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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
3052 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 61 Al Summers A Cowboy's Girl She's a real cowboy's girl, all right
3053 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 59 Al Summers Plumb Contented The sun has just come up
3054 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 58 Al Summers Let's Keep on Ridin' Don't ride the trail that leads away from the light.
3055 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 56 Al Summers Around the Wagon Fire Shorty's fetched his mouth harp out
3056 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 55 Al Summers Sundown on the Range I'm ridin' home, my work is thru,
3057 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 54 Al Summers Someday, Old Pal I'm thinkin' of my old pal Burt
3058 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 51 Al Summers A Bunch Quittin' Steer He quits the herd a-runnin',
3059 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 50 Al Summers Arizona Skies This here city life is all too strange,
3060 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 48 Al Summers Brandin' Calves The brandin' irons are cherry red,
3061 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 47 Al Summers Just Can't Help It We ride the broncs that's mean and tough,
3062 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 45 Al Summers The Rodeo Bucker The chute gate flies wide open,
3063 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 43 Al Summers His Rope Tied Hard and Fast The way I'd like to quite this range,
3064 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 41 Al Summers Runnin' Mustangs The sun has cleared that yonder peak
3065 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 35 Al Summers When You Least Expect It He's just an old stampedin' bronc,
3066 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 34 Al Summers Roundin' Up Steers We're out on round-up
3067 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 32 Al Summers Old Poncho That horse he wasn't near as big,
3068 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 31 Al Summers Just Your and I Just you and I, side by side
3069 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 29 Al Summers The "Button" He ain't had much seasonin'
3070 Where Cattle Roam FC 11 S-15 27 Al Summers Up and Runnin' The herd is up and on their feet,
3071 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 13 Tom Ellinwood The Tin Calling Cards A lot of hunters come my way. litter, cans
3072 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 14 Tom Ellinwood Good Enough for Me If scientific progress was. moon
3073 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 15 Tom Ellinwood Ring Out the Old When history writers go to work. 1957, rain
3074 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 16 Tom Ellinwood The Compensators It's taking over lots of range. mesquite, wood, fencing
3075 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 17 Tom Ellinwood Don't Judge the Apple by the Rind Old Estevan rides ramrod straight. vaqueros, aging, clothing, respect
3076 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 18 Tom Ellinwood The Tranquilizer I like to watch a turtle pass. turtle, speed, hurry