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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
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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
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.
24774 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 147 Rod Nichols Widder Kate The laughter ran from man to man as the story went around. There hadn't been since way back when a scene like that in town.
24775 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 151 Rod Nichols Winter Winter's the worst when it happens; line camp is always alone. There's too many mem'ries and heartaches, and a wrong has a life of its own.
24776 Drover Diaries: Original Poems of the American Cowboy FC 11 N-14 152 Rod Nichols Yep "It's been awhile," the cowboy said. "Yep," replied his friend. "It must be nearly fifteen years." "Yep," he said again.
24778 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 2 Bob Christensen The space shot Today they shot a rocket up, a long way into space
24779 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 2 Bob Christensen Gobble, gobble hobble While visiting a rancher on a balmy afternoon we talked of cattle prices and what they'd be in June.
24780 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 3 Bob Christensen The bachelor gal We'd been selling in Montana it was getting close to dark it was cattle feed we peddled to ranchers near the Park.
24781 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 5 Bob Christensen Rancher's revenge We'd worked all day a branding calves and now we took a rest Buck opened a six-pack, took a smoke out of his vest
24782 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 7 Bob Christensen The feed order Hello? Yes sir we sell feed. Sure we'll make the kind you need.
24783 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 7 Bob Christensen The vet You know I'l bet that there's a vet a hanging up his shingle like lawyer guys they multiplies, there's three work out of Dingle
24784 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 9 Bob Christensen Old Jupitor Doc, you've got to come right out I need you on the spot It's Old Jupitor, there's something wrong, he's the best bull that I've got
24785 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 10 Bob Christensen The square dance They took me to a square dance, I didn't want to go
24786 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 12 Bob Christensen Tree of Utah I hope that I shall never see another giant cemet tree with giant balls of red and green a fouling up some desert scene
24787 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 12 Bob Christensen Salesman's relief For half my life I've traveled, I've ridden for the brand It's cattle feed I've peddled through most this western land
24788 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 15 Bob Christensen The pickup Sir, you really are in luck, yes I might just sell this truck I'd most as soon though sell my wife, I've driv' her nearly all my life
24789 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 16 Bob Christensen Pardners Two buckaroos, real pardners true, were rounding up some strays.
24790 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 17 Bob Christensen The helpmate I've always stood right by his side, the ranchers good wife said . . . married to a jinx
24791 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 18 Bob Christensen Cowboy in paradise This old boy from Oklahoma had a chance to take a trip to a hotel in Hawaii on a sunny, sandy strip T'was his first time in the Islands, hell, he'd seldom been to town Yet here he was in paradise; the plane had just touched down.