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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.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
326 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 12 Arthur Chapman The Cowboy and the Tempter I met a well-dressed stranger at the bar in Poker Bill's. Red Desert hills, roundup, gold, warrin' land, horse trading, Teton, pony, friends, comrade, friendship, sharing trouble, war
327 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 14 Arthur Chapman A Cowboy's Musings The other day, upon the mesa's level land. lark, birds, bird's nest, dead birds, sadness, death, unknown
328 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 15 Arthur Chapman The Cowboy's Homing Bill's home ag'in from Europe, where he featured with a show. travel, return, homecoming, Southwest, joy, tears, happiness, prairie dog, homesick, Cactus Center, Europe
329 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 17 Arthur Chapman The Cow-Puncher's Elegy I've ridden nigh a thousand leagues upon two bands of steel. Westerner, past, old days, cowmen, cattle, memories, Cattle Kingdom,chaps-cladsknight, cattlemen, cowpuncher
330 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 19 Arthur Chapman Cow-Puncher Philosophy This world's so doggone big and bright. life, past, present, joy
331 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 21 Arthur Chapman The Sheriff's Report We jest went out to git him, and we did. sagebrush, chase, hunting, Majesty of Law, hate, shooting
332 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 22 Arthur Chapman The Diamond Hitch When camp is moved, at break of day. Packer Bill, tenderfoot, law, mules, caravans, track
333 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 24 Arthur Chapman The Dude Ranch We used to run a cow-ranch. cowboys, summer boarders, outfit, roundup, tenderfoot, Boston, greenhorn, Pullman car, Ibsen, change, past
334 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 26 Arthur Chapman The White Man's Road The white man's road is hard for us to follow. Indians, suffering, mistrust, broken treaties, sorrow, hopeless, red man
335 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 27 Arthur Chapman Jim Jest from Cattle Land, that's Jim. strength, friendship, cheerfulness, happiness, Forty Mile, gentle, women
336 Out Where the West Begins FC 11 C-07 29 Arthur Chapman The Herder's Reverie The sheep are down at the water, a-drinkin' their bloomin' fill. nature, calm, competition, fast life, cities, money
337 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 5 Ellie Corrigan Slim I've an early recollection `bout a giant of a man. Montana, Idaho, father, child, admiration
338 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 7 Ellie Corrigan Memories We lived off up in the mountains; it's a long way out of town. family, home, childhood, values
339 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 9 Ellie Corrigan Bush heart Art Hyle was a longtime rancher; up old Montana way. Montana, bull, brother-in-law
340 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 11 Ellie Corrigan Bossy Blues Ole Barney went to milk one morn; a chore he's learned to hate. milch cow, milking, chores, pup
341 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 13 Ellie Corrigan Home Remedies Dave's been stayin' `round the cabin; his spirits in a slump. boil, behind, soreness, needle, home remedy
342 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 15 Ellie Corrigan Cowboys Cowboys are our heroes; the knights of western land. cowboy, occupation
343 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 17 Ellie Corrigan Rowdy This cowboy's got a filly, that he's courtin' on the sly. courting, marriage, husband, wife, pregnancy
344 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 19 Ellie Corrigan Pards This happened in Montana, on a ranch, Old Lazy Six. Montana, runaway team
345 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 22 Ellie Corrigan Ben Ben rides through my memories since I was just a child. admiration, work
346 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 24 Ellie Corrigan The Lord's Prayer (smile) The rain was drippin' off the eaves; it poured for a long while. bunkhouse, The Lord's Prayer, wager, religion
347 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 26 Ellie Corrigan Who's The Winner, The House or Me? Did you ever stop to ponder the. mouse, sermon, fear, laughter, teeth marks, humor
348 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 29 Ellie Corrigan The Town Drunk I've known some drunks in my day. Wyoming, alcohol, liquor, booze, Luther, fun, jokes, children, manure, wagon, playing tricks
349 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 31 Ellie Corrigan Crime Never Pays Two old saddle pards headed home on a. barley corn, bulletproof, bar, steal, Willie Booth, turkey, drunk, whiskey, argument, tricked, argue
350 I Was Born in the Night, But Not Last Night FC 11 C-23 33 Ellie Corrigan From a Horse to a Model T My young dad's no little feller standin'. Irish-English, old times, horsepower, rodeo, truck, race, speed, team, racing