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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
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.
24666 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 57 Roger Ringer Turtle Digging, Part One When the summer is gittin' along real good and the Kansas sun will bake you to a crisp, ambition wanes and boredom sets in real hard, it's time for turtle diggin' to start.
24667 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 58 Roger Ringer Turtle Digging, Part Two Pull another round this heat is gettin' intense, grass if failing, ground is blowin', milo's burning up. I says to Big Daddy, a perfect August Day, ambition to do nothing but drink and play cards today.
24668 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 60 Roger Ringer Cowboy Truisms If you must ride a bull...draw a rank one. You don't get much respect gittin' stomped by a wimpy bull.
24669 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 61 Roger Ringer Big Discovery The professor made his pronouncement that the old west had ended... Around the turn of the century the cowboy at this time was dead.
24670 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 63 Roger Ringer Golf Huntin' Me and the boys did somethin' last summer that we don't normally do. We got done with all our chores and headed into the city in the middle of the afternoon.
24671 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 65 Roger Ringer Deliverance Walking up to face the man a kid quickly going to the bad, speed with a gun and false sense of courage the only edge I had. About to face a legend to gain a bit of fleeting fame in a wild and bloody land.
24672 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 67 Roger Ringer Horse Sense Preamble: I have always suspected that these so-called dumb animals have a lot more on the ball than their human counterparts.
24673 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 71 Roger Ringer Mist on the Greenleaf The day was gray as I sat on the hill over looking the old Greenleaf Ranch. The hills and sways were misty and hazy...below lay a small feed patch.
24674 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 73 Roger Ringer More Cowboy Definitions Rude Awakening: Realizing the true number of the 10 you left the dance with...
24675 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 75 Roger Ringer Spring Calving The temperature's dropping, I feel it in my bones. The cold seems to chill clear thru my soul. It started snowing light this morning and continued past sundown and now is swirling all around.
24676 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 77 Roger Ringer The Legend Look there on the horizon a speck speeding across the plains Riding with the devil behind Speeding to carry the parcels with haste
24677 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 79 Roger Ringer Prairie Love Song Come take a walk with me through a sea of bluestem grass waving gently in a Kansas breeze. Let me tell you my dreams as I hold you close to me as the cottonwoods dance so free.
24678 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 81 Roger Ringer Passin' Along She stepped quietly into the room, latching the door carefully. Not wanting to raise him from the painless peace he now knew.
24679 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 83 Roger Ringer Redjaw Coyote Hunt My, my, my, says I, as I looked down the lines of his truck. I can't see a dent, a scratch, or a scrape, the work they done was truly first rate.
24680 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 86 Roger Ringer More Kansas One-Liners It gets dry in Kansas...how dry can it get? Fellah robbed the bank down at Norwich last week...left the money, just took the water bottle.
24681 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 87 Roger Ringer A Birthday Visit A fierce cold wind blew from the plain... Those with a sense were in by the fire's glow. A lone pickup was parked down by the churchyard, A solitary figure could be seen standing by a stone.
24682 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 89 Roger Ringer Rounding Up the Strays I knew an old cowboy, and I do mean old, When I was growing up he was old. His weatherbeaten face all brown and wrinkled Would light up when tickled
24683 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 93 Roger Ringer Big Red He called it "Big Red"...I was somewhat amused, Then I was a bit perplexed N' then, to tell you the truth...I was plain confused.
24684 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 95 Roger Ringer Still More Kansas One-Liners It gets dry in Kansas...how dry can it get? Saw a robin beat the hell out of a redtail hawk tryin gto hog Mama's birdbath...
24685 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 96 Roger Ringer Silent Night It was a silent night... Clear and cold like long ago. The moon and stars shining bright As old Charlie worked on his goal.
24686 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 98 Roger Ringer More Cowboy Truisms Ridin' a buckin' bronc spooked by a hillside full of rattlesnakes will make you a world class rider real fast.