Link to Utah USU Special Collection home page

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
25442 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 64 E.J. Kirchoff Babyface She was some highsteppin' pony with her head up in the air. Took the lead down off the rimrocks when we went tp pen 'em there at the mouth of Red Hawk canyon in a high and stout corral. And thinks I, "The way she's steppin' this old horse will sure be swell."
25443 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 74 E.J. Kirchoff On a Peaceful Autumn Day Sure am feelin' mighty lazy on this sunny autumn day. And enjoyin' every minute, knowin' winter's on the way. On the hill the spreading maples are aflame in orange and red. Fleecy clouds of gauze are floating' in a blue sky overhead.
25444 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 75 E.J. Kirchoff The Stand Off We got this bunch a cattle that we're fixin' to corral. They been movin' plenty peaceful. Every thing is goin' well. 'Till a deer takes off a-runnin' from the brush there just ahead. And a couple red cap hunters jump up, start to throwin' lead.
25445 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 78 E.J. Kirchoff The Changing West We're there in Wilbur's stable. Some a-chewin' of the fat like when fellers get together and discussin' this and that. "This old west that we live in sure has gone thru' lots a change, " said Old Bill, "since I'm a young un and first started ridin' range.
25446 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 79 E.J. Kirchoff Doesn't Change "I've been around a quite a spell and learned a thing or two," said Old Bill as he carefully cut off a climax chew. "I've seen a lot a changes since the horse and buggy day to where the supersonic jet now speeds us on our way.
25447 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 80 E.J. Kirchoff Vacation Old Bill won't own up to it. But this story's true, I swear. I know first hand what happened 'caus you see, now I was there. One time when roundup's over Old Bill said, "I'm gonna take myself a real vation. Gonna really blowm' stake,
25448 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 82 E.J. Kirchoff A Smile Like the glory of the dawning when a day is given birth and the sun with all its splendor comes to brighten up the earth; like the flaming, chaning colors as they paint the western sky when the sun's fulfilled his mission and he bids the day good bye;
25449 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 84 E.J. Kirchoff Distant Places Old horse, I've often read about the wonders of the world that's found in far off places under foreign flags unfurled. I guess they're worth the seein' if you've time and money, too. But since, old horse, we've neither what we read will have to do.
25450 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 43 D.J Badger He Writ This Letter Home Dear Ma and Pa, I made it. I'm on the cattle drive. The foreman said he needed help Long as they's alive! He meant it too, and days are long. the nights are short at best. i got the midnight watch
25451 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 85 E.J. Kirchoff Empty Bottle The art of tradin' horses, or a calf, or cow, or mule is right down Wilbur's alley, and he plays it mighty cool. He's got a livery stable. Deals in livestock -- any kind. If what you want he hasn't, you can be he'll quickly find.
25452 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 44 D.J Badger Cowboy Vacation When a cowboy takes vacation, it's a rare and special time. He lines it up with greatest care and ease. He loads stuff in the pickup, including the dogs, And heads for fishin' places bound to please. When he's had enough of fishin,
25453 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 45 D.J Badger Letter from Montana Dear joyce and Rulen and all of you folks down there in ol' Yucca a-makin' them jokes 'bout us ignerant people here in the Montanas a-freezin' our buns off while you grow the bananas. A-freezin' our buns off is only half true
25454 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 48 D.J Badger Ballad of Yacalla a Cowboy's Horse A cowboy's sentimental 'Bout his dog and gal, of course, But where his heart is softest Is considerin' his horse,. A dog, however faithful, Or a woman's tender tears
25455 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 52 D.J Badger The Foreman He's up at four-thirty to feed his stock, Then he saddles a horse or two For the ride to check on the line shacks And to see what his cowboys do. He delivers some oil to the first one,
25456 A-Movin' West FC 11 B-70 53 D.J Badger Old Hat Hey, Dad, watcha doin' with that old hat? Your new one matches your suit. Are you sure it wasn't dragged in by the cat? Or did you use it to wipe your boot? We're gonna be late for the Grange, Dad. They're giving you that big award.
25457 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 88 E.J. Kirchoff Can't Kick Old horse, I guess I sure can't kick about the life I've had. Tho' times the trail was plenty rough it hasn't all been bad. For life is like the weather. It can't all be brigh and fair. But tallied up you'll find the good sure holds the winning share.
25458 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 89 E.J. Kirchoff Luck of the Draw This feller said, "I followed rodeo for quite a spell. I figgered with a little luck I'd sure do pretty well. "I'm young and optomistic then. And figggered I could ride. I'd growed up in the saddle settin' on a horse's hide.
25459 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 91 E.J. Kirchoff Gettin' Old When a feller's young, he figgers that he'll always stay that way. And tho' others may get ancient, he will never see the day. And while oldsters may get stove up, have rheumatic aches and pain, hearin' mention of their troubles sorta goes against the grain.
25460 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 93 E.J. Kirchoff Love Letterss When I awakened this mornin' I'm feelin' so tired and old. On the gate of the ranch there's a little square sign. And a single word says "SOLD". I lay for a time there just thinkin'. And hatin' to get out of bed. And dreadin' the job I was facin'. But the little sign meant what it said.
25461 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 9 Robert L. Laumeyer The Song of the Hunter I was born for rocks and trees, Long views of the mountains green. Depression of the soul can't last, Washed away by a mountain stream. I was born to see great space, Hear the silence of the trees
25462 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 95 E.J. Kirchoff Old Dan Old Dan just sorta puttered 'round. And hoed the weeds in garden ground. and picked the produce. Brought it in. And irrigated now and then. He gathered eggs. And milked the cow. And fed her hay down from the mow.
25463 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 9 Robert L. Laumeyer Alone I told my tale to a lonely pine. A tale of being and a tale of time. By and by the pine whispered back to me, "I stand alone but I am free."
25464 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 10 Robert L. Laumeyer A Drifting Cloud The old man watched the cloud drift along, In the clear blue sky it did not belong. As he watched the cloud near the rim, He thought how much the cloud, was like him. In life, no other anchor of faith had he earned
25465 Rimrock and Juniper FC 11 K-31 96 E.J. Kirchoff Thankful Old horse, we've got a lot of things we're thankful for indeed. Like early rains and open fall that's made a lot of feed. We're thankful for cows we have. And for the calves they raise. And for the beauty nature paints. And balmy autumn days.
25466 The Song of the Hunter FC 11 L-40 10 Robert L. Laumeyer Epilogue Does the cloud cease to be, When it passes the rim? Does his existence stop, When not understood by him? (end)