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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
24691 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 111 Roger Ringer Dad's Shop It sets in the middle of the yard... probably the third thing you'll see. The first being the old farm house, Second, the old barn by the tree
24692 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 114 Roger Ringer God Don't Like Mobile Homes Let me expand on a point That is common knowledge out on the plains. It is a familiar subject at the cafe But has failed to be debated or addressed.
24693 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 117 Roger Ringer Dance at the Grange The band was playin' a lively old tune With young and old at the dance. 'Twas the social event of the season, They weren't all there just by chance.
24694 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 118 Roger Ringer Still More Cowboy Truisms You never remember the things that go smoothly. The best memories and laughs come when things go plumb to hell.
24695 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 119 Roger Ringer Big Daddy's Last Harvest It was a typical Kansas summer day the sun...it was blazing hot! Not a cloud in the sky... Perfect for cutting wheat.
24696 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 121 Roger Ringer Still More Cowboy Definitions Dependable: The dog will always sit in the gate... when you don't want him there.
24697 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 123 Roger Ringer Full Bloom Cherry trees a bloomin' in the spring for all to see At our Nation's Capitol in Washington D.C.
24698 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 125 Roger Ringer Memories of Mom This little lady we call "Mom"...Some call Grandma, Sister, Aunt Mae, neighbor or friend...'tis true... This silver haired lady with eyes so blue.
24699 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 127 Roger Ringer Big Daddy Frank Kyle... What a man Lover of life... Keeper of the land Generous heart... Good neighbor Friend to young and old as well
24700 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 128 Roger Ringer Quilt of Love One day long ago, a pattern was found in a magazine called Hoard's Dairyman... it's probably no longer around. Sent for it, stamped the blocks, it was ready to go... Who in particular I did not know.
24701 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 129 Roger Ringer Bucky's Christmas Visit Once upon a time...not so long ago Our neighbor dog named Bucky Would come to play and visit... When, we'd never know.
24702 Cowboys, Plowboys, and Country Folk FC 11 R-39 131 Roger Ringer True Friends True Friends are wonderful indeed. We laugh, cry, pray..whatever the need. Daily we thank the Lord up above His help binds us together with love.
24703 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 1 Rod Nichols A Cowboy's Diary By a short, tallow candle, or a campfire-dim light, or a coal-oil filled lantern, he would take time to write.
24704 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 3 Rod Nichols Angels 'Round The Campfire It was fall and the roundup was over; in a short time the snowflakes would fly. We packed up our gear for a long ride to a warm place til spring would arrive.
24705 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 5 Rod Nichols An Irish Cowboy Song Tis an Irish cowboy melody 'round the campfire's fadin' light as a gentle air of fair colleen calms a bedded herd tonight.
24706 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 6 Rod Nichols An Itch It's a long, hard trail from San Antone to the rail in Abilene. The days and nights grow longer, still, when you're mired in old routine.
24707 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 8 Rod Nichols A Penny's Worth Somewhere, way up in Heaven boys, an angel sits with pen, and keeps a daily record of the words and dedds of men.
24708 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 10 Rod Nichols A Pinpoint Of Light A cowboy sat stirrin' a campfire, as sparks and smoke rose in the night, alone on a prairie for hundreds of miles, from heaven, a pinpoint of light.
24709 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 12 Rod Nichols A Rancher's Pride There's somethin' 'bout the land it's said that grows inside a man: a sense of being where he ought a rancher understands.
24710 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 14 Rod Nichols Autumn Cowboy When summer is over, and fall heads our way, and brown, red and gold paint the leaves, I guess that's the time that I'm feelin' my best, just an ol' autumn cowboy, that's me.
24711 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 15 Rod Nichols Badger Now, it jest seemed the thing to do, a-sittin' 'round a-jawin'; ol' Badger started in to gripe 'bout things at him a-gnawin'.
24712 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 17 Rod Nichols Bee He weren't what you'd call a top hand boys, jest steady and long-in-the-tooth but when that ol'boy started talkin' whatever he said wuz the truth.
24713 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 20 Rod Nichols Bible In the Wind He'd open up his Bible, so, let the wind just have its way, and when it stopped, he'd read awhile, then close the book, and pray.
24714 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 22 Rod Nichols Big Muddy Ride 'round the big muddy ride 'round the far shore, there's quicksand and eddies and danger in store.
24715 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 24 Rod Nichols Big Night At Pearl's Saloon The one-fifteen was right on time that August afternoon. Among the crates unloaded was a crate for Pearl's Saloon.