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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
26724 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 21 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Fantastic Trip Our kids live in Hawaii, so we went to visit them there; We flew to San Francisco, into California air. Then on to the Island of Oahu, famous, vacation, experiences, rent, automobile, rodeo, guilt
26725 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 24 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ridin' Colts Now, any good cowboy that's made a hand, I'm sure's had some colts to ride. Maybe he's ridin' him in a corral. Or a snubbin' horse at his side. Like people, they are all different, skill, soft, slim, doubt, teach, quit, patience
26726 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 25 E.W. "Roy" Miller An Unforgetable Experience One day in my life I will never forget, It seems like yesterday, and yet, it happened many, many years ago; It's the "gospel truth", and I'll tell you so. camp, crash, dumb, drunken, wrong, caught, sailor, rude
26727 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 28 E.W. "Roy" Miller Uncouth Ruth Well, I'll tell you a tale, and say, without fail; I'll swear it's the Gospel truth! It's about a mule, and she ain't no fool, to everyone, known as Ruth! lucky, winner, beware, excited, dead
26728 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 29 E.W. "Roy" Miller Unsung Heroes I walked down the street, as people, I'd greet; Enroute to a hardware store, I'd replace some old, for the future, would hold, things I can't use anymore. disgrace, pot, force, dreams, invest, vacation, dead
26729 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 32 E.W. "Roy" Miller Our Family Reunion I'll tell you about a Caribbean Cruise, A family reunion, T'would be; So we flew down to Puerto Rico, on the "Carla Costa", set sea. We had a great time without inlaws, dance, bingo, night show, boats, tourist, sea
26730 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 33 E.W. "Roy" Miller "Johnny" and "Mary" I was drivin' thru some country, where I'd spent some years gone by; We were on a "fruitless" hunting trip, no matter what we'd try! and problems with my pick-up, fault, care, commitment, friend, heart, cripple
26731 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 34 E.W. "Roy" Miller "He" He signs his name with small letters, now, who in the world would do that? Admiration continually grows, with every encounter I'm at! It's not because he's the very best foul-ups, embarrass, baxter black, poet
26732 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 36 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Pace Of The "Race" One day I arose, and I felt like a rose; A real good start for a day! My breakfast, I made, and plans then were laid; So I better be on my way! I went down to feed, fears, breeze, doubt, trot
26733 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 37 E.W. "Roy" Miller Our Annual Elk Hunting - Family Affair Now, I'm not a professional packer takin' hunter's out each fall; 'cause I hate the snow and cold so bad that I could almost bawl! Oh, I'll do it for myself and shirk, wood, naturally, effots, early, hide, diamond
26734 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 40 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Knotty Mistake For twenty-four years, since '69, we've run a string of horses and every year we hire help that come and join the forces they gather them and brush them and chill, damage, harm, crack, goran, moan, dream
26735 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 41 E.W. "Roy" Miller Contentment Now I've done my share of travelin', Maybe more than fair share. To see other foreign countries, I really didn't care. Oh, there's definitely places, free, brave, sky, unfurled, surprise
26736 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 42 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Sure Way To Go Broke In the fifty's in Colorado, I'm ridin' a colt for the boss; he wasn't an ornery kind of colt, just a typical young spooky hoss. On this pony, I'm puttin' on miles, dirt, gate, fawn, dollar, train, dime
26737 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 44 E.W. "Roy" Miller Crime Prevention? Stiffer Penalties! Everyone is fed up with crime, there's violence everywhere! And we're barely slappin' their fingers, it's becomin' a real nightmare. judges, court, fees, sentence, imposed, lenient, gun, touch, criminal
26740 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 47 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Last Close Call Loose dogs have been a big problem, in the twenty-one years we've lived here; From neighbors of every direction, with exception of ew that are dear! regard, loyal, family, killer, curled, kitty kat
26739 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 46 E.W. "Roy" Miller Vegetarians?? In most parts of the country, they raise barely, wheat and rye; Oats and corn and sorgum, and now I'll tell you why! But then there's also other grains, heifers, tractor, bunks, bloat, cattle eat, lettuce, Arizona
26741 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 48 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Guy Down The Road Well, the day is over and it ain't been the best, But it also could have been worse; We fell thru our twelve year old 'grease rack", And I really sould never have cursed. heaven, pickup, dollars, help, friend, sky, smoke
26742 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 50 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ridin' Young Horses Now most cowboys know when you're ridin' a colt, there's things that will cause him to jump or to bolt. There's things that will cause that joker to buck; bill, care, luck,l kindness, bozal
26743 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 52 E.W. "Roy" Miller Summer Time Cowboy Now, I consider myself a Cowboy, though I don't own a cow; Oh, I've owned a few in my life time, but I haven't got any now. I've had enough to eat and milk, hills, cowman, money, winter, Hawaii, work
26744 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 54 E.W. "Roy" Miller Unconcern Can you picture a man with no friends and no kindfolk? Walkin' the highway, like a forlorn, lost pup! They drive right on by him, like he was a joke; haircut, torn, crave, scatter, soul, death, homeless, jobless
26745 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 56 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Father's Mistakes There's many a factor thats involved in raising a family; There's many decisions to be made, and should be honestly, every child is different, condemn, wrong, wife, forgiveness
26746 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 58 E.W. "Roy" Miller God Have Mercy While this country, we reside in, is the best one in the land; Many things of the negative, are seen at every hand. We know the U.S. still is great, and land of brave and free; cheaters, leaders, murder, wife
26747 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 59 E.W. "Roy" Miller Standish And His Trick Horse I'll tell you 'bout this feller, his name was Standish Smith; He had a Palamino paint, he always did tricks with. Goldie was the horse name, kiss, gorgeous, sunny, earned, reward
26748 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 60 E.W. "Roy" Miller Standish And The Preacher Man A Preacher went out calling, one nice, bright, sunny day; To try to raise some money, for some debts they had to pay! He stopped at his feller's place, survive, print, plenty, cheerfully, loan, seed
26749 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 61 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Waterbed One nice summer day, with my hard earned pay, to the city, my darlin' wife went! She walked down the mall floor, and came to this store warm, cold, guarantee, troubles, cozy, rosey