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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
24641 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 9 Roger Ringer Annie Laurie In an old saloon that last night feelin' a bit excited for what ahead of me lay...
24642 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 11 Roger Ringer Sheep's Clothing He looked and talked the part A seasoned buckaroo with lots of heart He throwed his riata with competent grace He cinched up good and tight
24643 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 12 Roger Ringer Ole' Merle Just the other day down to the cafe I was sittin' in on the Liar's Club many things of the past were discussed milkin', breaking sod, bucking broncs.
24644 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 13 Roger Ringer Kansans One-Liners It gets dry in Kansas...how dry can it get? The label on the Coors can are all ricks cause the springs all dried up...
24645 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 14 Roger Ringer Garden Plain Nicknames It's been said over in old Garden Plain that no one is ever satisfied with your given name.
24646 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 16 Roger Ringer Modern Cow Camp Without a doubt in this here modern age Ranch life was surely going to change with all the newfangled trinkets and toys
24647 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 19 Roger Ringer A Cheap Barn The rancher set down in the chair, looking a little nervous and upset. The banker looked worried and said, good to see you Jake, but what makes you fret.
24648 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 22 Roger Ringer Lonely Grave Heard a tale from long ago 'bout a long forgotten grave in a windswept corner of Vinita Cemetery. A grave where no one goes.
24649 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 24 Roger Ringer Just Passin' Thru Gettin' born in this world is like buckin' out for the first time on a bronc no one has ever seen...
24650 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 25 Roger Ringer Old Bill The auctioneer said "sold" in a gravely voice and the Little Greenleaf to a new owner was passed. The end of an era and start of a new. As all things in this world are bound to do.
24651 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 27 Roger Ringer Grandma Holley's Stove When I was no more than a pup on the farm I remember very well our neighbor folks Just down the road west... 'bout a half mile was a world of old machinery on which I loved to play.
24652 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 29 Roger Ringer Friendship Friendship...is a peculiar thing... It's just not something you plan. You can't just up and say... I'm gonna befriend this woman or that man.
24653 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 32 Roger Ringer Five Acre Landlord I've spent my whole life living in the country and loving every minute of it. But lately there seems to be a trend that I only half understand.
24654 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 34 Roger Ringer A Prairie Gathering The sky was blue and the sun did shine on our gathering today. Some were not aware, even of the time, grief can rob us that way.
24655 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 35 Roger Ringer History From time to time it happens to me... Someone will come up and say why? Why should it be so important to me... That the past be kept alive?
24656 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 37 Roger Ringer Kid Cowboy He told his folks while just a lad, "I'll not be here long." They smiled and hoped it was a fad, "A cowboy's lot is where I belong."
24657 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 39 Roger Ringer When a Cowboy Hits Forty When a cowboy hits forty things seem a bit strange. Seems that things that were, were and now everything seems changed.
24658 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 41 Roger Ringer The Day the Hero Died Once in a while I get to be lazy on a Saturday morning. I sit in the recliner and turn on the farm report. In between Orrin and the Today Show there was this cartoon...
24659 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 43 Roger Ringer Poppin' Brush Poppin' brush from dawn till dusk, Pushin' ole longhorns in for the gather... Dueling daily with horns that's sharp And the temperament of a fighter.
24660 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 45 Roger Ringer Ann Marie's County Fair Project He didn't look like much just laying there hide, hair, and bone that only a mother could love. Wouldn't appear much like a champion layin' in the grass kind of lazy.
24661 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 47 Roger Ringer Foreboding The sun did not come up this morning... It merely snuck into the town. The birds were all silent. The rooster made not a sound.
24662 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 49 Roger Ringer Arena Wreck One evening down to the arena we were honing our roping skills. I throwed a few loops and popped a few brews and caught an awful lot of air.
24663 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 51 Roger Ringer Cowboy Definitions Government employee: A person with a title and a condescending attitude determined to help you in spite of your ignorance (generally younger than you)...
24664 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 53 Roger Ringer Florida Feeders I was at Gregory's home place a few years ago We took delivery of three pot loads of Florida calves about 600 pounds Eared calves they were all part Brahmer
24665 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 55 Roger Ringer Stomped Damn you Saul, what have you done? Last I recall I was giving you grain and then a freefall. My ribs hurt and my leg is laying there.... Saul, you devil brute, you stomped me sure. I guess I got away rolling under here.