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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
25817 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 63 Charles W. Bell The Fence They were two thousand miles from home that day, the dudes in their big RV. From their home back East they had driven far to this Western prairie.
25818 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 66 Charles W. Bell Cheyenne Weather When winter comes to old Cheyenne the wind, it starts to blow. It fills the air with everything from real estate to snow. It blows the branches from the trees, the fence posts from the ground.
25819 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 68 Charles W. Bell Shreve and Charlie the Coyote Now Shreve was an independent gal, Who liked doing things for herself. But soon she got tired of the Frisco scene-Her life was stuck on a shelf.
25820 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 70 Charles W. Bell Cowboy Patriot Old Charley was settin' in the Bide n' Bite, 'N havin' a cuppa Joe. When two old 'n grizzled guys came in And they was a movin' slow.
25821 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 72 Charles W. Bell Rachel's Quest Rachel was a school "marm," way out on the Little Bear. She was loving and kind to all the racher's kids out there.
25822 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 73 Charles W. Bell Reflection on Father's Day Now my old man had funny ways But he always said that goodness pays. He was a rancher with sunburned face And spent his time working his place.
25823 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 75 Charles W. Bell Fishin' When I was still young and my learnin' undone, I used to go fishin' a lot. On some summer day we'd make our way To my dad's secret fishin' spot.
25824 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 78 Charles W. Bell Boots Old Charley was settin' in the Bide 'n Bite An' jawin' with a few of his pals. Of course a lotta lies were told 'Bout the times they'd had with the gals.
25825 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 80 Charles W. Bell The Air Conditioned Outhouse I was drivin' one day from Fort Collins Colo, Headin' my way to Lar'mie Wyo. Only sixty nine miles of no population, But I found myself in a bad situation.
25827 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 82 Charles W. Bell The Ballad of the Old Kitchen Stove After many years of heavy use The door on our kitchen stove came loose. We'd put it up and it'd come back down, so Wife and I took off for town
25828 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 83 Charles W. Bell Since My Wife Went Away The days seem mighty lonesome, the nights are surely long, The grub, it just don't taste right, and everything goes wrong. The sun don't shine as brightly,
25829 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 84 Charles W. Bell Oh, Oh, The Wife is Comin' Back My wife went away, but now she's comin' back. I'm just sittin' here, havin' a panic attack. I guess I'd better get ready, the task is gonna be huge.
25830 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 85 Charles W. Bell Two Gifts for Christmas For days and days the blizzard raged. Inside the cabin they were caged. The snow had fallen Christmas week. Their Christmas sure was going to be bleak.
25831 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 88 Charles W. Bell Big Jake's Christmas Big Jake was a tough and mighty man, 'till an accident struck him down. He was badly injured in his head; he was hospitalized in town.
25832 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 89 Charles W. Bell Christmas Star Lord, I've had a pretty hard day Out on the range a searchin' a stray. I plumb fergot just what day this is I was just mindin' the ranch's biz.
25833 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 91 Charles W. Bell Cowboy Christmas Play Jenny was a sprightly girl along about age eleven. The bunkhouse hands all doted on her since she was about seven.
25834 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 93 Charles W. Bell Rosie's Western Christmas 'Twas the middle of October when Rosie came to town; Single, with four kids in tow, and car about broke down. Broke and needin' to find some work
25835 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 95 Charles W. Bell Christmas Reunion Christmas day was coming and they were sad. And they were getting old and the times were bad. The Great Depression was going on in full sway,
25836 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 97 Charles W. Bell The Unwanted Christmas Tree Big Jake and Momma Jo were sitting by the fireplace that day. 'Twas early in December, and Christmas was on the way.
25837 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 99 Charles W. Bell Two Burros The burro was the last one left, the adoption pen was bare. The men were not surprised, for he looked the worse for wear.
25838 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 103 Charles W. Bell Lucille Jeanine and I rode back on the range From the graveyard down the way, 'Cause she and I were headin' back From a sad, sad buryin' that day.
25839 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 105 Charles W. Bell Moving at My Own Pace Ah, those autumn days when nature plays With colors of earthy hue. When clouds furl high in the sunset sky Enhancing that lovely blue.
25840 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 106 Charles W. Bell Autumn Days The day had begun, breakfast was done And I was still movin' slow. To tighten the cinch I took up an inch And Buck was ready to go.
25844 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 108 Charles W. Bell After the Gather Each cowboy was settin' his mount and watchin' the count At the end of the gather that day. All four gave a sigh as the cows straggled by,
25845 At Home On The Range Charles W. Bell FC 11 B-71 109 Charles W. Bell Dry Pasture Well, today's another day in the hot summer sun. I gotta fetch them cows, and it ain't much fun. It's down the hill, across the road ever doggone day.