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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
27713 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 86 Greg Harwood The Storms of Life The storms of life seem to visit us all Brody, beating the odds, angel
27714 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 98 Greg Harwood Angels Among Us Most folk never get the chance
27715 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 100 Greg Harwood Dead Batteries Of all the things in the world to be Grandpa, grandkids
27716 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 104 Greg Harwood Wisdom Two bulls were standing on a hill stud bulls
27717 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 108 Greg Harwood Slim and Pete The cows were on the high range cow ranching, cowpoke, end of the day
27718 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 120 Greg Harwood Forty Dollar Horse I quickly looked up from my seat coffee shop, loud car
27719 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 124 Greg Harwood Livestock Evolution The miners needed beef to eat Texas Longhorn, westward immigration, livestock demand
27720 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 128 Greg Harwood Lady Luck She sat right there beside me Rodeo, poker, racing bets
27721 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 132 Greg Harwood First Love Remember in the olden days riding, traveling, love
27722 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 136 Greg Harwood Fall Roundup We saddle up at 5 am cowboy roundup, moving cows
27723 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 140 Greg Harwood Memories Hey old dog are you ready to go chores, bridle bit, saddle, dog, granddad
27724 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 146 Greg Harwood Our Own Herd Ole Jim and I were out of work wild cattle
27725 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 150 Greg Harwood No Better Friend There's tales about the fastest horses
27726 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 154 Greg Harwood Old Blue Dogs Lord I'm thankful for bein' a cowboy friend, cowboy work
27727 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 158 Greg Harwood Ridin For The Brand I stir at the fire and try to wake up trailing a cow, last gaurd
27728 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 162 Greg Harwood Stick Ponies It wasn't all that long ago family, growing up, play
27729 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 166 Greg Harwood Twas Just A Few Days Before Christmas Twas a few days before Christmas Christmas break, snack, presents
27730 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 172 Greg Harwood Jesus' Birthday It's time for Jesus' birthday again traditions, Christmas season, giving to others
27731 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 176 Greg Harwood Holiday Spirit (Not) I went Christmas shoppin'
27732 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 182 Greg Harwood What Do You Do? This one's for the kill pen the ring man said old horse
27733 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 190 Greg Harwood The Heart of a Cowboy I'll bet he thinks I'm crazy snow, gathering cows
27734 FC 11 H-61 198 Greg Harwood Post Holes I'd like to buy some post holes IFA, frence post holes
27735 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 204 Greg Harwood Greener Grass We calve in March when the weather's fair Calving, branding, studs
27736 Some Stuff I've Learnt And Other Stuff FC 11 H-61 208 Greg Harwood The Circle of Life I was in a public restroom laughing, flatulating, getting old
27737 roller mills