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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25417 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 99 Robert L. Laumeyer 1987 Courage You know you can fail and yet not a failure be. When a leaf falls. It does not kill a tree.
25418 Rhymes Along the Way FC 11 L-39 99 Robert L. Laumeyer The End You have made it to the end. I have nothing more to say. I hope you enjoyed my rhymes along the way.
25419 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 E.J. Kirchoff Electric Fence and the Brahma Bulls Now fences aren't all made the same. There's lots of different kind. And I can think of quite a few that instant come to mind. Some fences are still made of rails. Red cedar that will last. But mostly, those split out by hand's a relic of the past.
25420 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 8 E.J. Kirchoff Wonders of the World You can rave about the Pyramids, the wonders of the nile. Or sing about the Danube, or of Erin's emerald Isle. No doubt this old world has its many wonders to be seen.
25421 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 10 E.J. Kirchoff Mother and Son - or a Horse Named Moon This old horse was sure high headed. Leggy, too, and build to run. She'd been raced before I got her. And the most of them she's won. On her head she had a crecent. She went by the name of moon.She's brought in a lot of money.
25422 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 13 E.J. Kirchoff She Wasn't Wild This bunch a wild horses in the B L M corral had some mares with colts, some yearlin's and a blue roan stud as well. I was simply there a-lookin'. Didn't want none for my own. But my fancy sure was taken by that scarred up old blue roan.
25423 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 17 E.J. Kirchoff The Bottom Line Big thunderheads for days build up. But not a drop of rain. Where grasses lush and tall once grew became a dusty plain. When winter came, but little snow. And in the mountains high the snowpack there was mighty small. The winder sure was dry.
25424 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 19 E.J. Kirchoff An Axe to Grind "It seems to me this ranchin: sure is gettin' complicated. What yesterday was new, today is obsolete, out dated. It seems there's folks who seem to think our lives must all be planned by experts sayin' how to use our water, air and land."
25425 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 23 E.J. Kirchoff Wilbur's Courtship Old Bill said, "Irecall when Wilbur was a-courtin' Nel. He prob'ly will deni it. But it's true, now what I tell. Now this all happened 'way back when Old Wilbur's young, of course. And at the time in life when romance is a drivin' force.
25426 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 26 E.J. Kirchoff A Crack Shot The talk in Wilbur's stable always covers this and that when us fellers get together and go chewin' of the fat. We gripe about the weather. And the price of beef as well. Govermint and politicians always get a but of hell.
25427 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 28 E.J. Kirchoff Through the Ring This old boy was sure a- snortin' as he charged into the ring. He's been brought down to the auction for whatever he would bring. He was extra tall and leggy. Long of body. Built for speed. He sure weren't no good example of the white faced Hereford breed.
25428 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 31 E.J. Kirchoff Silver Mounted "This happened back when I was just a button," Old Bill said. "And I was wranglin' horses for the big, high sesert spread. This feller rode up to our herd we're camped at Hampton butte. His silver mounted saddle now, hand carved was sure a beaut.
25429 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 34 E.J. Kirchoff Old Lige Old Lige was quite a drinker. Liked his likker mixed or straight. And his alcohol comsumption was a lot more than he ate. Said weren't no use in livin' if a feller coudn't drink.
25430 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 37 E.J. Kirchoff The Greenhorn The talk around the fire is of dudes and tenderfeet. "Some things them fellers do", said Old Bill sure has got me beat. Them fellers sometimes barge right in where angels fear to trod. A feller knowin' better would wind up beneath the sod.
25431 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 42 E.J. Kirchoff Catching the Morning Sun They stand against the rimrock on a high and grassy hill to catch the early moring sun that drives away the chill. Their colors are reflected in the sun's bright shining rays. Sorrels, blacks and pintos.
25432 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 44 E.J. Kirchoff A Cautious Man Old Bill said, "Smokey Jones is sure a cautious sort of guy. Except in that big car of his. He likes to make it fly. I sure have had some wild rides with him in that old car. He throws all caution to the wind. Drives like a shooting star.
25433 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 47 E.J. Kirchoff No Slicker From here on top of Table Rock ten miles in to camp. From way the clouds are buildin' up just guess we'll sure get damp. Now maybe that's just puttin' it in words that's really mild.
25434 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 49 E.J. Kirchoff The Gypsy and the Politician "Well, I danged," said Old Bill as he layed the paper down. "there is sure some funny notions by these folks that run the town. Just see here by the paper where they made a big arrest. Was some gypsy tellin' fortunes. and some people lodged protest.
25435 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 51 E.J. Kirchoff The City We're there in the stable of Wilbur's one day discussin' some, how people live, work and play. "When I got my hay all up in the stack I took me a trip and I just now got back.
25436 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 54 E.J. Kirchoff Country Boy at Heart We're loafin' 'round the fire. Work all finished for the day. And smokin' that last cigarette before we hit the hay. Old Smokey Jones said, "Bill's forever tellin'of some tale. But stickin' to the truth, at times, Old Bill's been known to fail.
25437 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 56 E.J. Kirchoff Little John "This old boy was some peculiar," said Old BIll, "in some respects. Weren't no bigger than a minute. Wore a pair of rimless specs. Filed on a mountain homestead when he's gettin' up in years. Said he'd always had the hankerin's to raise a bunch a steers.
25438 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 60 E.J. Kirchoff Buttercup We called this feller Buttercup. He couldn't ride at all. And any horse that humped his back would send him for a fall. He rode into the ranch one day Decked out in fancy clothes. But he's no cowboys, that's for sure, a fact that plainly shows.
25439 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 64 E.J. Kirchoff Someone Didn't Shut the Gate them old cows now, weren't exactly what you'd call a barnyard pet. Where they seldom see a rider it's some wild they can get. Them old cows had been a-hidin' in the brush for several years.
25440 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 66 E.J. Kirchoff In The Eye of the Beholder She said, "I hate to tell you. But you'd ought to know, I guess. I saw Wilbur at the botique where be bought a slinky dress, "I was back mong the coats. He didn't know I was around. Heard him talking with the sales clerk. Carried plain just every sound.
25441 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 67 E.J. Kirchoff Domestic Harmony The talk in Wilbur's stable always covers cow and horse. The government and politcs. And weather now, of course. We also comment on the nes and weighty world affairs. And also blessings of the world as well as of its cares.