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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
301 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 30 Baxter Black The Check is in the Mail - not a poem
302 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 32 Baxter Black Life Beyond Fortran There's a natural resentment. technology, computer, computers, screen, monitor, mistakes, power surges, human error, earthquakes
303 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 33 Baxter Black Nashville - not a poem
304 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 34 Baxter Black Public Signs - not a poem
305 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 35 Baxter Black Cattleman's Prayer - not a poem
306 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 36 Baxter Black One Good Dog - not a poem
307 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 38 Baxter Black The Gambler When the corn's all gone to tassel in the Colorado fall. cattle, calves, happiness, good luck, Texas calves, cattle prices, cattle market, thousand mile trip, good weather, bad weather, pens, straw, rain, puddles, mud, hog, gray and cloudy sky, cowboys, overtime, bad luck, tension, losing ten percent, April's future, May's future, optimism, spring, Colorado weather, Las Vegas, gambling
308 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 39 Baxter Black One More Year What's the story on that good ol' cow? bowlegged cowboy, sick cow, lump on the jaw, veterinarian, experience, knowledge, curing, bobbed tail, toothless cow, old cow, wounded cow, worthless cow, caring rancher, experienced rancher
309 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 40 Baxter Black Mercaphobia - no poem
310 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 41 Baxter Black Why Do the Trees All Lean in Wyoming? He said: "The wind never blows in Wyoming." dispute, argue, power of the wind, blow, windy place, cold, weather, freezing whiskers, train, boxcar, Rawlins, Denver, Rio Grande, Cheyenne, Lander, Casper, Worland, sheep shearing, windy tale, Sinclair, town being blown away by the wind, carry a stone, weight, Devil's Tower, eighty-five miles per hour, tall tales, freeze
311 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 112 Arthur Chapman Arroyo Al's Antediluvian Bronco I was out a-ridin 'fences, on the Freeze-Out Mountain Range. dinosaur, sleep, night
312 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 115 Arthur Chapman The Ballad of Prue Perkins Miss Prue Priscilla Perkins was a prim New England maid. woman, suitors, spinster
313 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 117 Arthur Chapman Prospecting Time It's time to pack the bacon and the flour and the beans. prospecting, gold, health
314 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 118 Arthur Chapman The Old Trapper Speaks You are clever, they're telling me, youngster. trapper, age, knowledge, salt
315 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 120 Arthur Chapman The Forester's Return I'm back on the job by the singing river. forestry, nature, aspen, open air
316 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 121 Arthur Chapman The Prospectors' Homing They're coming in across the hills -- the prospectors' brigade. prospector, gold, mining camp
317 Cactus Center Poems FC 11 C-06 123 Arthur Chapman The Water-Hole The buzzard floats above it, wings aslant. water, watering hole, buzzard, animals, thirst, death
318 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 1 Arthur Chapman Out Where the West Begins Out where the handclasp's a little stronger. friendliness, nature, beauty, bonds, home, friendship, prosperity, cheerfulness
319 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 3 Arthur Chapman The Changed Hills The hills on which the cattle grazed. tools, plow, transformation, orchards, battle-grounds, tough men, roundup, campfire
320 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 4 Arthur Chapman Arroyo Al on Wealth This game of git-rich-pronto seems. foolishness, dreams, Poker Bill McGuire, cheat, steal, card games, revenge, death, money, orphans' home, cards
321 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 5 Arthur Chapman Arroyo Al on Worry They'd make a rattlin' roundup, sure. trouble, worry, life, problems, Worry critter
322 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 6 Arthur Chapman The Dead Prospector The hills shall miss him -- while the pines. Man of Living Hopes, seasons, nature, spring, mountains, vain, gold, fall, hope
323 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 7 Arthur Chapman Moving Pictures in Cactus Center The culture game in Cactus has been boosted quite a spell. movie, motion pictures, palpitatin' West, Wild West, actor, wedding, sweetheart, cowboy, dislike, film
324 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 9 Arthur Chapman Christmas Shopping in Cactus Center Women's scarce in Cactus Center, and there ain't no bargain stores. rush, drug store, toilet set, teacher, auction, bidding, shooting, ammunition ,gift, argument, wounded, present, argue
325 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 11 Arthur Chapman The Cowboys and the Prospector The Two-Bar camp has entertained. guest, gold, search for gold, fortune, poor pay, greed, mistrust, doubt