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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
3202 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 41 Tom Ellinwood Kindergarten His legs are sort of wobbly still. calf
3203 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 42 Tom Ellinwood Minding His Own Business The gila monster's quite a sight. lizard, gila monster, wildlife
3204 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 43 Tom Ellinwood The Independent The paper says that Uncle Sam's. Uncle Sam, aid, government
3205 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 44 Tom Ellinwood He'll Take Geraniums Back east folks pay good money for. cactus
3206 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 45 Tom Ellinwood Vigilant and Free The desert sheep is one to stay. desert, sheep, mountain sheep
3207 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 46 Tom Ellinwood The Reminders Now some collectors go for stamps. relics, past, arrowhead, shard
3208 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 47 Tom Ellinwood The Early Start His rope is just some window cord. roping, youth
3209 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 48 Tom Ellinwood Product of the Times The beef a hundred years ago. cattle, longhorn
3210 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 49 Tom Ellinwood Double-Barreled Pleasure He might be mending fence today. gun, hunting, dove
3211 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 50 Tom Ellinwood The Accelerators The spurs he wears ain't there for show. spurs, tools, gear
3212 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 51 Tom Ellinwood Modern Inconveniences When he first built that place it had. lock, key
3213 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 52 Tom Ellinwood Obsolete Dead, but not gone, that blower stands. forge, blower, past, antique
3214 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 53 Tom Ellinwood Playing it Safe Fall roundup time is gettin' close. hunting, deer, range, roundup, autumn
3215 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 54 Tom Ellinwood Old Hat A pickup truck, a baseball cap. clothing, dress, hat, belt
3216 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 55 Tom Ellinwood Roundup Cook His apron's kinda greasy, his. food, cook, biscuit
3217 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 56 Tom Ellinwood Stack of Warmth The nights are getting colder, so. mesquite, wood, autumn, heat, stove, fireplace
3218 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 57 Tom Ellinwood The Early Bird The time is just four-thirty and. morning, early, habit
3219 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 58 Tom Ellinwood Feet First Those brand-new boots came mighty high. clothing, dress, boots
3220 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 59 Tom Ellinwood The Anchors With roundup past, it's time to do. fence, fencing, boulder, wire
3221 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 60 Tom Ellinwood Viewpoints He just got back from drivin' to. rain, road, potholes
3222 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 61 Tom Ellinwood The Timer Now most men got to have a watch. watch, time, clock, sun, Arizona, work
3223 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 62 Tom Ellinwood Range Diet It's beef and beans and biscuits, and. food
3224 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 63 Tom Ellinwood The Healthy Wreck This cowhand's life's been kinda rough. broken bones, health
3225 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 64 Tom Ellinwood Feet First He'll first take off his boots and pants. clothing, sleep
3226 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 65 Tom Ellinwood Horseback Healer Despite the fact his learnin', as. medical practices, veterinarian, health, healing