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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
24942 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust George Wolstad FC 11 W-37 71 Curley Fletcher The Strawberry Roan Well, I'm a layin' round town spendin' my time out of a job, and not makin' a dime when up steps a feller and he says "I suppose, that you're a bronc rider, by the looks of your clothes."
24943 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 76 George Wolstad Baseball O, greata game ees basaball for young American
24944 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 83 George Wolstad Typical American Boy I'm just a typical American boy from a typical American town I believe in God and Senator Dodd and keeping old Castro down
24945 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 87 George Wolstad The weather story
24946 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 89 George Wolstad The cougar brothers story
24947 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 91 George Wolstad Livin' high on the hawg story
24948 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 92 George Wolstad Mosquitoes story
24949 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 97 George Wolstad Hayin' story
24950 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 101 George Wolstad Bureaucracy They wanted the dope on my porkys I got a few, sure enuf.
24951 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 106 George Wolstad The big city story
24952 Hogwash Hokum and Heifer Dust FC 11 W-37 115 George Wolstad Caviar Caviar comes from the virgin sturgeon
24953 The Schoolma'am and the saddle tramp FC 11 W-39 George Wolstad novel
24954 Today I baled some hay to feed the sheep the coyotes eat FC S-72 Bill Stockton Called "perhaps the finest artist Montana has produced since Charlie Russell," sheepman Bill Stockton of Grass Range has written a wise, humorous, and sometimes shocking book about-in Stockton's words-"the problems of being a sheep and a few of the problems of the people who care for them." But, as one critic has written, "this book will do more than amuse you or give you moments of enjoyment or teach you about sheep. It will teach you something about yourself." Illustrated throughout with Stockton's masterful drawings, Today I Baled Some Hay to Feed the Sheep the Coyotes Eat is a classic of Montana literature.
24955 Tuff Luck Jones and Tucker Smith FC 11 L-43 Bill Lowman Cowboys -- Caricatures and cartoons. Ranch life -- Caricatures and cartoons. North Dakota -- Caricatures and cartoons.
24956 Spur Tracks and Hoofprints FC 11 K-29 E.J. Kirchoff horse stories
24957 Three poems and letter by Robert L. Laumeyer FC 11 L-41 2 Robert L. Laumeyer Not Alone Oh, he does not live alone. He lives in a house with books and he has brilliant friends on every shelf he looks. They tell him their special thoughts friend, pleasure, brilliant, love
24958 Three poems and letter by Robert L. Laumeyer FC 11 L-41 3 Robert L. Laumeyer The Lonely Man's Prayer He was long alone in his home living among the rocks and trees. His music a coyote's howling his company a mountain breeze. stars, childhood, needle, care, soul
24959 Three poems and letter by Robert L. Laumeyer FC 11 L-41 4 Robert L. Laumeyer The Poet's Prayer Oh God, give me the talent to put great thoughts in each line. Let my meter come out perfect my chosen words always rhyme. Let me so entrance the reader inner sight, master piece, heaven, beauty
24960 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 6 Will H. Ogilvie Pour Passer No sweep of hill or valley, No meadows daisy-pearled, To break the line of mallee
24961 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 8 Will H. Ogilvie Gold Tresses You stand at my knee, Gold Tresses! Most true of all lovers of mine, With lips that are fashioned for kisses And fingers that thrill where they twine
24962 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 10 Will H. Ogilvie A Broken Web A spider floated a silken thread In the grey of a misty morn To fetter a rose to a rosebud red, A bloom to a bloom forlorn.
24963 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 12 Will H. Ogilvie The Township Lights With laugher and love-spells and witch-eyes of blue A girl in the township is waiting for you There is nothing that thrills like a hnadclasp of hers,
24964 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 14 Will H. Ogilvie The Parting There were trailing roses behind her And roses tall on the lawn, And Love for a gift had twined her A crown of the crimsonn dawn; She pondered on Life's
24965 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 16 Will H. Ogilvie Perhaps To-night! Perhaps to-night! came flashing through the splendour Of gleaming lights and gems and faces fair, The touching hands, the whispers low and tender, The love-lit glances and the scented air;
24966 Fair Girls and Gray Horses FC 11 O-12 17 Will H. Ogilvie To a Misogynist You dawn all women as wantons or worse For a lower proved false in the days gone by: Had you never a sister who held your hand As you loitered together in Babyland,