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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2477 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 8 J.T. Crozier My Old Cowboy Hat The folks are both gone now, their house will be sold. age, youth, memories, boyhood
2478 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 10 J.T. Crozier Rope a Norther, My Son My daddy was a rancher over the Western slope. land, nature, respect, hope, fate, death, heartbreak, dad, north wind
2479 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 12 J.T. Crozier Halter Broke Old Billy Dale was just a 'poke. women, widow, wedding
2480 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 13 J.T. Crozier Success Old Jeb he was a cowpoke, best I ever saw. rodeo, star, JC Penney, model, fashion, alcoholic
2481 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 14 J.T. Crozier American Tragedy The rain clouds lie wet and heavy. nature, land, memories, boyhood, debt, partner, depression
2482 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 15 J.T. Crozier Justice "Dead to rights they got him," said the town drunk on the street. gallows, murder, punishment
2483 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 16 J.T. Crozier A Little Hope There's a ridge that's runnin' somewhere. truth, disappointment, hope, God
2484 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 17 J.T. Crozier Images Ever watched. nature, ghosts, fog, mysterious
2485 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 18 J.T. Crozier Last of the Platoon There's a tavern in Kentucky, a table by the wall. Billy Pierce, disabled, friendship, war, bond
2486 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 20 J.T. Crozier Keep On Keeping On The roof on the barn is still saggin'. hardship, poverty, money, ranching, endurance
2487 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 21 J.T. Crozier Dreaming It's a good two miles from the line shack. imaginations, hero, success, fortune, reality
2488 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 22 J.T. Crozier Singing Wind I hear you from the mountains. nature, memories, sound
2489 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 23 J.T. Crozier To Reminisce There's no market for old men like me. age, memories, experience, advice
2490 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 24 J.T. Crozier Gunfighter's Eyes James Butler Hickock was the man they called "Wild Bill." law, outlaw, poker, Jack McCall, coward
2491 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 26 J.T. Crozier Princess Princess, honey, this is John. bills, expenses, woman, money
2492 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 27 J.T. Crozier I'll Stay Here a While He wore a pair of wranglers. romance, courting, dance, fun, celebration, anniversary, courtship
2493 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 28 J.T. Crozier I Like It Out There I like it out here where the wind blows fast. silence, nature, prairie
2494 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 30 J.T. Crozier Some Women are Born to Love Losers Some women spend their whole lifetime. inferiority, superiority, wrong choices
2495 Cowboy: A Roundup of Verse FC 11 C-17 31 J.T. Crozier Ballad of the General's Star I happened to be drivin' down from Billings to Shoshone. old man, Rafter Three, life story, Big Horn Creek, Dusty's Cowboy Bar, whisky, troopers, ghost star, George Custer, fooled, cheated, luck
2496 Pardners FC 11 C-18 1 Jo Casteel About Eggs This cowboy rarely leaves the shack. eggs, chickens, foodways
2497 Pardners FC 11 C-18 2 Jo Casteel My Dad and I My Dad he says I'm growin', and a fine man I soon'll be. father, son, values, childhood, children, heritage, family, teaching
2498 Pardners FC 11 C-18 4 Jo Casteel Bureaucracy They say I'm not efficient. paperwork, record keeping, statistics, banks, government, red tape
2499 Pardners FC 11 C-18 5 Jo Casteel Wishin' I Could Stay If those sparkles in the snow were only diamonds. bankers, money, prayer, nature
2500 Pardners FC 11 C-18 6 Jo Casteel Breakin' `Em In I've been bit by them snakes. blue jeans, Wranglers, clothing, levis
2501 Pardners FC 11 C-18 8 Jo Casteel No Future? You folks, say there is no future. ranching, work, money, fame, values