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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
2527 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 12 Jo Casteel What A "Purty" Day to Pregnancy Test Cows The day had come to test them cows. cows, pregnancy test
2528 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 13 Jo Casteel Times Have Changed Hedge them cattle -- lock 'em in. progress, change, modern times
2529 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 15 Jo Casteel A Visit to the Doc's Ain't never been to doctors much, at least not up to now. doctor, medicine, stitching a wound, injury
2530 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 17 Jo Casteel A Daddy's Prayer I'm joyed to be their pardner. father, children, parent, son, daughter, care, family
2531 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 18 Jo Casteel You Sure Do Burn Our Hide Now I went and did it. radio, weather forecaster, weather, news, sports, seasons
2532 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 20 Jo Casteel If He Had His "Druthers" He's just about as lonesome as a man could ever be. heaven, hell, afterlife, snob, friendship
2533 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 23 Jo Casteel Best Invention Ever Now the winter's been sure cold. inventors, inventions, pitchfork, warmth, cold, winter
2534 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 24 Jo Casteel Is His Time a Comin'? What'll we do when our pardner is gone. death, pardners, loss, grandfather, father
2535 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 26 Jo Casteel Gonna Give Up the Snuff The cowboy said, "Enough -- I'm quittin' this snuff." snuff, chew, chewing tobacco, habit, quitting tobacco
2536 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 27 Jo Casteel It Doesn't Matter If We're Rich or Poor We're really gettin' tired, livin' so closely to the ground. money, frustration, poverty, wealth
2537 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 29 Jo Casteel Portrait of an Old Woman I still see her dime yes glowing. woman, tribute, aging, admiration, neighbors
2538 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 30 Jo Casteel The Wild Rose That man of mine, he did come home. intoxication, drunk, flowers, rose
2539 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 32 Jo Casteel A Broken Spirit I saw that hateful wind blow dirt. broken spirit, drought, dry, loss of land
2540 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 33 Jo Casteel What are Neighbors For I was workin' that day, usin' Plan A. help, neighbors, stray
2541 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 34 Jo Casteel Nothin' But a Cowboy If I weren't born a cowboy. occupation, cowboy, work
2542 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 35 Jo Casteel You Understand, Don't You Lord? Cowboy life is lonesome. cowboy, occupation, work, joy
2543 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 36 Jo Casteel My Little Piggies I ain't never seen such creatures. motherhood, children, manners, food
2544 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 37 Jo Casteel Somethin' Strange My kids half-growed and strappin'. children, parent, rain, fright
2545 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 38 Jo Casteel Ain't Life Somethin' You spend your life a payin' tax. trouble, life, hardships, frustration
2546 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 40 Jo Casteel Dusty, Wild It was a vast and rugged country. horse, foal, wild horses, mare, motherless colt
2547 Cut from the Same Leather - Book Two FC 11 C-19 43 Jo Casteel A Cowboy Kind of Friendship I've rode pert near each trail. friendship, pardners
2548 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 1 Cynthia Vannoy-Rhoades Gambler's Lament I once was known as a gambler bold. gambling, ranching
2549 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 3 Ray Pendergraft The Old Timer I left my home, a thirstin' for adventure. bad luck, misfortune, aging, life, old-timer
2550 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 5 Kent Stockton Heelin' Steers is Easy "Ain't nothin' to heelin' a damned ol' steer." steer roping, heeling steers
2551 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 7 Faun Cole Old Blaze I had a real cow pony once. youth, cow pony, money, loss, selling