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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
3227 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 66 Tom Ellinwood Expert on Horses, Not Horsepower Ramon was raised aboard a horse. pickup, truck, gasoline
3228 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 67 Tom Ellinwood Rodeo What started out as contests for. rodeo
3229 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 68 Tom Ellinwood Spring Madness He's filling out a mess of forms. taxes, government, accountant
3230 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 69 Tom Ellinwood Back Number That old-time phone will someday go. telephone, modern, progress
3231 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 70 Tom Ellinwood Quality Control They just don't build `e many more. horse, breeding
3232 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 71 Tom Ellinwood Rainmakers The city folks all josh `bout how. rain, gear, slicker
3233 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 72 Tom Ellinwood Armor Plate The country that he works is choked. chaps, gear, clothing
3234 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 73 Tom Ellinwood The Double-Header How can a wiry cowboy eat. food, work, meat, steak
3235 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 74 Tom Ellinwood Cut to Order The supermarkets now display. meat, beef, food, butcher
3236 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 75 Tom Ellinwood The Recompense The desert blooms are bustin' out. cactus, flowers, desert, beauty
3237 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 76 Tom Ellinwood Guessing Game That old boy's rode his share of mounts. breeding, training, horse
3238 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 77 Tom Ellinwood Livestock Included His boss just bought that purebred bull. cost, money, inflation, bull, purebred
3239 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 78 Tom Ellinwood The Dust Catcher A cowboy on T.V. can ride. dust, dirt, clean, television
3240 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 79 Tom Ellinwood Stock Holder Seems wall street's had a big stampede. stock market, prices, beef
3241 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 80 Tom Ellinwood Disguises This pair proves that things sometimes ain't. dress, clothing, appearance
3242 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 81 Tom Ellinwood Trends in Travel It wasn't so durn long ago. travel, airplane, time
3243 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 82 Tom Ellinwood Basic Tool These boys don't have a jack, in fact. tools, stuck, jack, ingenuity
3244 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 83 Tom Ellinwood And Sometimes Less These days folks turn a faucet and. bucket, water, well, plumbing
3245 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 84 Tom Ellinwood Overindulgence Those darn fool nags will stand and eat. mesquite, eating, nag, horses, food, corral
3246 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 85 Tom Ellinwood The Tie-Downs The city folks who must put in. milk, milch cow, vacation
3247 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 86 Tom Ellinwood Desert Lollipop He got a little thirsty, and. cactus, prickly pear, food, hunger, thirst, desert, resourceful
3248 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 87 Tom Ellinwood The Willing Appetite This old boy likes tamales fine. food, eating
3249 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 88 Tom Ellinwood Finding Flaws Now ain't that horse a smart one, though. cattle guard
3250 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 89 Tom Ellinwood High Country Hunt Their stirrup cup's black coffee with. hunting, lion
3251 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 90 Tom Ellinwood Far Sighted Now there's three head up in that draw. sight, practice