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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
3177 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 16 Tom Ellinwood Bare Essentials The country school that he went to. school, books, education
3178 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 17 Tom Ellinwood Not Obsolete Yet The boss is flying off to town. horse, plane
3179 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 18 Tom Ellinwood Conquistador's Blindness He found a Spanish stirrup from. Spaniards, stirrups, gold
3180 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 19 Tom Ellinwood Range Etiquette His etiquette it might not fit. etiquette, work
3181 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 20 Tom Ellinwood No Time Clock Now when it comes to products that. riata, rawhide, patience
3182 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 21 Tom Ellinwood The Spoilers Some hunters came and set up camp. hunting, litter
3183 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 22 Tom Ellinwood Music to Gain Weight By He's never seen an orchestra. music, harmonica
3184 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 23 Tom Ellinwood The Compensation He's riding bundled up these days. wind, cold, coffee, flies
3185 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 24 Tom Ellinwood Sonora Ranch Butchers When these vaqueros butcher out. butcher, meat, menudo, jerky
3186 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 25 Tom Ellinwood Stories in the Dust He never got too far in school. track, tracking
3187 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 26 Tom Ellinwood Deodorized The bread now comes in wrappers from. bake, bread, food, smell
3188 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 27 Tom Ellinwood The Bomb Shelter Perched high upon that rimrock ledge. Indians, war, defense, past
3189 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 28 Tom Ellinwood The Reprieve Old Grampa's fooled `em once again. hunting, deer
3190 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 29 Tom Ellinwood Travelin' Easy The man on horseback, when you pass. friendliness, car
3191 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 30 Tom Ellinwood The Reducer These days the dirty duds are washed. wash, exercise
3192 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 31 Tom Ellinwood Frijoles Now Ireland's got potatoes for. beans, food
3193 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 32 Tom Ellinwood Horror Show These boys look sort of horrified. television
3194 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 33 Tom Ellinwood Canned Cow Now there's a poem `bout canned milk. milk, cans, food
3195 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 34 Tom Ellinwood The Agers Now some may think a cowboy's life. aging, chores
3196 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 35 Tom Ellinwood The Computer He may look like he's half asleep. cattle, profit
3197 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 36 Tom Ellinwood The Wish I Had Book For folks whose trips to town are few. catalogue, town, buying
3198 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 37 Tom Ellinwood Accident Prevention Now saddle soap and neats foot oil. care, maintenance, leather, saddle, gear
3199 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 38 Tom Ellinwood Practical Status Symbol He doesn't yearn for Cadillacs. horse, tools
3200 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 39 Tom Ellinwood Busman's Holiday He started learning how to rope. roping
3201 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 40 Tom Ellinwood Blister Makers Those boots were made for horseback work. boots