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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
3277 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 116 Tom Ellinwood Border Music He knows the different cowboy songs. whistling, music, song
3278 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 117 Tom Ellinwood Before Refrigeration He didn't have a cooler, then. adobe, heat, summer, temperature
3279 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 118 Tom Ellinwood Saddle Sandwiches There's some folks pack a lunch box, and. jerky, food, water, lunch
3280 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 119 Tom Ellinwood The Hidden Menu Those barren hills look hostile to. food, desert
3281 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 120 Tom Ellinwood The Pale Copy The holiday fiestas he. fiesta, celebration, holiday
3282 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 121 Tom Ellinwood The Spoil Sport Now rodeo's a manly sport. rodeo
3283 More Cow Country FC 11 E-05 124 Tom Ellinwood The Non-Lookers The mountain men all roamed around. signs, map, directions
3284 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 16 Livingston Montgomery The Uinta Song (partial) On the 20th of September. Utah, freighting, wagon
3285 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 18 Ellis Robison I Wouldn't Be a Puncher Man I thought I'd be a puncher man. punchers, cow punching, starvation, cattle
3286 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 22 Judge Fred Keller Blue Mountain My home it was in Texas. occupation, Utah, mountain, law, LC brand, Mormon
3287 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 28 Hans Peter Iverson Hans Peter Iverson's Life History in Verse My life events I tell in short. migration, life, settle, Dixie, Utah, Denmark, Mormon, God, belief, mission
3288 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 32 Melvin L. "Meb" Whipple Open Range I was born in Utah, many long years have come and gone. Utah, Arizona, life, family, mother, father, child, cattle
3289 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 34 Melvin L. "Meb" Whipple How They Lived The people that used to live out in the West. Utah, lifestyle, dance, life, west
3290 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 36 Melvin L. "Meb" Whipple The Bob-Tailed Steer It was back in1940, 28 long years have past. ranch, father, partner, naming, occupation, change
3291 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 42 Yula Sue Hunting Dear Sirs Out of all the headaches, hard work, taxes and expense. taxes, government, poverty, IRS, money, survival, food, family
3292 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 43 Yula Sue Hunting A Fall Oh, I have heard stories and I know you have too. past, present, horses, cowboys, occupation, change
3293 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 46 Frank A. Brewer Old Horse Old horse your days are numbered. horse, aging, lame, devotion, cow pony, protection
3294 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 48 Frank Brewer The Legion of the Lost They come from every walk in life. death, father, daughter, baby, suicide, stranger, pity, sorrow, depression, marriage, life story
3295 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 52 F. Allan Brewer Modern Cowboy I have lived a wild life and I've earned what I've spent. occupation, cowboying, cattlemen, work, pay, winter, snow, cattle, life
3296 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 53 F. Allan Brewer A Most Colorful Life When I was a young man my skin was well browned. cowboying, rope, braid, change, life, hardship, progress, aging, work, pickup, contentedness
3297 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 55 F.A. Brewer and F.B. Steiner The Devil's Circle I must have been sick as a dog last night. fence, fencing, barbed wire, Hell, Satan, work
3298 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 58 Frances B. Steiner The One That Got Away For years Dad lived on Bitter Creek. father, accident, trapped, leg, boot, horse, fall, pinned, caught, foot, survival
3299 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 60 Frances Brewer Steiner Roundup Time on the Mountain Each fall they rode the summer range to gather up the steers. meat, cattle, beef, sharing, roundup, food
3300 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 72 Finley H. Bayles The Day Me and Strawberry Fell Old Strawb was a fair lookin' cowhorse. cow pony, fall, accident, survival, hurt, positive, strength, dedication
3301 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 76 Finley H. Bayles Outlaw Country The cabin was silent and lonely, in a deserted glade it stood. cabin, skunk, sleep, wildlife