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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
26698 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 68 John C. Dofflemyer A Cowboy Heaven A cowboy heaven has no bounds nor fences to repair, nor sacred scent thet surrounds the cool and crystal air. There's meadow grass thet's cut with criks critters, rain, teases, Pearly Gates, angel
26699 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 69 John C. Dofflemyer A Musin' A man may wrestle within the minds of men and he may search his own for love thet's lost, but saddle'd-up he squints into the wind again and ready for some ground lies, forever, stranger, disarm, cold, eggs
26700 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 70 John C. Dofflemyer Better Placed The peck'rwood rots on redwood rails sunk deep thet can't corral the wild thet's left or dead, the roof has shed her worst, collapsed to keep a spot for somethin' small to make a bed. reclaims, pride, erased, spirit, U.S. Cattlemen
26701 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 70 John C. Dofflemyer Passin' The Cup Beneath the crust thet comes with circumstance there runs a stream of undercurrents pure thet's stepped in time with her unbridled dance but never held her fast true, sooth, wrestle, demand, smoke
26702 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 71 John C. Dofflemyer Each New Shadow A shepherd has no chance of choice nor cowboys change of heart and hear the only human voice within where herds depart. It speaks of senses thet survive, innocent, randomly, gunsels, movement, perpetuates, deliberates
26703 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 72 John C. Dofflemyer Part Sonnet And where shall men that ride find room alone but in an urn of ash turned upside down unless they find some peace in progress grown and learn to live in part, equally, greatness, fingertips, persevere
26704 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 72 John C. Dofflemyer Motherhood Motherhood behooves by the same degree as in the beasts less burdened by the word and here domestic worlds and wild agree: the good instincts survive money, restrained, breed, balance, rechnocracy
26705 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 73 John C. Dofflemyer Love Affair And it may be a love affair where the cowboy heart is true and he may find religion there despite everything' you do and she may stroke the wild in him waste, heart, truth, dead, gone
26706 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 74 John C. Dofflemyer My Eye I find my eye does stray to parts unknown, a reflex borne of youthful innocence; Independent of how my wisdom's grown, I'd pluck it out, but comfortable, gaze, finance, hire, lessons, vision
26707 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 74 John C. Dofflemyer Bottlenecks You curse the man who lips the bottlenecks and fades to ramblin' tales thet pass you bye, who limbered from his tongue, forgets the wrecks from well-worn cowboy weak, small, sober, outstanding, critter, fool
26708 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 75 John C. Dofflemyer Whoa There, Son I fear I pack a cowboy's heart thet beats alone in love with pain, whoa there, son; we are not apart. He moves so free with Nat'ral art to spots, wildness, smart, heart, unfolds, clouds
26709 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 76 John C. Dofflemyer A Fishin' Hole There is a fishin' hole thet time's disguised where boys and simple tackle found success, where old men might discuss in tales comprised sacrifice, price, persist, whale, vision, reflection, lures, John E. Grant
26710 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 78 John C. Dofflemyer Damnin' A Dry Crik It hangs in drizzlin' grey, not fog or cloud, absorbin' sound as birds and beasts retreat and warm for winter's storm, this drought's allowed with tiny tastes undress, real estate, corps, flood, storm
26711 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 78 John C. Dofflemyer Edison For he thet has but stars and fire for light and moves by muscle live where few men go, finds reason with each day of some delight and confort emotion, spills, duty, ignorance, pride
26712 Muses Of The Ranges FC 11 D-28 79 John C. Dofflemyer "Being" There is this business of "being" where we've been and haven't been caught, when the past is part of the freein' and the present is simply wrought. Daniel Pearse, reversed, cursed, dead, mircles, choice
26713 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 3 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You Dear Friends Listen up and I'll ask you a question: have you heard of the word called Friend? It's a person who's there when you need them it's their hands and their heart that they lend! firemen, 911, compensate, slave, comfort, support
26718 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 10 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Temporary Brand Have you ever had a nylon, break and hit you in the back? It comes back at you 90 per, you can't outrun that whack! I had that happen twice to me, steer, fable, rope, stupid, miss, feedlots, fun
26715 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 5 E.W. "Roy" Miller Praise The Lord The pages that follow, you'll find in this book were sooty and soaked and burnt; But for the kind act of a Fireman, they could have been left, but weren't. replace, destroy, grateful, religious, tired
26716 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 6 E.W. "Roy" Miller God's Good Timing In God's good time events will take place, beyond what man comprehends; But he'll have a purpose we won't understand, in a tragic event that he sends. funeral, purpose, Heaven, Christ, thankful, angry, business
26717 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 8 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Winter "Willies" You're a long ways from camp, it'll be mighty late, when you finally et in, in a sad, sorry state; You have miles to go, in a long steady trot, summer, greet, freeze, dream, wish, snow, skate
26719 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 11 E.W. "Roy" Miller Reconsider So you want to be a real cowboy? Heard all you had to do; Was ride and rope and fight every dope, and the girls would come runnin' to you! fame, fortune, pains, meal, post, song, dream
26720 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 14 E.W. "Roy" Miller Embarrassment I teamed up with a friend of mine, at a ropein' one spring day; I hadn't roped all winter, and I think this was in May. I was "rusty" as could be, fees, beer, cost, show, mistaks, arena, indoor
26721 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 16 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Miracle Of Moisture Now, I can remember, one year in September; The weather was hotter than Hell. and I said to my brother, 'twas one or the other, "It's a year of extremes, creep, snow, smart, weed, fat, boat, flood
26722 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 17 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Retiring Rancher He walks down to the saddle shed, and corrals that stand nearby; In the evening of this Ranchers life, breathes deep, and then a sigh; pardner-wife, replacement, horses, energy, team, dream, concerned
26723 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 20 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Bad Buy Now, I'll tell you a story, and it's rather "gorey", and, yes, the story is true! It tells of a life, hard times and strife; And now, I'll tell it to you! Well, it seems as though, rock, shipment, stock, kill, stable, losers, sorry, bulk