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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
3102 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 45 Tom Ellinwood The Private Showing By sticking to the asphalt trails. car, asphalt
3103 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 46 Tom Ellinwood The Blank Load He finally bought a TV set. television, motion pictures, Hollywood
3104 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 47 Tom Ellinwood Cowboy in Armor Those old boys prob'ly never thought. Spaniards, gold, horse, cow
3105 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 48 Tom Ellinwood The Sentimentalist Go on and eat, you darned old fool. aging, horse, retirement
3106 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 49 Tom Ellinwood The Gilded Cage He's sleeping on an inner spring. past, memories, achievement
3107 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 50 Tom Ellinwood Magic of Autumn When summertime has finally gone. fall
3108 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 51 Tom Ellinwood Fall Roundup Another year of work is done. beef, prices
3109 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 52 Tom Ellinwood Cut and Dried Fence posts, senor, they must be cut. fence, fencing, mesquite, moon
3110 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 53 Tom Ellinwood It Also Heated the Kitchen It's sittin' out back in the yard. wood stove, food, cooking
3111 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 54 Tom Ellinwood Desert Waif This old boy's plenty mad. pup, death, responsibility, animal
3112 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 55 Tom Ellinwood Gone But Not Forgotten They've tallied up the ballots now. voting, election, campaign
3113 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 56 Tom Ellinwood The Flame Watcher A furnace with a thermostat. heat, fireplace, furnace
3114 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 57 Tom Ellinwood Hoofprints on the Tireprints Some darn fool failed to shut the gate. gate, cutting
3115 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 58 Tom Ellinwood The 5 a.m. Brunch His belly is bulging with bacon and beans. breakfast, food
3116 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 59 Tom Ellinwood Spice of Life Exotic spices don't mean much. chili, food
3117 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 60 Tom Ellinwood Blessing in Disguise It's tough, old gal, when sudden snow. snow, grass, water, feed
3118 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 61 Tom Ellinwood Yuletide Reflection It just won't seem like Christmas if. snow, desert, Christ, Christmas, birth
3119 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 62 Tom Ellinwood Traffic Survey Back there a doe and fawn had crossed. track, tracking, wildlife
3120 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 63 Tom Ellinwood Burned Up Some knot heads needed firewood, so. thief, steal, mesquite, corral, fence, firewood
3121 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 64 Tom Ellinwood Winter Fur In wintertime the animals. underwear, clothing, winter, warmth
3122 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 65 Tom Ellinwood The Paradox A growing sport around the land. hunting, rifle, bow
3123 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 66 Tom Ellinwood Basic Comfort That saddle there's seen better days. saddle, gear
3124 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 67 Tom Ellinwood Shear Amateur Old Sam the cook is doggone good. haircut
3125 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 68 Tom Ellinwood The Working Outfit Go western time is here again. clothing, fashion, western
3126 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 69 Tom Ellinwood The Gasoline Mule For cutting out a calf to brand. jeep, car