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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26594 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 25 Bill Lowman Cowboy and The Vet Calvin' time was in full toutine, for spring had rolled around. That night as he done his regular check, to his dismay he found. A heifer was in need of help, but he calf was still alive yet. phone, hitch, absent mind, gun, embarrassed
26595 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 28 Bill Lowman The Meek Shall Inherit What's Left A coyote that had missed his breakfast, and dined light the previous day. While the rays bore down at 2:00 p.m. He strolled in search of prey. In the dog days part of summer, carnivores, surprise, price, fang, impacted
26596 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 29 Bill Lowman Midwest Living Magazine There I was, in splendid glory, I'd really come on the scene. On the cover of the June issue, nineteen nineties Midwest Living Magazine. It was right there on the Saks Newsstand, mall, baseball cards, housekeeping, banquet
26598 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 33 Bill Lowman Farmer Or Rancher Through the years it's been debated, this friendlysortat stalemate. Bout who's a farmer er who's a rancher, they aruge of their fate. It's impossible to sort em out, baseball cap, boots, hat, wheat, clincher, pride
26599 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 36 Bill Lowman Start Em All Winter had eased a little, but the nights were still twenty below. The ridges had bared some grazin', while the canyons were layered with snow. Folks had cases of cabin fever, buffet, reminisced, hospitable, pinochle
26600 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 38 Bill Lowman Injustice I was holdin' er to the right side of eighty, but the ground still rolled by slow. With a half an hour yet to get there, and still seventy five miles to go. When a pickup done barreled on by me, hell, pilot car, power, skyward, ticket, revenue
26601 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 39 Bill Lowman I Had A Dream - At Least I Thought It Was The other night I had a dream, er, at least I thought it was. But, it don't make sense this morning, for in my mind there's cobwebs an' fuzz. I was twistin' colts for my pay, Missouri, poetry, honor, hero, temper
26602 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 41 Bill Lowman "Just Try And Sell Something' Once" I took two bulls to Dickiinson, and maybe I forgot to tell. That one bull was for Reich to pick up, the other was mine to sell. That was for the Thursday sale, jail, stockmans, producer, veteran, market
26603 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 44 Bill Lowman Cowboys Good Deed Drivin' by I see my buddies, in the bar again tonight. I should oughta stop and help em, but two wrongs don't make a right. He always has too many, and gets plastered up real tight. noble, fright, dark glassess, booze, breakfast
26604 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 46 Bill Lowman Kid Stuff It was a special old barn, against a rock bluff, could pitch hay down hill, till it was full enough. After the first couple loads, the kids would resort, impulsive, breeze, dirty, laugh
26605 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 47 Bill Lowman Predictin' Winter After reaching middle age, comes the half that is the latter. Most o' them think they are, a weather prognosticator. With bountiful fruit all summer, all dried on the tree. cattle, philosophers, motion, cars, smile
26606 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 49 Bill Lowman Do Cows Eat Carrots? It started in October of ninety six, an' by the first was getting' plumb hard. Price on cake was through the roof, while snow piled deeper in the yard. The cold and wind never once faltered, programs, smart, broccoli, rabbit, calves
26607 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 51 Bill Lowman Hog Rally "I didn't realize you were into hogs." I nodded to Erv and politely smiled. "Ya, I've always had a flair for them, It goes back to when I was a child." We chatted there at the coffee shop, California, cowboy code, grain, producers, memories
26608 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 53 Bill Lowman The Ultimate Bull Twister The kids got us a dish for Christmas a couple years ago, now we watch CNN, sports center and every old rerun show. We're both cowboy raised and ranchin', interview, saint, dollar, gifty, clue
26609 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 56 Bill Lowman Is There A Day A Comin' Is there a day a comin', when computers will be obsolete. And info off the internet, will cling like cow dung on yer feet. That you can go from here to Ireland, housework, reproduction, earthquake, civilized pollution, occupation, health, wealth
26610 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 58 Bill Lowman The Christmas Rudolph's Nose Burnt Out On a bright and early Christmas mornin', in a cold and crispy sky. I was hummin' Jingle Bells while feedin' when something' caught my eye. Why it was Santa Claus - and his reindeer, presents, canyon, Rudolph's nose, snow, charcoal
26611 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 60 Bill Lowman The Cowpoke There's a breed on the loose, that sticks out like a sore thumb. They're strong willed, they're bull headed, and sometimes accused as intellectually dumb. But let me tell you my friends, survive, lifetime, outsmart, theme
26612 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 61 Bill Lowman "The Gates Of Hell - When Things Got Ugly' I was riden alone that September morn, tour'n high on Wanagans north rim. In search of a charolois bull I'd missed, chances of spottin' him was lookin' slim. Up here in the sinks and giant sage, slaughter, gumbo, fireman, death, knickers, disaster
26613 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 63 Bill Lowman Rodeo Vision Let me take you on a vision, before we start the show. Of the hands that came before us, before modern day rodeo. Names like Tescher, Tibbs, Gjermundson, Howard, Chase and Canutt. Harold Lowman, autograph, dead, Anchors Away, Bear Paw
26614 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 66 Bill Lowman Average Day I arose the other mornin' to what appeared an average day, but the Lord had burned his candle, in planning my disarray. Maybe twas just ah warnin', cured, snow, mental block, project, smart, pardon
26615 Spook-N The Wolf FC 11 L-44 68 Bill Lowman Willie's Ordeal Again, there sat ol Willie, Square in the middle of the yard. On his haunches he sat so collected, his eyes were defiant and hard. With a tail much longer than average, master, attack, lessons, respect, panic, cat
26616 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 1 John C. Dofflemyer Christmas In Exeter Swampers brought the gold harvest in damp December frog -- in field lugs stacked six-high on Grandad's flatbed '46 flat-head Ford spinning down Gary Soto, crystal, liquid fire, soldiers, sting
26617 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 3 John C. Dofflemyer Old Joe Suppose it were as simple as what Dad still quotes of Joe Chinowith " I knew a man once made lots of money tending his own business." young, Indian, iron, bureaucracy, Uncle Sam
26618 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 4 John C. Dofflemyer McClure's Grocery saturdays I rode with the payroll checks on the thick seat of Dad's red '53 international, from Naranjo to the Ward Ranch then , jail, pop bottles, shoebox, candy, staples
26622 Cattails & Other Poems FC 11 D-27 9 John C. Dofflemyer Cattails Bobcat, bored with squirrel meat & Valley Quail, watched Great Bear snag Salmon in the cobbled rapids below taste, hunt, fish, investigate, cutbank