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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
2502 Pardners FC 11 C-18 10 Jo Casteel Me? Worry? I heard some cowboys talkin'. wisdom, worry, work, weather, life, ranching
2503 Pardners FC 11 C-18 12 Jo Casteel Sign Language The Indians used smoke signals. signals, signs, hand signals
2504 Pardners FC 11 C-18 13 Jo Casteel He Can and He Can't He can bust a bronc. mechanic, plumber, work, abilities
2505 Pardners FC 11 C-18 15 Jo Casteel No Class Sometimes I get a hankerin'. clothing, appearance
2506 Pardners FC 11 C-18 16 Jo Casteel It's Like Being on a Mule Team Ranchin's like a mule team. ranching, cattle buyers, work, money, cost of living
2507 Pardners FC 11 C-18 18 Jo Casteel Maybe Next Time I can't seem to find my panty hose. clothing, fashion, anniversary
2508 Pardners FC 11 C-18 19 Jo Casteel Equal Partners??? He said, "Let's be equal partners." gender roles, partnership, ranching, partner
2509 Pardners FC 11 C-18 20 Jo Casteel The Wild, Weird and Brave When we work cattle on this outfit. working cattle, friends, neighbors, help, work hands
2510 Pardners FC 11 C-18 22 Jo Casteel He Ain't Never Made One My cowboy's dang sure funny. mistakes
2511 Pardners FC 11 C-18 23 Jo Casteel Limericks You cowboys you always talk chest. limericks, boobs, politicians, ranching
2512 Pardners FC 11 C-18 25 Jo Casteel Buck Fever He's not so much his self, Lord, as when it's huntin' time each year. hunting, deer, buck
2513 Pardners FC 11 C-18 26 Jo Casteel Dumb as a Post I was sittin' one day, sure outta the way. cowboys, values
2514 Pardners FC 11 C-18 28 Jo Casteel Fashion Frenzy Last night I was dreaming a nightmare. clothing, fashion, beauty
2515 Pardners FC 11 C-18 30 Jo Casteel The Only Thing False was His Teeth There was an ole timer. old-timer, false teeth
2516 Pardners FC 11 C-18 32 Jo Casteel Showered with Gifts When we were a courtin'. courting, gifts, love, courtship
2517 Pardners FC 11 C-18 34 Jo Casteel Was a Sorry Sight I've seen a lot of purty sights. skinny dipping, embarrassment
2518 Pardners FC 11 C-18 35 Jo Casteel It's Been a Long Day I hit the floor a runnin'. roundup, work, chores, wife, mother
2519 Pardners FC 11 C-18 37 Jo Casteel Lonesome Tonight O Lord, my heart is lonely. night, night-riding, lonesome, loneliness
2520 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 1 Jo Casteel Cowboys in Common Cowboys are sure special. cowboys
2521 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 2 Jo Casteel There's Something About a Gate, I Hate When I die and go to heaven. gates
2522 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 4 Jo Casteel Sheepherder's Lament To the sheep people of the country. sheep
2523 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 6 Jo Casteel She was a Lady When my heart swells with pride, or is fearful with dread. woman, admiration, friendship
2524 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 8 Jo Casteel That Crawlin' Critter We had an ole cow that could limbo. cow, fences
2525 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 9 Jo Casteel Coming Home Song My wranglin' boy had grown. peace of mind, home, youth, roaming
2526 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 11 Jo Casteel What Time is Dinner? The seconds of our life tick on. time, late, meals, nagging