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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
24800 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 29 Bob Christensen Too much heat While sitting with some saddle tramps who were some pals of mine; we storied one another as we commenced to dine.
24801 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 30 Bob Christensen The rustler In the year 1890 on a hot and dusty spread lived an Arizona rancher by the name of Cactus Fred. Now this rancher was my Grandpa, a tough an ornery cuss who just went about his business and never made a fuss.
24802 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 31 Bob Christensen The handy man Great Grandpa was a travelin' man who went from town to town; a fixing things or touching up or tearing something down.
24803 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 32 Bob Christensen The chicken thieves Near the railroad town of Kelton in the year of ninety-nine my great uncle ran some cattle by the lake that's full of brine.
24804 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 33 Bob Christensen The sleepy bear Grandma had an uncle that lived back in the woods.
24805 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 34 Bob Christensen Unlce Solomon My mama had an uncle who's name is world renown. His story now is legend in any western town.
24806 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 35 Bob Christensen Red Cloud's grandson He was a buffalo soldier or so the legend goes; the only known survivor so no one really knows. Red Cloud found him lying wounded when they'd finished the attack.
24807 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 36 Bob Christensen The casino I remember in Nevada, it was several years ago, how they closed up a casino on the shore of Lake Tahoe. They didn't want to do it but they really had no choice 'cause the bomb put in the lobby was the dominating voice.
24808 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 38 Bob Christensen Picture this Ma opened up the mail sack then gave a shout of glee. It's a letter from my brother, he's going to visit me.
24809 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 41 Bob Christensen The challenge I've bought bad news to widow. I've put a horse to sleep. I've ridden drag in August and I've rode to town with sheep.
24810 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 42 Bob Christensen Next year I know you feel discouraged and perhaps you have the right; 'cause you weren't in the saddle when they crowned the queen that night.
24811 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 45 Bob Christensen So you're movin' in So you've moved out to the country and left the city lights and the hustle and the bustle for the quiet summer nights.
24812 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 47 Bob Christensen A real good year Twas at the Cattleman's Convention in December of eighty-eight I hadn't seen him for a spell, says I, you're looking great. Says he I'm feelin' awful good, we've had a real good year. His next words sent an icy chill that filled me full of fear.
24813 Confessions of a cowboy poet: The complete works of Bob Christensen, to date (in FC 11 C-52 47 Bob Christensen Bad habits They said give up tobacco, it isn't good for you; not tailor-mades nor roll your own's or even as a chew.
24814 Don Irving Porter material FC 11 P-37 Don Irving Porter Tombstone Gray It was still dark on teh mesa the morning start was up, the cowboys hunkered 'round the fire nursing their coffee cups
24815 Don Irving Porter material FC 11 P-37 misc. Newspaper clippings about Don Irving Porter and his uncle John Prather's rebellion
24816 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 12 Ray Owens Tracks That Won't Blow Out I didn't know him all that long And maybe not that well 'Cause how good we really know someone Is sometimes hard to tell.
24817 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 13 Ray Owens An Ever Dwindlin' Breed I wonder what he's thinkin'; what's runnin' thru his mind He's just sittin there a-starin'; though it's plain to all he's blind
24818 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 16 Ray Owens Color Blind We were sittin', tlakin' horses; my old friend and I that day Enjoyin' one another's comp'ny an' just passin time away
24819 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 20 Ray Owens Are You a Cowboy, Mister? Are you a cowboy, Mister? You're dressed like one, I see I'm not s'posed to talk to strangers. That's what Momma says to me
24820 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 22 Ray Owens A Man to Take the Tally Grandpa, I've got a question; somethin' I'm not sure about, It's a sayin' I've heard folks use that I can't quite figure out.
24821 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 25 Ray Owens Men to Ride the River With A man to ride the river with, he is a special kind And lookin' backward through my life, there's some that come to mind
24822 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 27 Ray Owens A Real Man Men come in diff'rent sizes, diff'rent shapes and widths and lengths They all have diff'rent weaknesses, as well as diff'rent strengths
24823 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 29 Ray Owens Neighbor There's more to bein' a neighbor than bein' "just htose folks over there" It takes a special person; one who's got a lotta care
24824 Cowboy Poetry: Tracks That Won't Blow Out FC 11 O-10 31 Ray Owens Drugstore Conversation Hospital up in Amarillo is where I been beddin' down And man, I'm here to tell ya, I was proud to leave that town.