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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
25542 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 92 E.J. Kirchoff Friendship The world is full of treasures. Precious gems of many kind. The yellow metal known as gold that men have died to find. Some works of art are priceless.
25543 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 94 E.J. Kirchoff Speechless Old Bill is shoein' horses and he's worked up quite a sweat. The sun is beatin' plenty hot. In fact, he's wringin' wet. It's at a little rodeo. And out behind the chutes he's pickin' up some extra dough to buy a pair of boots.
25544 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 96 E.J. Kirchoff Success "There's sure a lot of difference in what people call success. But each to his own likin' is how it should be, I guess. Some figger lots of money is what makes success complete.
25545 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 98 E.J. Kirchoff Reaction Old Bill said, "I am reminded of a day some years ago. How some folks are agonna react is a thing you never know. "I was snappin' our some broncos. At the job I'm pretty fair.
25546 Trail Dust FC 11 K-32 99 E.J. Kirchoff Awakening All my life I'd see the sunsets paint their magic in the sky; known the lofty, timbered mountains; granite peaks that tower high; the sylvan mountain meadows where a creek meanders through. And the sheen of grass that sparkles
25547 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 7 E.J. Kirchoff Cookie "He wasn't much to look at. Fact, was homelier than sin. Beer belly some protrudin' bald of head and double chin. One eye that looked off yonder. Had a scar across his face. A nose that had been flattened,
25548 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 13 E.J. Kirchoff Better Get the Gun This big old steer was in the pen and somewhat on the prod. He's shake his head and blow his nose while pawin' up the sod. He's mostly Durham, red and white, but in his pedigree there was a trace of Texas cow it sure is plain to see.
25549 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 15 E.J. Kirchoff Swore Off We're loafin' 'round the fire. Work all finished for the day. And smokin' that last cigarette before we hit the hay. Old Bill said, "Them there coffin nails will make you short on breath. And fill your lungs with nicotine. And cause an early death.
25550 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 18 E.J. Kirchoff The Feud "These old boys," said Smokey Jones, "was Feudin' bad when I'm a kid. Neither one could find no good in what the other feller did. Growin' up they're bosom buddies. Quite the handles of a plow for the yen of playin' nurse maid
25551 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 20 E.J. Kirchoff Old Jake and His Teeth Old Jake had been a rancher all his long and busy life. He had a spread on Stewart Creek. Never had himself a wife. He'd filled there a homestead 'way back in an early day.
25552 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 23 E.J. Kirchoff The Bronc and the Match "A lot of years have come and gone since I first learned to ride. When I was barely big enough to toddle 'long outside. In fact, my first bronc was the foot of my pa's ridin' boot," said Latigo. "He'd bounce me there and say, ' Ma, ain't it cute?
25553 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 25 E.J. Kirchoff It Makes a Difference Smokey Jones said, "This here happened now some number years ago. Back then I'm just a botton of a kid, I'd have you know. We're movin' steers to make. Much to far to go by trail. We'd drove 'em to the railroad, and we're shippin' 'em by rail.
25554 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 28 E.J. Kirchoff Old Bill and the Bronc I caught me a bronc that was wild. Right fresh from the sage and the sand. Not since he was branded and gelded had he felt the tough of a hand. He was four years old and a beauty. A star on his head and a bay.
25555 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 31 E.J. Kirchoff Latigo's Big Business Deal When Latigo was passin' by he'd stop and talk a spell. It might be just the weather or some yarn he had to tell. His ranch up there on Beaver creek was just a modest spread.
25556 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 34 E.J. Kirchoff The Green Bronc "I well recall," Old Wilbur said, "When Joe took him a wife. She didn't know a blessed thing about a rancher's life.Joe's brought himself a ranch by then. But hadn't settled down.
25557 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 36 E.J. Kirchoff Old Bill Learns To Drive When Old Bill got his Model T he said, "It ain't alive. So it should be some easier than any mules to drive. I'll have the dritter halter broke and gentled in a week," he said when they delivered to his ranch there up the creek.
25558 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 39 E.J. Kirchoff Whiskey Talk This old bronc was sure high headed. He was snorty, big and stout. And he sure was plenty wild after four years runnin' out. As a colt he'd felt a lass rope. On his hide was burned a brand. Ever since he'd roamed the rimrocks never touched by human hand.
25559 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 43 E.J. Kirchoff Good Old Days A bunch of us were talkin' remencen days of old when life was mighty perfect. Or at least, that's how it's told. I guess we got some mauldin 'bout them good old days of yore.
25560 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 46 E.J. Kirchoff The Farmer, His Truck and the Train "Now the Good Lord has a way," said Latigo with sober face, "Of a-lookin' after enfants, dang fools of human race. "And the tenderfeet and greenhorns get away with things they do
25561 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 49 E.J. Kirchoff Sudden Change in the Weather We're up around the Darby Peaks. Fall roundup's underway. The evening turned off cold from what had been a sultry day. We've got a big old fire to ward off the growin' chill while ki-otes serenade the moon off on a distant hill.
25562 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 53 E.J. Kirchoff Dumb Brute We're there in Wilbu's stable. Someone said, "Believe me now, I've never seen a critter half as stupid as a cow. You talk about a dumb brute, that sure fits 'em to a T. A thing that's any dumber I don't think I'll ever see."
25563 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 56 E.J. Kirchoff In Great Demand This old horse was sure a-packin' of a lot of different brands. Showin' plain that in his lifetime he had frequently changed hands. He was Roman nosed and pin eared.With a ratty tail and mane. He was hipsot and his backbone and his rubs were showin' plain.
25564 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 59 E.J. Kirchoff Cowboys Just the Same "I know it ain't the biggest. And it may not be the best.But I would rather have my ranch than any of the rest. I sure don't envy no one of his million dollar spread. I may not make much money, but I don't go in the red,"
25565 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 61 E.J. Kirchoff Ain't Mules "One time I'm workin' on this ranch. Back then I'm just a kid. But I was drain' down the pay the same as grownups did. "Two fellers just at dinner time come drivin' in one day.
25566 Bunchgrass, Sage and Alkili FC 11 K-34 67 E.J. Kirchoff A Quick Look "One time we're gettin' ready for the roundup," Old Bill said. "I'm nearly done with shoein'. All except a could head. The wagon's greased for rollin'. Loaded down with grub to go.