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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
2577 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 23 Austin Corcoran Romance of a Cowboy You told me you loved me. love, love betrayed, lying, lie
2578 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 24 Austin Corcoran Heritage Eve can boast, more so than most. Eve, women
2579 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 24 Austin Corcoran Ridin' Legs It's a matter of record and also statistics. bowed legs, male, female, bowlegged
2580 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 25 Austin Corcoran The Man by the Side of the Road I came one day to the end of the road. charity, Bible, help, cheer
2581 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 26 Austin Corcoran Alone The sun was just awaking. sadness, grief, love lost, loneliness
2582 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 27 Austin Corcoran Just Something It isn't the set of the saddle. hat
2583 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 28 Austin Corcoran You and the Old Violin We've missed you a lot, dear Daddy. father, child, violin, memories, dad
2584 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 30 Austin Corcoran The Lonely Room The big, bare walls of this lonely room. painting, picture
2585 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 30 Austin Corcoran Our Fellow Man Another year has passed us by. time, fellow man
2586 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 31 Austin Corcoran To Charles M. Russell, Cowboy Artist Send me a bit of the sky light, Russ. Charlie Russell, Charles M. Russell, art, painting
2587 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 32 Austin Corcoran The Weather Man It's raining like hell out of doors. rain, weather, weatherman
2588 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 33 Austin Corcoran War Paint This morning when the `larm went off. clothing
2589 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 34 Austin Corcoran Song of the Pills There are pills that make you happy. pills, medications
2590 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 35 Austin Corcoran Come and Get It The rain spatters hard on the sagebrush. rain, storm, chuck, grub, food, foodways
2591 Hidden Trails FC 11 C-21 36 Austin Corcoran Adios! When the last old long-horned cow is shipped. goodbye, longhorn
2592 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 5 Bob Christensen Rancher's Revenge We'd worked all day a-branding calves. beef, government, bureaucrat, Washington, D.C., humor
2593 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 9 Bob Christensen Salesman's Relief For half my life I've traveled. feed salesman, McDonald's, restroom, bathroom, toilet, pumpkin pie, humor
2594 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 13 Bob Christensen A Long Dry Winter The Wagon Train ground to a stop. wagon train, turnips, winter, beer, humor
2595 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 17 Bob Christensen The Square Dance They took me to a square dance. square dance, fat gal, sweat, compliment, humor
2596 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 20 Bob Christensen Pardners Two buckaroos, real pardners true. mountain lion, stray, chase, humor
2597 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 51 Bob Christensen Cowboy In Paradise This old boy from Oklahoma. Hawaii, beach, swimming suit, potato, humor
2598 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 48 Bob Christensen The Helpmate "I've always stood right by his side." marriage, wife, hard times, humor
2599 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 45 Bob Christensen Reach Out and Touch Somebody I once heard of a couple. parson, parish, telephone, humor
2600 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 41 Bob Christensen The Experts from the East Now here's an ethnic story. outfitter, backpacking, grizzly bear, Czech, humor
2601 A Feedbag of Cowboy Poetry FC 11 C-22 38 Bob Christensen The Bachelor Gal We'd been out selling in Montana. Montana, cattle feed, selling, inheritance, humor