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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
3077 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 19 Tom Ellinwood Not Obsolete Yet The automobile's here to stay. car, horse, transportation, practicality
3078 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 20 Tom Ellinwood He Sure Can Dig Holes On ground-hog day, the legend says. groundhog, gopher, weather
3079 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 21 Tom Ellinwood The Trailblazers This land's first trails were made by men. explorers
3080 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 22 Tom Ellinwood The Quarter Horse Though widest known for racing round. quarter horse
3081 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 23 Tom Ellinwood The Daredevils Of all the jobs. rodeo
3082 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 24 Tom Ellinwood The Mould As twigs are bent. saddle, riding
3083 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 25 Tom Ellinwood The Weather Report It must have stormed in Florida. travel, migration, weather
3084 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 26 Tom Ellinwood With a Side Dish of Beans They sell all kinds of dried-out food. food, jerky
3085 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 27 Tom Ellinwood The Trash Picker There's spots around the countryside. trash, shard, future
3086 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 30 Tom Ellinwood The Bonus The winter rains mean plenty to. rain, water, grass, winter, flowers, bank
3087 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 30 Tom Ellinwood Spring Madness A scene like this is sad indeed. tank, water, shotgun
3088 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 31 Tom Ellinwood Parental Responsibility The problem of delinquency. heifers, calf
3089 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 32 Tom Ellinwood Crocodile Tears There was a lady visitor. beef, branding, meat
3090 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 33 Tom Ellinwood The Illustrated Lecture A blackboard's fine. dirt, stick, drawing, chalk, blackboard
3091 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 34 Tom Ellinwood Cactus Blossoms It's fine to have a well-kept lawn. garden, landscape, desert, beauty
3092 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 35 Tom Ellinwood The Siesta Some time for work, and some for play. shade, rest, sleep, siesta
3093 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 36 Tom Ellinwood The Refresher It's mighty nice to take a swim. swimming, pool, stream
3094 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 37 Tom Ellinwood The Promise When thunderheads come rolling in. clouds, rain, cattle
3095 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 38 Tom Ellinwood Range Magic The scientists may scoff about. water witching
3096 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 39 Tom Ellinwood El Viejo Where have you spent your life, old man? old age
3097 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 40 Tom Ellinwood The Oven Gauge Somewhere near every cooking fire. cooking, fire, shovel
3098 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 41 Tom Ellinwood Mormon Rawhide If you want to hang a sack of oats. baling wire, solution
3099 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 42 Tom Ellinwood The Sometimes River Last night this wash was dry as dust. water
3100 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 43 Tom Ellinwood The Insect Repellent He may be tough on dogs and cats. toad, insects
3101 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 44 Tom Ellinwood The Hardware Store His city friends may ask him why. parts, handyman