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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.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26750 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 64 E.W. "Roy" Miller Surprise! I wintered in Yuma, Arizona one year, as a matter of face it was two; It was in my latter teenage years, in '51 and '52! I went in a Western Store one day. Levis, fees, pride, please, unaware, embarrass, excuse
26751 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 65 E.W. "Roy" Miller Old Fashioned Charmin A group of jolly cowboys, a'layin' around at ease, were "hasin' over" small talk, and shootin' the ol' breeze; When the subject of the "biffy" hemorroids, poor, cheat, crush, corn, brown cob
26752 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 66 E.W. "Roy" Miller Hors D'oeuvres My aunt was pickin' apples, one day when I stopped by; "Go aheead and have one, they're good, give one a try"! I said, sun, bite, youthful, worm
26753 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 68 E.W. "Roy" Miller Keto Well, I bought me a dog, a registered one; Now, I didn't buy him, to have loads of fun! I wanted a watchdog, one that would bark; If somethin' was wrong, doubt, kill, chickens, owl, vain, frogs, weed
26754 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 70 E.W. "Roy" Miller Lost In Paradise I hunted deer one day this fall, with some Forest Service Guys, they knew this country like a book. The in's, the out's, the why's. Of course, me? I'm a stranger, track, hunters, exhaustion, coffee, lunch box
26755 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 72 E.W. "Roy" Miller Payin' Thru The Nose...Literally Now, I don't claim to be a hog man, although I've owned a few; And I've had some sad experiences I'll just relate to you. corn, grin, fresh water, breeder
26756 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 73 E.W. "Roy" Miller I Guess It Makes Sense Now, I've never had a problem with my weight in 60 years; Puttin' on some extra pounds was the last of all my fears. crime, cigarette, smoke, treat, fatter, belly
26757 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 74 E.W. "Roy" Miller Guess Who?!?!? I know of a Feller and he is the "Pits"; He writes for the "Digest", and uses his witts. Some of it's facts and ideal information; For the Rancher and Cowman as their occupation. statistics, news, clues, taper, strength, laughter, craziest
26758 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 76 E.W. "Roy" Miller Both In The Same Boat My wife keeps on reminding me, that my memory's fadin fast; The days she can trust me to do things, are not a thing of the past! She'd had to remind me to pick up feed, projects, disgusted, stove, clue, memories, peel, angry
26759 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 77 E.W. "Roy" Miller So Simple, It's Complicated My wife decides she needs a new car, so we travel from lot to lot; We look at the makes and the models, to see what these joker's have got. Myself, I am a pickup man, gas, screwdriver, cap, pump, surprise
26760 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 80 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ponderin" When you're out ridin' a long ways from camp; No one to talk to and you're chilly and damp. Your mind goes to driftin' and you think of the past; moon, night, light, old, pain, insane, dead, fun
26762 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 82 E.W. "Roy" Miller Good Intention's Now I've never, ever liked to shave, and do just now and then; Only when I have to, or sometimes maybe when. My wife will tell me, "It is time"!, Well, you don't argue then; razor, spray, doubt, sore, steam job, protect, blade, protect, detect, glasses
26763 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 84 E.W. "Roy" Miller Easy Money Now, I know there's been many a farmer; Who's received a government check for not raising certain crops; If well off or "up to his neck". So a guy down the road that I know of; hogs, stink, production, venture, greet, corn, care
26764 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 85 E.W. "Roy" Miller Coincidence I thought I'd take a journey, that would take me far away; To get away from the people I knew, I felt the U.S.A. and all was going well until, one day I chanced to see. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, money, cake, trip
26765 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 86 E.W. "Roy" Miller Fashions Of The Future Now, you know it ain't no secret. Mother Nature calls us all; Regardless of sex or age, the short, the fat, the tall! Now, all my life, I'd wander up, to a urinal hangin there; underwear, bikinis, strange, laundry, reason
26766 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 87 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Dog Many a poet has written 'bout dogs, some say are man's best friend; Their constant four legged pardner, who've been faithful to the end, It might be he's a cowdog, or one who's saved his life; fence, bark, cow, door, awake, poop, neighbors, carpet, garbage
26767 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 88 E.W. "Roy" Miller Prolonged Pain! I stopped at this farmer's place, 'cause my gas guage was on E; So I pulled off the Interstate, the first place I could see! They had some fall calves in the chute, sheep, steers, calves, agony, knife, fun
26768 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 89 E.W. "Roy" Miller No Charge The Boss told all the cowhands, "No long distance calls allowed"; No problem with all local calls, but none outside "this crowd". and so it was down thru the years, bill, home, helephone, lonesome, thrill
26769 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 90 E.W. "Roy" Miller Ugh!!!!! I walked into a restroom, in the Court House one spring day; To relieve a constant pressure, that I felt along the way! Then my thoughts just started driftin', corridor, flush, mission, kidding, home, roam
26770 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 92 E.W. "Roy" Miller Evolution??? These two old cowpokes sat and talked; the subject? Evolution, and neither one was smart enough; to have the right solution. One said, true, caves, confuse, monkey, survived, God
26771 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 93 E.W. "Roy" Miller Wonder Horses I went to a horse sale in Phoenix, and before the start of the sale; A feller came down from Utah, with a doubting whale of a tale! he claimed these two "snides" tailgate, talent, clown, walk, guarantee
26772 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 94 E.W. "Roy" Miller Two And Two Makes Four You know, I've got this cousin, and he's an awful lot like me; He can't do two things at a time, (Must run in the Family Tree)! We were loading bales on day, job, track, unload, sore, counts, extra
26774 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 96 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Hippy, A Yuppy, And A Flower Child We went on a trip for a week or two, and when we got home there was plenty to do; So we caught up on different jobs without fail; Of course, we opened up all of the mail. razor, scrape, smile, Flower Child, trend
26775 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 97 E.W. "Roy" Miller A New Approach! Now, I'm just a country boy, but to tell you, I will start; What I saw the other night, that I don't think too smart! I've heard of different fellers, kiss, secretly, beat, experiment, ticklish
26776 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 98 E.W. "Roy" Miller "Told Off" Now, you've heard of facial tissue, and heck yes, I have too! But I've always called it Kleenex, at least I usually do! But down there by the bunk house, tissue, shack, kleenex, grease, complexioned