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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
2902 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 23 Jim Jennings Smokey Guess I've always sorta like you. horse, break, mountain lion, mustang, stirrup, foot, buckskin
2903 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 25 Jim Jennings When He Played On His Old Guitar Let me tell you about a boy I knew. guitar, music, branding, show, New York, radio program
2904 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 27 Jim Jennings When the Sun Goes Down When the sun goes down out in the West. love lost, wife, lover, child, home, family, mother, father, husband, death, son
2905 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 29 Jim Jennings Backer in His Eye I was working on the Ladder. ranch, work, New Mexico, cattle, New York, car, dude, shoot, mountain lion, chewing tobacco, chew, hunting, spit in eye, cat, fifty dollars, bet
2906 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 33 Jim Jennings My Lost Pal She taught school on the Western plains. love lost, wife, woman, death, sadness, loss, longing, roaming, running away, west, teacher
2907 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 35 Jim Jennings Braggin' You've read so many stories. bragging, hunter, gun, exaggeration, fish, fishing, tall tale, youth
2908 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 37 Jim Jennings Little Cowboy Today little Jim rode with me over trails. son, father, mother, family, sadness, death, love, child, trail, love lost, memories
2909 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 39 Jim Jennings Old Three Toes An old coyote sat on a hill. coyote, wildlife, howl, traps, New house trap, trapper, track
2910 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 41 Jim Jennings Sunset Dreams `Member how we used to sit here. love lost, wife, lonely, lonesome, longing, alone
2911 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 42 Jim Jennings Playin' Cupid In a group that I was guidin'. Tetons, girl, female, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tour guide, love lost, lover's quarrel, honeymoon, child, naming, couple
2912 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 44 Jim Jennings Miss You I miss you dear from day to day. love lost, longing, wife, missing, death
2913 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 45 Jim Jennings Little Jim's Wish I wish to gosh I had a pony. Shetland pony, child, boy, boyhood, letter, father, dad
2914 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 47 Jim Jennings Ice Cream We were camped upon the Rosebud. dip, shindig, dance, party, piano, food, eating, ice cream freezer, theft
2915 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 49 Jim Jennings Doc and Me Doc is old and wise in the ways. doctor, aging, memories, youth, physician, broken bones, hospital, health, ailment, sickness
2916 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 51 Jim Jennings My Nurse Don't look down at me with those eyes. memories, smiles, eyes, happiness, past, voice, speak, fate hospital
2917 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 52 Jim Jennings Lies Were you ever runnin' horses. needle, shot, hospital, nurse, medication, pain, hurt
2918 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 53 Jim Jennings My Waterloo I've ridden broncs from here to there. hospital, bed pan, bedpan, nurse, demonstration
2919 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 55 Jim Jennings My Pals I was layin' here day dreamin'. boots, hospital bed, lying, convalescing, friends, trick, joke, powder, visitors, nurse, gossip, talk, visiting
2920 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 58 Jim Jennings The Xmas Card `Twas Xmas eve and the lights were bright. hospital, friends, Christmas card, mail, boss, K Bar L, birch bark, birch bark, spruce twig
2921 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 59 Jim Jennings Goin' Home Well, I'm settled on the cushions. going home, tuberculosis, sanitarium, TB, hospital
2922 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 61 Jim Jennings Loco I'd been punchin' cows on the X Bar B. dude ranch, dude wrangler, advertisement, locoweed, locoweed, east, west, easterner, female, woman
2923 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 63 Jim Jennings The Flying U Back home again on the Flying U. home, wildlife, dreams, memories, past, boyhood, youth, flowers, love lost
2924 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 65 Jim Jennings My Old Blucher Boots Your vamps are in pieces, your soles they are worn. boots, feet, shoes, gear, footwear
2925 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 67 Jim Jennings Somebody Knows Somebody knows you're a wonderful gal. love, female, male, girlfriend, boyfriend, relationship, longing
2926 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 68 Jim Jennings Lion Huntin' We had packed in from the Flathead. hunting, cat, mountain lion, flashlight, howl, growl