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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
3302 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 78 Finley H. Bayles Sooner and the Serpent Well, you've heard of the League of Nations. Devil, drink, alcohol, beer, drunk, Satan, tied, steer
3303 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 82 Lucile Bradley Bush Swappin' Yarns at Roundup A bunch of us boys was swappin' yarns to amuse ourselves one night. storytelling, daughter, danger, cow, dog, saved, child, doctor, injury, wound, riding
3304 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 85 Lucile Bradley Bush Beatty, Nevada Beatty, Nevada and thereabouts. Nevada, landscape, desert, peace, contentedness
3305 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 87 Floyd A. Jensen The Day I Roped a Deer We was sittin' drinkin' coffee. Utah, winter, deer, roping
3306 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 90 Floyd A. Jensen Back Home To wake up in the morning and smell dew on fresh cut hay. home, longing, family, youth, childhood, mother, father, farm
3307 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 91 Floyd A. Jensen Old Jack Swensen's Ride Now if you're ever down in Goshen town. milch cow, bucking, ride, laundry, clothesline
3308 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 94 Frank Lemon Spring Roundup on the San Rafael Desert I seem to hear the jingle of spurs. roundup, desert, drought, dry, feed, spring, range, memories, reminisce
3309 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 96 Frank Lemon The Bald-faced Bay I was riding down a Utah ridge. Utah, horse, riding, trade
3310 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 97 Frank Lemon Just a Poor Cowboy Out by a western waterhole, one cold November day. watering hole, death, dying
3311 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 100 J'Wayne "Mac" McArthur Pardners City folks are satisfied just havin' friends. partner, friends, sharing
3312 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 101 J'Wayne "Mac" McArthur Levis A cowboy's pants are Levi brand. clothing, pants, levis
3313 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 102 J'Wayne "Mac" McArthur Grow Up Climbin' down from a broncy colt. work, job, employment, occupation
3314 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 104 Scott McKendrick Movin' But Stayin' It seems like only yesterday. work, friends, parting
3315 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 105 Scott McKendrick Rodeo People I guess sometime or other, we all have a bad luck streak. friends, help, cowboy code
3316 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 106 Scott McKendrick Don't Teach That Girl to Rope The first mistake I ever made. roping, girlfriend, courtship
3317 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 108 Vern Mortensen When Spring Work is Finished Spring work is almost finished and I. work, occupation
3318 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 109 Vern Mortensen The West That Was This was the west that used to be, ranges that stretched afar. past, change, west, horses, cattle, men
3319 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 110 Vern Mortensen Badger--The Zebra Dun Mule Homp and I rode in to Rush Lake one sunny April day. stray, mule, bucking, riding, youth, confidence, pride
3320 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 116 Jon Pentz Big Red I was out of a job, just laying around town. ranch hand, employment, work, punching cattle, horse, bucking, breaking horses, lightning, death, storm
3321 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 119 Jon Pentz Tired of Town I'm fed up with this life I live. city, country life, range, alone, crowd, longing
3322 Cowboy Poetry from Utah Carol A. Edison FC 11 E-06 120 Jon Pentz The Lost Sheep Here's a little hint to all you gents. sheep, tent, camp, cold, winter, wet, fire, matches, coffee, warmth
3323 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 2 Don Edwards The Ballad Hunter Long ago there was a man who rode throughout the West. Jack Thorp, singer, musician, banjo, mandolin, cowboy song
3324 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 6 Jack Thorp Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Get Along Little Dogies Whoopee ti yi yo, git along little dogies
3325 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 7 anonymous The Old Man's Lament As I was a-walking one evening for pleasure. baby, fatherless child, cheat, wife, husband
3326 Songs of the Cowboy Don Edwards FC 11 E-09 10 anonymous The Old Chisholm Trail On a ten-dollar horse and a forty-dollar saddle. cowboying