Link to Utah USU Special Collection home page

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.


Search:

Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26778 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 100 E.W. "Roy" Miller Tag Soup! I heard this guy complainin' it even was in church! 'Bout how the way these Black Hills Bucks left him in a lurch! How they were smart and cunning, swallow, fellowship, invest, cake, lucky, beef
26780 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 101 E.W. "Roy" Miller Liberation Celebration With One Hundred Years of progress, in this great State of ours; We celebrate The Centennial, with "Yahews! Cheers and Flowers". The Wagon Train and Teamsters, past, town, journy, cushion, complain, impatient
26781 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 106 E.W. "Roy" Miller Massive Massage One winter Charlie rode each day, a'lookin; after stock; He was grainin' way too heavy, "Snort" was harder than a rock! Then one day Charlie stepped astride, suit, birthday, naked, fire, glow, snow
26782 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 107 E.W. "Roy" Miller Growing Pains! I sat in a barber shop, cuttin' my hair; Listening to small talk, and a hunter was there. He'd just shot a buck, with a pretty nice rack; truck, luck, whale, lesson, pool
26783 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 108 E.W. "Roy" Miller Hey, "Money Bags" Here I Am!! I read where this chick won 20 Grand. That's a heck of a lot of dough! It's just been in the last few months, thought she'd take me to Mexico! I put my John Henry into the box, border, trip, charm, kitten purr, shapely, love
26784 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 109 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Talk With God "What have you done with your life"? He asked me? "Have you used the talents I have given to thee"? I looked to the Heavens, and I thought for awhile; "Well, I think I have", joy, fears, heart, shame, love, livestock, portray
26785 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 110 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Good Feelin'! I'd been ridin' for several hours; Through country that's mighty rough! It sure wasn't easy on "Cougar"; In fact it was down right tough! We happened to be in high country; rocky ridge, lunch, beauty, heaven, bless, forgiveness
26786 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 111 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You, Thank You, Jesus When I think of my Lord and Savior, who died up on the cross for me; He died there all alone, my sins did there atone, providing salvation full and free. blood, eternity, forgive, belief, cry, music
26787 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 112 E.W. "Roy" Miller Now, This Is Love! Sometimes I get to thinking of our lovely children, four; and seems with every passing day, we simply love them more, we wouldn't willfully give up any, grateful, vain, hearts, stream, lord, Jesus, endure
26788 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 113 E.W. "Roy" Miller Thank You, Father! Thank You, Dear Father, for your goodness today! For countless blessings, we enjoy on our way! For daily forgiveness, burden, road, sin, love, promise, life, salvation
26789 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 114 E.W. "Roy" Miller Slow Me Down, Lord Lord, You know that I get busy, we don't talk quite like we should; I don't come to you in earnest, like I'm sure you wish I would. true, forever, mountains, flowers, smell, forgive
26790 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 115 E.W. "Roy" Miller God's Plan For Man Christmas is the time of year we celebrate Christ's birth; But somehow in this age and time, it's meaning's lost it's worth! Exchanging gifts has come to be santa, parties, gift, crude, pillow, vain
26791 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 116 E.W. "Roy" Miller Remind Us, Lord In the hustle and bustle of this busy world, we get caught up with the rest; To hurry and scurry here or there, we seem to "keep up with the best". So remind us Lord, to set aside time, meal, attention, faithful, devotions, family
26792 More Hilarious Happenings and Other Cowboy Poetry FC 11 M-63 117 E.W. "Roy" Miller Promise Keepers '95! In the year of 1990 while drivin' down the road; God laid a burden on his heart and the seed indeed was sowed! Colorado University's football coach Bill Mc Cartney, nation, revelation, stadium, experience
26796 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 8 Betty Lynne Grue Bird Ropin' Buckaroo Back when I was at a tender age, just past three, the best of ropers I longed to be. So all around the old home place, the cats and dogs I gave sportin' chase. seldom, critter, hens, kitchen, chicken, feather, wisdom
26794 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 3 Betty Lynne Grue Frost On The Fork Handle It was a while ago I read, and I've begun to think it's true, It's not mountains thta wear you out but the grain of sand in your shoe. curse, windmill, kink, patience, pet, critter, pat, soul
26797 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 9 Betty Lynne Grue A Cowgirl's Dream He was tall, he was handsome, a good lookin' son-of-a-gun. When I first caught sight of him I knew he was the one. Thru dark eyes he met my gaze, dream, slack, partners, seasons, heart, mind
26798 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 10 Betty Lynne Grue On Heeling Calves At Brandings When it comes to snarin' dodgin' hooves I've roped along side of some real top hands, and I have studied their many moves, form their swing to dallyin' their strands. ring, string, caught, roper, untangled
26799 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 11 Betty Lynne Grue Rain On The Tent Fly While out in the middle of the ranch's summer range, we caught some rainy weather with no promise of any change. cook, slopes, wagon, crick, horse, wet, fly
26800 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 12 Betty Lynne Grue Silver Bits your driftin', your hidin' your buckaroo pride keeps a woman from ridin' close by your side you say you don't need her and you call it quits rich, silver, shadow, hero, tender, twilight, friend
26801 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 14 Betty Lynne Grue She's Not Gettin' On 'Em Anymore After years facing all breeds of weather her face appears carved of leather, and her hair is bleached and gray, but she can recall a younger day. king, strong, memory, free, life, thankful
26802 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 15 Betty Lynne Grue A Bit Jinglin' Walk As I rode out across the prairie in a good ol' head bobbin,' bit jinglin' walk, the miles slipped by beneath my cowpony. Almost as if that bit could talk, a lively little tune it played, stock, shades, April, gold, critter, Spring
26803 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 16 Betty Lynne Grue To Be A Lady Now I've always tried to be a lady, watched my mouth and kept my hocks in line lest anyone think of me as shady. Then I saw a lady fine pictured ina magazine, crowbait, cattle, trouble, ptiently, mold, humility
26804 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 18 Betty Lynne Grue Walking In A Winter Wonderland Across a wintery world of white with snowflakes siftin' down and daylight driftin' into night, my truck goes flouncin' on frozen ground. misfortune, vain, frozen, page, hole
26805 Frost On The Fork Handle and Other Selected Verse FC 11 G-25, 2 copies 19 Betty Lynne Grue Grouse, A Limerick Riding a spooky, young colt, I'd bet the bronco will bolt when grouse in a flush spray out of the brush, hatching a bone jarring jolt! spookyl, hatching, bolt, brush