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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
276 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 78 S. Omar Barker Lonesome Oh, there's someone I'll be missin', When the moon comes, mesa-kissin', Out o' twilight hills that tender way it knows. love lost, lover, girlfriend, riding range
277 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 79 S. Omar Barker The Sheep Beezness! "I'm tell j'you what, thees sheeps beezness," Thus spoke Borrego Joe, "Eettake wise feller like myself, For savvy make heem go!" thief, steal, ethnic
278 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 80 S. Omar Barker When Sunset Slim Rode Satan Oh, Sunset Slim he rides today, On sorrel Satan, so they say. girlfriend, marriage, jealousy, broncriding, bronco, bronc busting
279 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 81 S. Omar Barker The Anti-Globe Trotter They tell me there's sport on the sunny south sea, A-fishin' fer sharks, barracuda, Fer sand-dabs or whales, but its lure ain't fer me. cowcamp, remuda, cattle punching, range, tending cows
280 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 82 S. Omar Barker The Bad Hombre's One Virtue I guess there's many a kinder careless deed, I'm charged with on the Record Book -- Me with my cowboy blood unpedigreed, And never carin' how I look. afterlife, cowboy heaven, soreness, horse
281 Buckaroo Ballads FC 11 B-04 83 S. Omar Barker The Trail to Town The trail us punchers foller from the ranch into town, They say is uphill goin' in, while comin' back it's down. love, girlfriend, uphill, downhill, kiss
282 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 7 Baxter Black Inaugural Column - not a poem
283 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 8 Baxter Black Scrap Iron - not a poem
284 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 10 Baxter Black White Oaks Rodeo - not a poem
285 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 11 Baxter Black It's A Small World - not a poem
286 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 12 Baxter Black The New Hat Yesterday I went to buy myself a brand new hat. hat, clothing, brim, crown, lesson, learning, education, humor, selling, sales, modern times, Bailey, Bulldoggers, bulldogging
287 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 13 Baxter Black Jekyll & Hide Cattle Company He's kind to his wife when the market goes up. humor, Jekyll and Hyde, Jekyll and Hide, cattle market
288 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 14 Baxter Black Snappin' Bees - not a poem
289 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 16 Baxter Black Ecolastic Monetary Catability - not a poem
290 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 17 Baxter Black The Pore Chicken - not a poem
291 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 18 Baxter Black He was OK Yesterday...Then Bingo "Doc, I called you just as soon. Buck, Doctor Bell, garlic, mane, horse, Copenhagen, chewing tobacco, catfish bait, sickness, Larramycin, saurkraut, sourkraut, turpentine, folk remedies, medicine, treatment, folk remedy
292 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 20 Baxter Black That Good ol' Red Rock Salt It's May and I'm out packin' rock salt. humor, cows, cow lick, licking, salt block, work, occupational lore, occupation
293 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 21 Baxter Black Donatin': Rodeo Style There's a piece of little finger on a fence out in Cheyenne. Donating Rodeo Style, humor, body parts, skin, injuries, hurt, injury
294 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 22 Baxter Black Phobias - not a poem
295 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 23 Baxter Black Five Flat - not a poem
296 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 24 Baxter Black Wanted: Cowboy - not a poem
297 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 26 Baxter Black A Rider, A Roper and a Hell'uva Windmill Man Have you ever been out checkin' cows and makin' windmill rounds. snow, weather, wind, drifts, storm, sheared pin, water tank, ice, sucker rod, vane, water, pump, pumping
298 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 27 Baxter Black We Choose to be Here - not a poem
299 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 28 Baxter Black The Packer Buyer - not a poem
300 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 29 Baxter Black Eat American Lamb The sheepman's got a problem now. market, market value, price, back to nature advocates, polyester, saccharine, food stamps, credit cards, coyotes, mutton, Australia, BLM, B.L.M., Sierra Club, diplomats, politics, meat, forest service, lamb, canned meat, prices