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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
26325 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 116 Ruth Whitman September 7, 1846 Across the white plain of salt I see an army of wagons teams dogs children passing near the horizon and company, woman, skirt, traveling
26331 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 124 Curley Fletcher The Cowboy's Soliloquy I've ridden afar on the trails of life; And whether I've been right er wrong in saddlin' the pleasure, ropin' the strife- knowledge, college, afraid, grade
26328 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 118 S. Omar Barker Thirsty Cowboy There's a sayin' out West, and it's true, I'll allow, that a man who can't drink from the track of a cow ain't much of a cowboy; well, stinks, homesteader
26329 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 120 Red Steagall The Memories in Grandmother's Trunk They came in a wagon from St. Jo, Missouri. Grandmother was seven years old. camp, dream, moon, car, wagon
26330 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 123 S. Omar Barker Cowboy Ridin' I've rode where it's wet, I've rode where it's dry, I've rode the low country and also high. headache, dance, pitch, gear
26332 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 124 Wally McRae The Coyote If you get back off the interstates and away from urban trends, You'll find a coyote doesn't have a multitude of friends tribute, varmints, ledger
26333 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 125 Curley Fletcher The Pot Wrassler How are you there cowboy, I hope you are well, Jest light from your saddle and rest fer a spell. Here are the makin's, wagon, jean, truck, galoots
26334 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 126 Rod Miller Morning Glory Stars punch holes in the dark and the moon curls on the sky like a hoof paring from a soft-footed horse impatient, work, shoes clang
26335 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 127 Peggy Godfrey David Bag of rags I hate sheep he says as he scoops up a newborn in one hand holds the goofy ewe down with a firm knee lamb, smile, shy, hate
26336 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 128 S. Omar Barker Hangin' They had a code on the old frontier, and most old-timers heeded it. They never did hang a man, I hear, Unless they thought he needed it. canyon, stray, code, frontier
26337 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 129 S. Omar Barker One or the Other The man who brags that he never got throwed ain't one we much admire. He's either, as cowpokes long have knowed, tenderfoot, liar, canyon
26338 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 131 Peggy Godfrey Night Shift Into camper quarters where I will spend the night I carry my thermos and snacks turn on the heater and lights. coyote, oats, moon, stars
26339 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 132 S. Omar Barker Mustang Manners If you say that a cowboy got throwed off his bronc, You sure ain't no range diplomat. It's much more polite if you merely remark hat, dog, polite, hat
26340 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 133 Linda Hasselstrom Digging Potatoes We divided it all, but my grandmother's shoes wouldn't fit anyone but me. She'd walked years to the old stove with firewood, dry, view, flowers, holes
26341 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 133 Linda Hasselstrom Uncle He sips coffee thick hands wraped around the cup. "This generation ain't got no corner on violence." Harold Hasselstrom, sunburned, bills, quitter
26342 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 134 Chris Isaacs The Little White Lie I pulled in one day at the sale barn and saw the horseshoer's truck in the yard. So I pulled on over to vist, drummer, duty, pistol, rookie
26343 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 136 Laurie Wagner Buyer Ode to an Old Cow Horse Touchier than a range colt, old hoss, you ain't never yet been sacked out good. All strung out on nerves with city folks stubborn, sugar, mule, snow, drink
26344 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 137 Linda Hasselstrom Homesteading in Dakota It was a typical prairie homestead: a hundred sixty dusty acres with not one tree. Mr. Fisher put up a soddy for his wife, five kids, barn, garden, buffalo, trail
26345 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 138 S. Omar Barker Pants Polisher They asked me "What's a saddle?" So I told 'em it's a kack, a rig of wood nd leather shaped to fit a horse's back. history, steam, applehorn, pants
26346 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 140 Sandy Seaton Sallee Code of the West Ella Liddy Watson stood pround at six foot two sparkling eyes and willing smile for all she loved to do divorce, family, resentment, fate
26347 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 142 Jo Lynne Kirkwood A Cowboy Season In March, when the calves started comin' the ground was still covered in snow. That night twenty gave birth frozen, powder, moonlight, ghost
26348 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 146 Wendell Berry Her First Calf Her fate seizes her and brings her down. She is heavy with it. It wrings her. The great weight is heaved out of her. It eases. womb, world, hair, fish
26349 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 147 Linda Hasselstrom MacDuff: A Scot in the Country They call it retirement, but just marking boundaries is a bigjob: four bowls of water a day. I get up at six, cats, butcher, dog, T-bones
26350 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 150 Badger Clark A Cowboy's Prayer Oh Lord, I've never lived where churches grow; I love creation better as it stood that day you finished it so long ago and looked upon your work an' called it good. breeze, rain, prisoner, pardner
26351 Reflections of the West: Cowboy painters and poets C.J. Hadley FC 11 H-59 151 Elizabeth Ebert The Last Great Rabbit Hunt Back when we first were married we were short of cash, and so we decided we'd hunt rabbits, Just to make some extra dough. celebration, macho, hero, sissy, humor