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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
2877 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 49 Rolf M. Flake Mormon Buckskin Without "Mormon Buckskin" we have our doubts. leather, wire, tape, repairs
2878 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 50 Rolf M. Flake Better Than a Snow bank Up on the Northern ranges. range, hay, feed, sagebrush, winter
2879 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 51 Rolf M. Flake Free? -- Don't You Believe It My boy was a wearin' a PCA cap the other day. rodeo, hat, cap, PCA, Federal Land Bank, bank, money, loan, debt
2880 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 52 Rolf M. Flake Cornered A few years ago some convicts were loose. outlaw, convict, mortgage, PCA, debt, loan, law
2881 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 53 Rolf M. Flake Good Weather I'm fed up to here with TV weathermen. weather, weatherman, television, rain, forecaster
2882 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 54 Rolf M. Flake The Forces of Nature Gravity holds the world together. gravity, gravy
2883 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 55 Rolf M. Flake Our House is Your House Good hospitality at its best. hospitality, west, food
2884 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 56 Rolf M. Flake Snow Bird I met a man the other day. Idaho, Arizona, snow, weather, shovel
2885 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 57 Rolf M. Flake Uptown-Cow town Well, some cow ranches these days have come right "uptown." road, signs, progress, growth
2886 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 58 Rolf M. Flake Poor People Have Poor Ways Well, I went to see the Banker. bank, banker, loan, debt, collateral, property, poverty
2887 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 59 Rolf M. Flake Get the Message Bumper stickers are the popular thing. bumper sticker, PCA, humor
2888 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 60 Rolf M. Flake What's Fair for One Ol' Hosteen Yazzie, a few years back. Navajo, bank, collateral, loan, money
2889 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 61 Rolf M. Flake Prime Mover or Did Ya See That Big Ranch That Moved Through Here...? Arizona has got more than its share. real estate, property, advertise, wind
2890 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 62 Rolf M. Flake Politics The story is told, and I'm sure that it's true. castrate, calf, bull, steer
2891 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 63 Rolf M. Flake Cow Buyers Cow buyers are a different bunch. buy cows, prices, market
2892 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 64 Rolf M. Flake Family Cows When my dad was a kid they milked Hereford cows. milking, cow, Herefords
2893 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 65 Rolf M. Flake Ride `Em Cowboy There ain't no horse that cannot be rode. fall, throwed, dependable
2894 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 66 Rolf M. Flake Corriente You ask me, "What's a corriente?" cattle, breed, rodeo, roping, steers
2895 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 67 Rolf M. Flake Truth in Advertising In this "enlightened" day we live in. nutrition, weight, health, levis, advertise
2896 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 68 Rolf M. Flake Where's the Beef? You hear lots of noise about "chicken" these days. chicken, food, meat, beef
2897 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 69 Rolf M. Flake To Eat or Not to Eat I was attendin' a Cattle Growers' Convention. beef, meat, food, market
2898 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 16 Jim Jennings Herdin' Moonlight on the prairie. cattle drive, herding
2899 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 17 Jim Jennings Bym and Jean Bym and Jean once spent a summer. Wyoming, range, riding, plains, children, girls, childhood, change, aging
2900 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 19 Jim Jennings Packin' Gather round me all you waddies. packing, mules, story, tale, Rockies, Rocky Mountains, packs, trail diamond hitch, rope
2901 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 21 Jim Jennings Trappin' There's a little strip of Bad Lands just across the Yellowstone. coyotes, coyote, trapper, trapping, hunt, west, tricks, tracks, tracking, footprints