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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
27155 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 42-43 Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo! Git along little dogies! As I was walking one morning for pleasure, I spied a cowpuncher all riding alone.
27156 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 46 Scott Preston The New Migration They escape to the central Idaho Rockies 900 miles from the main office in downtown L.A. 140 miles from the nearest major airline 14 miles from the airport three-quarters of a mile up some narrow draw timbers, FedEx, security systems, trespasser
27157 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 47 Scott Preston Richfield In the cities the proles still dream of such wide open spaces a man might ultimately confront his true demons and evolve beyond them. These fantasies help keep the professional classes in line preservation, homestead, dream, heatless, mortgage, wrappers, support
27158 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 44, 46, 48 In the evening by the moonlight In de ebening by de moonlight when dis darkies work was over, we would gather round de fire till de hoe-cake it was done
27159 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 45 Kindness When all seems dark and dreary, and grief, your heart bows down
27160 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 48 Greg Keeler Breakfast At The New World Cafe Last night I dreamed I lost my cowboy hat in the ion storms of Neptune which is odd because I gave up my cowboy hat for a baseball cap years ago, and I'm not sure what an ion is. foothills, reverse, snow, blanket, hell, rightful
27161 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 45 Then and Now If I were a man, said the budding youth, a wondrous man I'd be
27162 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 47 That big rock candy mountain On a summer day in the month of May a burly bum came hiking, down a shady lane thru sugar cane.
27163 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 50 Greg Keeler Excerpts From New Improved Coyote The doctor put the tongue depressor in the coyote's mouth. "Say ahhh," siad the doctor. "Ahhh," said the coyote. A fly flew into the coyote's mouth "Ahhrrrgggg," said the coyote. "Don't worry," said the doctor. invitation, cow pie, flies, spring, screw
27164 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 49, 51 Henry Van Dyke America for me 'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down among famous palaces and ciities of renown,
27165 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 50, 52, 54 I'll take you home again Kathleen I'll take you home again, Kathleen, across the ocean wild and wide,
27166 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 51 Charles Potts Environmental Impact Statement Would it do the do-gooders any good to know that people in concentrations of more than a few hundred are an environmental disaster? revenge, scavenger, sin, billions, care
27167 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 51 M. A. Kidder What became of a lie First, somebody told it, then the room wouldn't hold it; so the busy tongue rolled it till they got it outside
27168 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 53, 55 When the leaves begin to turn When the leaves begin to turn, and the summer days have passed
27169 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 55 John F. Finn, Flushing My mother My mother she rocked and rocked me to sleep, while the stars in the heaven through a window did peep
27170 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 57 George L. McDermott, M.D. The cowboy's grave They laid him away beside the trail
27171 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 52 Sunny Hancock Ode To The Spotted Owl This old world is in a turmoil in most everybody's view. Seems like we all have different notions of the things we ought to do. From balancing the budget to the price of Foreign Aid cavegirl, wilderness, extinct, humankind, varmit
27172 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 58, 60, 62, 64 The band played on Matt Casey formed a social club that beat the town for style
27173 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 54 Tom Rush The Pro-Cow Poem The world has got its share of ills of that there is no doubt. There's water that's not fit to drink and trash that's strewn about. But lately there has been some folks cholesterol, fat, food, antelope, suffer, stinks, atmosphere
27174 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 59 The old prospector I've been in the canyon two months now, I've been in this canyon alone. To the tune of the 'Cowboy's Dream'
27175 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 61 Montana Cowboy I'm a wild and wool cowboy from the wild and wooly west,
27176 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 63 Bucking Broncho And I'll give a peck of silve fine to the one who can ride that hoss!
27177 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 65, 67, 69, 71 The hermit of shark tooth shoal Oh, the north country is a hard country.
27178 Dry Crik Review (Environmental Issue): Fall 1991 John C. Dofflemyer FC 11 D-20 56 Jim Shelton The Last Day Somewhere back toward the East stands the statue of Liberty. The Flame of Freedom in her right hand a beacon for all to see. Somewhere out west a cowboy favorite, environmentalism, principles, waste, claim, deceivers
27179 Famous Cowboy and Mountain Ballads FC 11 F-23 66, 68, 70, 72, Marguerite Marguerite, Marguerite, my star of hope