 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 120 Bill Siems, ed. Ike Meets a Romance A few days after Ike had been to the Sand Creek dance he saddles up one mornin' and he had a wicked grin on his face. I wasn't long learnin' why.
24557 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 122 Bill Siems, ed. Cap'n Beasley Goes in for Cattle One Sunday we was foolin' about the place when a wagon drives up. Old Man Dix was ridin' alongside. Out climbs a feller that is six feet high and about as wide
24558 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 125 Bill Siems, ed. Stockings and Watches As I said, Ike took to the hill country. We all knowed the reason. Johnny Burke's widder.
24559 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 129 Bill Siems, ed. The Wrangler Oh yes he's the wrangler, a big lanky kid, That started to work 'bout the same as you did.
24560 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 131 Bill Siems, ed. Ricky Comes and Goes One day I rides in to the ranch and I sees a kid's saddle throwed under the shed cow puncher fashion with blankets over it.
24561 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 134 Bill Siems, ed. Cap Takes to Mules Old Cap liked to git about and see what was goin' on but he was soter handicapped on account he had to drive and there was a heap of places where he couldn't git with a spring wagon or a buckboard.
24562 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 136 Bill Siems, ed. Squint Comes and Goes When I gets back to the home ranch after my work at Cap's place, I finds a mighty pecculiar jasper there. The cook said that Ike had fetched him out fromo town same as he had me.
24563 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 140 Bill Siems, ed. Cap and Morton Each Tell One It don't seem long since that night at Cap's place, but I reckon it has been. We was talkin' how modern things was gittin'.
24564 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 142 Bill Siems, ed. Stickin' to One Idee One night over at the home ranch several of us was settin' on the front porch. We got to talkin' about folks changin' from one plan to another and losin' a lot of time and work.
24565 Shorty's Yarns: Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon FC 11 K-28 144 Bill Siems, ed. Hell Among the Yearlin's Between the home ranch and the south ranch laid a big strip of country we called Middle Valley.