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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
3252 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 91 Tom Ellinwood Horned Toad He's sort of prehistoric, on. toad
3253 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 93 Tom Ellinwood Peaceful Border Them Russians say the U.S.A. United States, Russia, border, Mexico
3254 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 93 Tom Ellinwood Playing it Safe His roundup's been completed and. horse, deer, hunting, autumn
3255 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 94 Tom Ellinwood Private Showing Down in this canyon bottom where. autumn, leaves, color, trees
3256 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 95 Tom Ellinwood Too Many Targets A feller who is ropin' calves. roping, calves
3257 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 96 Tom Ellinwood Thermometer They keep a can of coffee stashed. coffee, cold, weather, temperature
3258 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 97 Tom Ellinwood Automatic Pilot He sure stayed up too late last night. horse, sleep, tiredness, car
3259 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 98 Tom Ellinwood Texas Gate It's called a "gate" although it's built. wire, mesquite, poles, gate
3260 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 99 Tom Ellinwood In Disguise He's lean, where Santa should be plump. Santa, jingle, Christmas, gifts, present, giving
3261 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 100 Tom Ellinwood Taking No Chances Another year is almost gone. New Year's, traffic, city
3262 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 101 Tom Ellinwood The Arrowhead A missile from a simple past. arrowhead, past
3263 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 102 Tom Ellinwood Bunkhouse Bridge Now some folks go for bingo games. poker, cards, gambling, recreation
3264 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 103 Tom Ellinwood A Matter of Degrees It seemed like it was colder than. cold, weather, temperature, ducks
3265 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 104 Tom Ellinwood A Mound of Rocks Here some forgotten traveler's bones. grave, death, unknown
3266 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 105 Tom Ellinwood Road Repairs When chuckholes mar the city streets. potholes, rain, complain, city
3267 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 106 Tom Ellinwood Mexican Steer He's just come up from Mexico. purebred, cattle, breeds
3268 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 107 Tom Ellinwood The Slowdown He used to rope in rodeos. aging, patience, roping
3269 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 108 Tom Ellinwood Automation They used to cut the posts by hand. fencing, posts, progress
3270 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 109 Tom Ellinwood Cookout The outdoor cooking fad has sent. cooking, stove, cans
3271 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 110 Tom Ellinwood Team Tying A feller workin' cattle by. snubbing post, roping
3272 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 111 Tom Ellinwood Abandoned Mine A cairn of rock to hold the claim. rock, claim, hope, prospecting, mine
3273 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 112 Tom Ellinwood Rural Hazard He thought the morning coffee got. coffee, water, skunk, well, taste
3274 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 113 Tom Ellinwood Safety Check A little hunk of rock can lame. rock, hoof, horse, lame
3275 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 114 Tom Ellinwood Monument Who knows how long that stone axe lay. stone, axe, tools, past, skill
3276 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 115 Tom Ellinwood Living Fence A fence around the garden on. ocotilla, fence, garden