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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.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26299 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 80 Linda Hussa In 1908 Billy McCluskey half-breed half-horse hired on with Miller and Lux at Soldier Meadows to break horses. He just stayed right there at the corrals. wild horses, range horses, work, alive
26300 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 82 Omar Khayyam A Quatrain A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, a Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread-and Thou beside me singing in the Wilderness- oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow! wine, bread, wilderness
26301 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 83 Henry Lawson Past Carin' Now up and down the sidling brown the great black crows are flyin' , and down below the spur, I know, another milker's dyin' , the crops have withered from the ground, death, trouble, neighbours, temper
26302 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 85 Katherine Fall Pettey Morning on the Desert Morning on the desert, and the wind is blowin' free, and it's our jest for the breathin' , so let's fill up, you an' me. smoke, broke, smell, sagebrush
26303 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 86 S. Omar Barker Longhorn They asked me "What's a longhorn?" Well, I didn't tell it scarey- just told' em "Whyn't you look it up in some good dictionary?" Texas, perfume, breed, blood
26306 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 88 Bill Jones Answered Prayers Jake, the rancher, went one day to fix a distant fence; The wind was cold and gusty and they clouds rolled gray and dense, heaven, god, beer, mug
26305 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 87 Wally McRae We Never Rode the Judiths We never rode the Judiths when we were gray-wolf wild. Never gathered Powder River, Palo Duro, or John Day. future, canyon, gold, star
26307 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 90 Badger Clark The Old Cow Man I rode across a valley range I hadn't seen for years. The trail was all so spoilt and strange It nearly fetched the tears. god, horn, real estate, tombstone, copper
26308 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 92 Robert W. Service My Madonna I haled me a woman from the street, shameless, but, oh, so fair! I bade her sit inthe model's seat and I painted her sitting there. breast, laugh, hair, fee, god
26309 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 93 Joel Nelson Shadow on the Cutbank History wrote his epitaph when barbed wire cut the range while he was but an embryo adjusting to the change horseback, traditions, mortal, dragons, deserts
26310 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 94 Johnny Ritch Shorty's Saloon By the trails to the Past, on the Plains of No Care, stood Shorty's saloon, but now it's not there, For Shorty moved camp and bar, bull trains, bold, dance, tragedy
26311 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 96 Paul Zarzyski Escorting Grammy to the Potluck Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed at Bowman's Corner-A Love Poem Lean Ray Krone bellers through a fat cumulus cloud of Rum-Soaked Wagonmaster Conestoga Stogie smoke he blows across the room, bar, greenhorn, saddle, Ethel Grammy Bean
26312 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 97 Paul Zarzyski One Sweet Evening Just This Year Sundown rolling up its softest nap of autumn light over the foothills, grass bales stacked two tiers above the '69 Ford cab, buckhorn, gunpowder, blossom, golden meadows
26313 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 99 Robert Fletcher Open Range Western land was made for those who like land wild and free, for cattle, deer, and buffalo, for antelope and me; god, sky, cactus, creeks, lakes
26314 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 100 James Barton Admas The Cowboy and the Wheel I kin take the toughest bronco in the wild an' woolly West; An' kin back him an' kin ride him, let him do his level best; freedom, monkey, skill, rancho, stars
26315 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 102 Larry McWhorter The Retirement of Ashtola When a day's work is done in the limits of town a man leaves his job at the site, then he meets with his friends ghost, fall, spring, eased, legend
26316 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 104 Larry McWhorter Peaches and the Twister Now Peaches had a knack for takin' things that wasn't Peaches'. But then hits thefts weren't for the loot the average outlaw reaches. law, buck, wolf, tactics
26317 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 106 Deanna Dickinson McCall Advice The corrals were full enough to bust, and we'd all had our share of dust. But, we'd got all the pairs in and the separating was about to begin. discriminate, fear, angry, life
26318 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 107 Patricia Frolander Married Into It She'll never last-too much city, don't know how he stands it. Imagine! she don't know a heifer from a Hereford. pies, garden, anniversary
26319 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 108 Darin Brookman Instinct What is it makes your old yard dog bay all night at the moon, in chorus with the wild coyote's archaic clannish tune? daylight, waves, honesty, impossible
26321 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 109 Rorodore Theofelt The Cowboy's Return Backward, turn backward, oh, Time with your wheels, aeroplanes, wagons and automobiles dress me once more soul, thunder, campfire, coffee
26326 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 117 Red Steagall Hats Off to the Cowboy The city folks think that it's over. The cowboy has outlived his time- an old worn-out relic, a thing of the past, freedom, trade, ethics, bond
26322 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 112 Jay Snider Tyrone and Tyree I've learned lots of lessons 'bout cowboyin' up 'cause I've been a cowboy since I was a pup and my dad taught me persuasion, nature, collars, trail
26323 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 113 Amy Hale Auker Writing My Way Through Sometimes I just want to be a girl, I don't want to be so tough...I want to turn and ride to the house, say, hey boys, I've had enough. cowgirl, lip gloss, beauty, money
26324 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 115 Peggy Godfrey Kinda Like Dancing There's more to building fence than hanging up a wire more to ranching in the West than money or desire. luck, stockman, livestock, nature, wealth