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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
3127 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 70 Tom Ellinwood Just One Request If March comes in a 'roaring, like. seasons, spring, rain, water
3128 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 71 Tom Ellinwood The Tourists They don't need any road maps, and. ducks, birds, migration
3129 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 72 Tom Ellinwood Sack Artist Folks who use only tailor-mades. cigarettes
3130 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 73 Tom Ellinwood More Than Fashionable So derby hats are coming back. hat
3131 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 74 Tom Ellinwood Re-Entry It seems the hitch in sending man. throwed, outer space
3132 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 75 Tom Ellinwood Rain Hungry In Hopi land they have a dance. Hopi, rain, water, rattlesnake
3133 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 76 Tom Ellinwood Forgotten Fort These `dobe walls once knew the sound. fort, cavalry, past
3134 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 77 Tom Ellinwood Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow His little ranch they sought to buy. selling out
3135 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 78 Tom Ellinwood Pioneering Padre A string of missions mark the path. religion, padres, settle
3136 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 79 Tom Ellinwood Medicine Man He paints designs in colored sand. medicine man, sand painting, Indians
3137 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 80 Tom Ellinwood Drought Defiers The whitewing dove's come back to nest. dry, birds, flowers, cactus, desert
3138 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 81 Tom Ellinwood Mountain Man What would he think if he could see. mountain man, progress, fencing, pavement
3139 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 82 Tom Ellinwood Fire Protection A saddle's got no ashtray, so. smoking, cigarettes, dry, forest fire
3140 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 83 Tom Ellinwood Desert Ice water It hangs there wrapped in gunny sacks. water, drink
3141 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 84 Tom Ellinwood Ranch Dog A dog show wouldn't let him in. dog
3142 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 85 Tom Ellinwood Gun Jerk Well, here's another story `bout. gun, gunfight
3143 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 86 Tom Ellinwood Summer Lament The summer heat he takes in stride. rain, dry, need, summer, water
3144 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 87 Tom Ellinwood Desert Lullaby No smog or fog to dim the view. stars, night
3145 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 88 Tom Ellinwood And No Defrosting A box of frame, a pan on top. ice box, food, storage
3146 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 89 Tom Ellinwood Unfiltered Fun No filter ever kept it clean. water, swimming, well
3147 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 90 Tom Ellinwood Cactus Castle Old mama dove's not so darn dumb. dove, birds, nest, cactus
3148 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 91 Tom Ellinwood Yanqui Menudo Each time a beef is butchered out. stew, butcher, meat, food
3149 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 92 Tom Ellinwood The Free-Loaders Each time that he goes out to feed. feed, quail, birds
3150 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 93 Tom Ellinwood The Artisan These days most everyone knows how. horseshoe, shoeing, horseshoeing
3151 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 94 Tom Ellinwood The Joker Laying out barbed wire's a job. barbed wire, fencing