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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
2552 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 9 Terry Henderson Countin' Cows I count the cows, there's 1,2, 3. counting cows
2553 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 10 Barbara Hennings Powder River Sinner He rode into Gillette one day. dance, going to town
2554 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 12 Dave Konkel Soon I love her like the morning. love, home
2555 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 13 Charles A. Kortes Teamwork I always owned a two bit ranch with cattle running `round. fences, cows, ranching
2556 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 15 Margaret Logan Old Cowpuncher Remembers I'm an ornery old cowpuncher. ornery, aging
2557 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 16 Virginia Covey Boswell A Lot of Livin' There's a lot of dark behind me. learning, knowledge
2558 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 17 Midge Swartz After Words "You see," he spoke through drying lips. wildlife, air quality, strip mining, conservation, ecology, nature
2559 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 19 Tina Burke To Be or Not to Be -- A Cowboy There's an elite, select group of people. Wyoming, ranching, occupation
2560 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 21 Jean Mathisen Sam's Remedy The ranch old Samuel lived upon was fifty miles from town. baling wire, repairs
2561 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 22 Janell Hanson A Rancher's Reply to Sightseeing You seen the ridge straight north? sightseeing, wide open places
2562 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 23 Jan Cardine Cowboy Love Song I married a cowboy and live on his ranch. wife, hardship, mislead, lovesong, marriage
2563 Cowpuncher Poetry Nancy Curtis FC 11 C-20 24 Don Bell You Better Get Ready Now listen you old cowboy to what I've got to say. Judgment Day, Good Book, Bible, afterlife
2564 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 2 Austin Corcoran Dawn of a Round-up Day Dawn -- and the clear cool air. dawn, morning, sunrise, cattle drive, cattle trail, roundup
2565 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 3 Austin Corcoran Mortimer Post Mortimer Post was a walking ghost. gambling
2566 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 4 Austin Corcoran My Notebook Tonight, as I leaf through my notebook. friendship
2567 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 6 Austin Corcoran Chuck Time on the Round-up It was chuck time on the round-up. foodways, sourdough, grub, chuck, cook
2568 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 10 Austin Corcoran Two Ply's Alibi Two Ply Bill, of the Double Cross. rumored death
2569 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 11 Austin Corcoran Grand Valley There is snow on the brow of Grand Mesa. Grand Valley, Colorado, nature
2570 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 12 Austin Corcoran Plain Bull One day when I rode out. bull, bull riding
2571 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 16 Austin Corcoran Reverie An old cow horse with an easy gait. outdoors, mountains, appreciation of nature, cow pony
2572 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 17 Austin Corcoran A Toast If you've breathed the dust. Colorado, Wyoming
2573 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 17 Austin Corcoran The Days on the Wall I tore a leaf from the calendar. calendar, days
2574 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 18 Austin Corcoran The Man from the Hidden Trails There's a lot of guys, who think they're wise. manhood, knowledge
2575 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 19 Austin Corcoran Night Herd It was raining like the devil. night-herding, rain, storm
2576 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 22 Austin Corcoran Lo! The Poor Cowboy The cowboys were riding the ranges content. writers, movies, Hollywood, words, cameras, motion pictures