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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
24749 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 95 Rod Nichols Prairie Law There is a law on the prairie a Code of The West if you will, it may not be written on tablets but nevertheless it is real.
24750 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 97 Rod Nichols Rabbit "Well I should've known," ol'Rabbit went on, "that gal wanted all she could see. She wanted the best and nuthin' else less and the last thing she wanted wuz me."
24751 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 99 Rod Nichols Rain The camp is wet; my slicker's wet. All hope of fire is soomed. The ground is soaked; debris' afloat and I'm mired down in gloom.
24752 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 100 Rod Nichols Ridin' Out Bacon in the mornin' boys, biscuits fresh and hot, coffee brewin' on the fire glad for what I got.
24753 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 101 Rod Nichols Riverboat He'd driven some cattle to ol' Louisian' first crossin' the sleepy Sabine, then loadied some steers on a great riverboat that left New Orleans under steam.
24754 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 103 Rod Nichols Rough Night It was there, and he could feel it slowly movin' 'cross his legs. The blanket that concealed the thing showed an undulatin' wave.
24755 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 106 Rod Nichols Roundup The long days of summer were over, the winds of the fall had arrived when eight of us saddled our ponies and rode out for roundup and drive
24756 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 110 Rod Nichols Saddlebag Man Strange, how you know a man most of your life tell stories of what you recall. Then with his passin' to finally find you never did know him at all.
24757 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 112 Rod Nichols Sagebrush Sense Ol' Ben had been around a bit, and knew a heap of things. We boys were sorta "Green" I guess, so he took us 'neath his wings.
24758 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 115 Rod Nichols Signs Along The Trail There are signs that tell a story as you ride along a trail. From the things some leave behind them you can read their sep'rate tales.
24759 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 117 Rod Nichols Smokey He'd a bag of ol' Bull Durham when he wished to roll a smoke, a an of Garrett snuff, ol' son, and a Beechnut plug to tote.
24760 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 119 Rod Nichols Texas Cowboy He's tall in the saddle though low 'neath the sun. He's a hard-workin' rider whose day ain't half-done.
24761 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 121 Rod Nichols Texas Trail Herd When they woke up that mornin' the grass was in dew, so they rested the cattle before they would move. Then they started the herd up and rounded the strays and headed for Kansas and another, long day.
24762 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 123 Rod Nichols Thanksgivin' Day I reckon a cowboy's like ever'one else whenever Thanksgivin' rolls 'round. He's grateful, you see for blessin's received in a life that he's glad he has found.
24763 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 126 Rod Nichols The Book That Coosie Left Ol' Coosie had a catalog, a Bible and a book, among a pile of possibles when all had had a look.
24764 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 129 Rod Nichols The Immortal Cowboy The sun was dyin' in the west, a day about to end, yet, though he'd seen it many times it was the first time, then.
24765 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 131 Rod Nichols The Talent Lord knows why the boss ever hired him, he wuzn't what you'd call a hand, he stayed in our way or in trouble, not much of a cowboy that man.
24766 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 133 Rod Nichols Trail Cook's Complaint There's plenty of comments a cook likes to hear, and some that a cook learns to hate. But the one that's the worst, and drives me to curse, "Hey Cookie! What's this on my plate?"
24767 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 134 Rod Nichols Tipperary (Belle Fourche, S.D., 1920) Twas a sunny day out Belle Fourche way for the Roundup Rodeo. From across the State came small and great for that South Dakota show.
24768 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 137 Rod Nichols Tribute He wuz orn'ry, cantank'rous and jest downright mean. He wuz wild in his nature, all muscle and lean.
24769 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 138 Rod Nichols Truth There's times that I guess the truth is the best leastwise in the main scheme of things, you jest can't get by with any more lies it's then that you opt to come clean.
24770 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 141 Rod Nichols Up Close It takes a good man to be cowboy: he works a long day for short pay, but there ain't no quit in his bein'. he's glad to be livin' that way.
24771 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 142 Rod Nichols Wet Behind The Ears Ol' Jake was always on my case though I'd been there a year. Each time I'd fail, I'd hear him yell, "Still wet behind the ears!"
24772 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 144 Rod Nichols What If's Sometimes when life has got me down somewhere along the trail, I get a lot of "What ifs," boys, about the times I've failed.
24773 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 145 Rod Nichols Why? I don't know why although I've tried to reason out this thing, that brought me here and keeps me here still signin' on each spring.