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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
3152 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 95 Tom Ellinwood Do-It-Yourselfer He didn't go to Uncle Sam. dam, government, loan, self-reliance
3153 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 96 Tom Ellinwood Pocket Workshop A lot of men folks nowadays. knife, tools
3154 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 97 Tom Ellinwood One Man Corporation The mining man of yesterday. mining, prospector, progress
3155 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 98 Tom Ellinwood Cotton Armor He doesn't wear those tight-cut pants. clothing
3156 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 99 Tom Ellinwood The Fixer This fellow ain't a plumber, though. handyman
3157 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 100 Tom Ellinwood The Briefing It don't look military when. roundup, work
3158 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 101 Tom Ellinwood Vaqueros Our cowboys may not dress the same. vaqueros, Mexico, Spaniards, work, occupation
3159 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 102 Tom Ellinwood Old Friends His rifle stock is split and wrapped. gun, knowledge
3160 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 103 Tom Ellinwood The Pitfalls Prospectors come and scratch around. prospecting, holes
3161 Cow Country FC 11 E-04 104 Tom Ellinwood One Man's Meat They're old, old friends, but they don't quite. rancher, farmer, friendship
3162 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 1 Tom Ellinwood Winter Perfume In wintertime, when it gets cold. winter, cold, smell, smoke, mesquite, southwest
3163 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 2 Tom Ellinwood Wagon Road It used to take a day or more. road, pavement, pickup, time
3164 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 3 Tom Ellinwood No Signature Needed It used to be a man could buy. words, honor, agreement, contract, honesty
3165 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 4 Tom Ellinwood Handy Man It's really quite amazing what. hands, handyman
3166 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 5 Tom Ellinwood Peaceful Citizen Some stories that you hear about. pig, desert, boar, wildlife
3167 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 6 Tom Ellinwood Sharp Guy He's got no automatic sort. tools, knife, sharpen
3168 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 7 Tom Ellinwood Knowing a Friend It's warming up and now the snakes. snake
3169 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 8 Tom Ellinwood Pony Express Today our mail can go by air. mail, pony express, cost
3170 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 9 Tom Ellinwood Insect Repellants You see them standing head to tail. horses, tail, fly, insects
3171 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 10 Tom Ellinwood Price of Freedom That hawk up yonder's wild and free. hawk, birds, freedom, wildlife
3172 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 11 Tom Ellinwood Born Cowman His family's been a-ranchin' since. knowledge, education, school
3173 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 12 Tom Ellinwood The Adjustable Oven A modern oven's mighty fine. cooking
3174 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 13 Tom Ellinwood Ghost Town The hot wind fills her dry remains. ghost town, past
3175 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 14 Tom Ellinwood The Diploma He learned his dale vuelta at. education, roping
3176 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 15 Tom Ellinwood Aahhhh The day's been long, the work's been hard. horse, saddle, dust