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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
27683 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 156 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. Some people think we need gun control, that's not the answer at all and until these people all wake up, America's bound to fail! What we need is stiffer penalties!
27684 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 158 E.W. "Roy" Miller Angels Henry And Mary Van Dyke - Thank You There are certain people throughout my life that have been just wonderful to me! They all have helped me in different ways in my life that was meant to be. I was foreman of a ranch in Arizona and back in the year of '59 mutual friends arranged a blind date and for a wife, I wanted her mine!
27685 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 161 E.W. "Roy" Miller To My Dear Wife, Mrs. Miller What a journey, what a journey! It' fifty years since we've been wed! And I didn't tell you every day, the words I really should have said! The words are, You're my everything!" Because you really, truly are! You're everything I ever hoped for, and you've exceeded that by far!
27686 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 162 E.W. "Roy" Miller My Friend There's a fella down the road a ways that I always go to see whenever I can spare the time or need some company. I've grown very fond of him, I love him like a brother. I don't know where else I would go; to me there is no other. and in the conversations almost every time,
27687 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 163 E.W. "Roy" Miller Blondina Zangger She's been referred to as "the little old Lady," but to Joyce and me, she's much more! Because I've known Blondina and Clint for about sixty-five years or maybe more! As a cowboy, I was very interested in Clint, this is how Blondina came to be so dear!
27688 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 165 E.W. "Roy" Miller Gold Discover Days Committee Members - 2010 What a wonderful experience to be the Grand Marshals! Being hauled around town and brought back again. In a horse-drawn wagon, it brought back old memories that we both had experienced way back then! But this time others were constantly busy
27689 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 166 E.W. "Roy" Miller Evening Thoughts As evening hours are nearing, and I watch the set of sun, I think of what's transpired, since the day had first begun. I ponder o'er decisions made, whether they were right or wrong, or if I was too busy, to pray or sing a song, Whether I gave credit, where credit was actually due, Or took the time to apologize, show consideration too.
27690 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 166 E.W. "Roy" Miller The Passing Of Time have you ever watched an hour glass, as the sand inside dropped down? And the lower part of this hour glass..soon had a heaping mound? The pile kept getting larger..while the one on top decreased; and finally, it all ran down, the flow completely ceased! This glass must then be turned around and the flow once more begins,
27691 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 167 E.W. "Roy" Miller A Grateful Man Lord, I'm just so grateful and I've told you many times, how I cherish all my blessings in my prayers and in my rhymes for all the years you gave me and the life I got to live, for my Christian parents teachings and so much they'd always give.
27692 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 168 E.W. "Roy" Miller I Care About You If you knew this day was your very last, and you have time to prepare 'fore you die, I'm sure you realize how lucky you are, if you don't, friend, I'll tell you why! Millions of people didn't have that chance to decide on their destiny, So I'm going to ask you a question, my Friend, where will you spend Eternity?
27693 75 Years! My Time In Rhyme FC 11 M-65 168 E.W. "Roy" Miller An Urgent Massage Our future is his plan-Jogn 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled, Ye believe in God, believe also in me, In my Father's house are many mansions; If it were not so, I would have told you.
27694 Lasca Frank Desprez FC 11 M-64 2 Mabel Major The Man Who Wrote "Lasca" prose
27695 Lasca Frank Desprez FC 11 M-64 13 Mabel Major The Correct Card: A Racing Lyric "Correct card, sir? Correct card, sir? What! You've seen my face before? Well, I dare say as how you have, sir; and so have many more; But they passes me by without a word - but perhaps it's just as well:
27696 Lasca Frank Desprez FC 11 M-64 18 Mabel Major Lasca It's all very well to write reviews, And carry umbrellas and keep dry shoes; And to say what everyone's saying here, And to wear what everyone else must wear; But tonight I'm sick of the whole affair,
27702 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 6 Greg Harwood A New Horse I was riding down the trail
27703 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 10 Greg Harwood RJ RJ jumped and shook his head horse riding, cowboy
27704 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 20 Greg Harwood The Bishop's Interview I shined my boots and combed my hair
27705 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 32 Greg Harwood A True Pioneer Cowboy His 88 years are starting to show
27706 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 40 Greg Harwood The Old Man He's a rough and tumble kind of guy
27707 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 46 Greg Harwood The Wife of a Buckaroo She's up at six
27708 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 52 Greg Harwood The Box Mr. Johnson died last night
27709 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 58 Greg Harwood Politics I was visitin' with my neighbor vote, helping, mule, toll bridge
27710 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 69 Greg Harwood Tales Never Told Recall the stories you enjoy Skylar Harwood, hard times, roller mill, abandoned
27711 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 72 Greg Harwood Grandma Burningham Grandma, can I have a cookie I asked Grandma, house, food, kitchen
27712 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 78 Greg Harwood Karen B. Harwood A long, long time ago pre-mortal life, angels, heaven, earthly battle