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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26568 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 20 Jo Casteel The Youngster He hired on the crew, I think in '43, still wet behind the ears, just longin' to be free. He'd never done much ridin', nor ropin' while he growed, greenhorn, experience, wages, blossomed, thunder
26569 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 22 Jo Casteel Indian Attack! Been quite a few years since Viet Nam fears- out here Russia ain't really a threat, so it sticks in my craw and tightens my jaw, taxpayer, skies, wasteful, toilet
26570 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 24 Jo Casteel A Texas Cowboy My preconceived ole notion, 'bout Texas folk, ya know, that they're all big and braggin', and that "They're better" try to show. That Mexico's pathetic, heaven, sinned, fame, luxuries, pleasures, storms
26571 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 27 Jo Casteel Thoughts On The Mustache I ain't never kissed a mustache, for my cowboy's lip is clean, but I've always kinda wondered, 'bout the mustaches that I've seen. Does it tickle when yer kissin'? macho, trust, bothersome, soup
26572 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 28 Jo Casteel Grandpa, I'm Sure Lucky Grandpa, I'm sure sleepy-but will you sit right here with me? There's somethin' real special 'bout sittin' on yer knee. I guess I'm purty lucky, huh? pony, cookies, fishing, fresh hay
26573 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 30 Jo Casteel Grandmas Are Forever Grandma's in her eighties, and her hearin's gettin' bad, but Grandma's got that spirit, like some folks ain't never had. and Grandma she sure loves me, poor, family, faith, proud
26574 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 31 Jo Casteel Weanin' Time When they gathered us this mornin', I was confused and kind of scared. I tried to stay up by yer side, cuz I know you've said stay paired. Then those cowboys cut me off, vaccine, pain, sadness, missing
26575 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 33 Jo Casteel How To Talk More Southern I met a little Southern peach with eyes so big and brown. I met her at a rodeo in a little Georgia town. She had eyes that batted lashes fate, communicate, tar, tire, daints, cat
26576 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 36 Jo Casteel Marv And Mabel Folks, I have a little tale, 'bout a sheepherder I once knew, he was a dedicated feller, and he loved this certain ewe. Now this sheepherder traveled far, creature, ugly, pathetic, faithful, snot
26577 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 38 Jo Casteel Good Advice She came in off the pasture, lookin' mighty poor indeed, her bones were stickin' up, and slow was just her speed. Ol' Doc was there and eyed her, pathetic, money, improvement, medicine
26578 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 40 Jo Casteel Growin' Pains I'd been goin' to them socials, since I was knee-high to my Dad, but I'd never had to worry much, 'bout any feelin's that I'd had. But I s'pose like Dad had told me, boyhood, pride, whiskers, diamond
26579 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 42 Jo Casteel Mr. Clean? A cowboy ain't too fussy, 'bout the cleanliness of camp, so when ya hitch a cowboy to a woman, you've got the "Lady and the Tramp". For a man don't seem to bother, spotless, sweet, bath time, dirty, underwear
26580 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 43 Jo Casteel Just Dreamin' I'd like to get new curtains, and patch up those dinin' chairs, and maybe a new bedspread, with those ruffle dust affairs. And the plaster in the bedroom, paint, past, money, river land, dream
26583 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 6 Bill Lowman Second Cutting I was runnin' hard for the bull test sale, when I stopped for coffee in this little town. I sat at the end of the counter, checked my catalog, then looked around. To see a bunch of valley farmers, payment, government, lack of support, badlands, regret
26582 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 3 Bill Lowman Spookin' The Wolf We all three were down real bad with the flu, and takin' turns at the feedin' to do. Lusk, JoAnn and I the same, our strength was weak, a storm was raggin' from the Artic Gulf. Ford, tears, stab, mole, hole, blizzard, hell
26584 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 7 Bill Lowman Bad Winters - Good Spurge The argument for which winter was worst, will continue on to eternity. But the bottom line I hear by state, depends on your unchosen fraternity. The ol timers say none can compare, test, winter, canyons, Leafy Spurge
26585 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 9 Bill Lowman OMC35 My clover was in full bloom, as time neared to lay it down, I was hard pressed for a swather, so I looked from town to town. The prices were plumb crazy on anything decent to own, hell, steal, iron pile, power, gummer
26586 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 12 Bill Lowman Badlands Fire It wasn't all that big ah cloud, the way that I recall, but it bore the devil's license plate, n' he musta took ah fall, I figures the torch he carries, deer, rabbits, boil, survey, dark, spark
26587 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 13 Bill Lowman "Oh Gawn" Winter had broke, the ground was soft, Spring had taken the scene. Crocuses were poppin' through the earth, while the grass was turnin' green. The weather was good on that sad day, dignity, salute, gun, order, undertaker, respectful
26588 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 15 Bill Lowman Ma's Christmas Present He was runnin' late for the stockcow sale, when this object caught his eye. It was the prettiest he'd ever seen, Since he'd been on the spy. Its radiant beauty flowed, from her shoulders to the floor. poor, rich, mall, reflection, waist, manure, warm and soft, quest
26589 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 17 Bill Lowman The Victim He was workin' down the alley - steers in and heifers by, when a score of calves got by them - a dust cloud filled the sky. Earmarked in the direction of a project goin' sour, pride, frozen, camouflaged, witnesses, suspect, dead
26590 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 20 Bill Lowman Miss Rodeo Queen In this land of opportunity, in a world of much extreme. In the heart of every cowgirl, lives a little cowgirl's dream. That someday she will wear the crown, dignity, personnel skill, God, thrill, alone
26591 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 21 Bill Lowman Cowboys Tech He dropped it off a week ago, to have a few things done. Adjust the clutch en fix the brakes, and the timing to smooth out its run. and yeah, the steering too!! They'd failed to make it work, technology, dealer, flat, repair
26592 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 23 Bill Lowman How Come? We was on our way to Elko, Eatin' up the western sky. My buddy by the window there, T'was his first time to fly. He pttered with the gadgetry, and looked out the window some. motherhood, comprehension, crime, gears, pilots
26597 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 31 Bill Lowman Not A Clue "Hi, old friend - it's good to see you, as I haven't for some time. The life of leisure you must lead, it ought to be a crime." The old rancher gazed straight forward, over his coffee cup. bills, financial, pressure, banker