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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
25768 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 131 Bob Christensen Christmas 1996, The Tree From Utah From the heights of Emery County to the nation's eastern shore it serpentined cross country like the torch had done before. It'sdestination, Washington, as our nation's Christmas Tree; A Centennial gift from Utah for all to come and see.
25769 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 131 Bob Christensen Christmas 1997 Good Wishes We hope your barn is full of hay your stock is slick and fat that friend and neighbors take the time to stop a while and chat. We hope your Christmas Stocking's full of sweet and purty things while your doctor and your lawyer
25770 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 131 Bob Christensen Christmas 1998 Cowboy Logic In a line shack sat some waddies on a cold December night and they pondered on some storiesthey had heard; 'bout the Christ child born on Christmas and of his parents plight how he grew and lived to preac the holy word.
25771 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 132 Bob Christensen Christmas 1999, Call a Friend Instead of penning something clever, some snide remark about the weather, the cost of hay, the price of beef, the President and other grief I thought I'd ride a different trail, I hope this comes to some avail. This year instead of just a card
25772 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 132 Bob Christensen Christmas 2000 "The Radio Flyer Wagon" I remember Christmas morning right there underneath the tree Santa brought a new red wagon and he left it just for me. The white paint read "Radio Flyer" they're the very best you know. I'd of been outside a haunting if it wasn't for the snow.
25773 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 134 Bob Christensen Christmas 2001, Giving Thanks With all the joy this season brings, be thankful for the little things like, we finally got some winter weather, that the shingles seldom last forever, that grandkids come and shovel snow, that todday you have no place to go
25774 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 134 Bob Christensen Christmas 2002 "The Substitute" I'm older now and feeling strange, so they've brought me in from the range. The home ranch now is where I live, but I still have more that I can give. I'd chopped some wood and then of course, I fed the stock then forked my horse
25775 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 135 Bob Christensen Christmas 2003, New Years's Inventory Did you ever sit down and make a review of all the old hands that you ever knew and all of the ranges that you ever rode and all of the broncs from which you were throwed?
25776 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 136 Bob Christensen Christmas 2004 (Sage Brush Santa) One Christmas out west when the snow was real deep the stockings were hung and the kids were asleep and Santa had left and was well on his way when a double-tree broke on the tongue of his sleigh.
25777 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 138 Bob Christensen Christmas 2005, Livestock Logic "Did you note something strange?" asked the Mule of the Bay "The master just forked us a whole lot of hay we're always well fed but just looky there there's enough for each one a whole extra share."
25778 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 139 Bob Christensen Christmas 2006 "The Melt Down" The North Pole's in trouble according to Gore, So Santa his options he now must explore. Said Santa, "it looks like I should have thought twice before setting up shop on a thin sheet of ice."
25779 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 140 Bob Christensen Christmas 2007 "Alone for Christmas" She's just a wee bit shy of thirty with three kids all under ten and she's learning fast the workings of a place. She was raised up in the city then became a country wife so she's running hard to keep up the pace.
25780 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 142 Bob Christensen Christmas 2008 "The Back-haul" It's five a.m. Christmas morning and I'm loading hay; a ton and a half in the back of a sleigh. The driver's no help, he's alseep in the seat made deliveries all night and he seems a might beat.
25781 Confessions of A Cowboy Poet FC 11 C-52 143 Bob Christensen The Mountain There once was a couple of soul mates, that loved every minute of life. He hated the hours without her so he took her to be his dear wife.You would find them always together, on mountain, meadow or slope.
25782 Don McLennan Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-62 1 Don McLennan Fixin' the Outhouse Oly was napping on the couch one afternoon
25783 Don McLennan Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-62 2 Don McLennan The Door Prize I went to the monthly meeting, at the local Deer Creek Grange, and I won the door prize, but I thought it was little strange
25784 Don McLennan Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-62 3 Don McLennan The Tilted Christmas Tree The tree was slightly tilted, some ornaments on the floor
25785 Don McLennan Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-62 4 Don McLennan What did you do today? Bedtime is here, so I am wondering, what did you do today? I hope you made it special, it was all yours to work and to play.
25786 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 8 Charles W. Bell The Young Cowboy Learns a Lesson I'm goin'to tell you all a tale, I swear it's the honest truth. It happened a lotta years ago When I was a cocky youth.
25787 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 10 Charles W. Bell Chad's Boots Young Chad went to work for his uncle: "A dollar a day and your keep! The ranch was nine miles north of Cheyenne; Long days and not much sleep.
25788 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 12 Charles W. Bell Cowboy's Revenge Two cocky cowboys, Jim and Joe Were havin' fun one day. The boss came by and caught 'em cold, And he had this to say: "I see you guys are goofin' off
25789 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 13 Charles W. Bell Horse Liniment The hole of a badger in the prairie so wide Was the cause of our downfall, for me and my ride. Old Babe, who was blind in her right side eye,
25790 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 15 Charles W. Bell The Strawberry Roan Now I'll tell you a tale of a strawberry roan that my uncle had given to me. She was a gentle and beautiful mare, but untrained and as raw as a filly could be,
25791 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 17 Charles W. Bell Trompin' the Wool One day my dad came to my room, and then he said to me, "Just now your uncle Alton called, for help ASAP. It's shearing time out at the ranch,
25862 A Cowboy Named Emmet: A Death Song of a Son Who Missed The West Sam Edwards FC 11 E-23 Sam Edwards This is a long epic poem about a rancher named Emmet Edwards.