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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
2752 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 27 Chet Dawson All in a Day's Work We're out one time on a wild cow hunt. wild cow, work
2753 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 28 Chet Dawson It Wasn't Cricket We had an Englishman one time. Englishman, tenderfoot, Bitter Root, tease, greenhorn, initiation, gun fire
2754 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 29 Chet Dawson The Cow Hoss I've seen the pampered darlin's. cow pony, horse, usefulness
2755 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 30 Chet Dawson Joe Bell He came from Texas, up the trail. stranger, friendship, name, reputation
2756 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 31 Chet Dawson The Coyote The buffalo an' antelope. wildlife, destruction, nature, coyote, wily, longevity, man, age
2757 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 32 Chet Dawson Letter to a Friend Dear Brad I hear you've had them doctor fellers guessin'. doctor, profession, medicine, antibiotics, health, veterinarian
2758 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 33 Chet Dawson Curly's Last Ride Curly was a rider. girlfriend, bronc busting, widow maker, death, headstone
2759 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 34 Chet Dawson Naughty Gal It happened one time at a rodeo. bronc busting, bronco, rodeo
2760 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 35 Chet Dawson A Kindly Deed A bunch of cow hands were painting the town. dinner, restaurant, steak, meat, beef
2761 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 36 Chet Dawson The First Bronc Rider When Homo genus learned to walk. feet, walking, riding, bronc rider, travel, transportation
2762 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 38 Chet Dawson Boot Hill Here lie the sons of the Golden West. boot hill, grave, headstone, death
2763 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 38 Chet Dawson Poker Life seems a heap like poker. life, poker, gambling, luck, philosophy, game
2764 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 39 Chet Dawson The Passin' of a Tenderfoot There came a tenderfoot one time. greenhorn, poker, gambling, ace, cheat, joke, tease, prank, trick, heart failure
2765 A Cowboy's Forty Years of Gathering FC 11 D-03 40 Chet Dawson Gringo Vaquero Returns In this old rose covered garden. garden, flowers, rose, love lost, memories, secret, Mexico, Corazon
2766 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 3 William "Bill" Doramus Did You Have a Nice Day? Hi Honey, did you have a nice day? work, occupation, mishaps, calamity, accident
2767 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 5 William "Bill" Doramus Day Workin' The screen hits you in the back. chores, work, occupation
2768 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 7 William "Bill" Doramus Cowboy's Wife Songs have been written. wife, spouse, gratitude, work, mother, devotion, sacrifice
2769 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 9 William "Bill" Doramus Today's the Day We brought `em in last week. horse training, breaking horses
2770 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 17 William "Bill" Doramus Jack Pot Ropin' Yore all saddled up and ready to go. rodeo, pot roping, event, competition
2771 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 15 William "Bill" Doramus Bill or the Colt We gathered `em in on this day with the sun hangin' high. horse, bronc riding, throwed, truck
2772 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 13 William "Bill" Doramus Hey Kids Hey kids, did you get yore chores done? work, play, memories, youth, children, father, son
2773 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 11 William "Bill" Doramus Workin' For Board Shake the dust off your chinks and hang `em on the peg. supper, Western Horseman, magazine, day's end, work, board and room
2774 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 19 William "Bill" Doramus Dream an Old Dream One rodeo a year. rodeo, marriage, family, responsibility, hometown, wife, bucking
2775 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 21 William "Bill" Doramus Down Fence I've seen some things. land, beauty, fences, snow, job, work
2776 Our Way of Life FC 11 D-04 23 William "Bill" Doramus Lookin' For Rain Bud Jones called today. drought, survival, water, loss, selling out