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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
3527 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 8 Bob Fletcher The Missouri Yes, stranger, I came up that river. river, Missouri River, past, change, west
3528 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 10 Bob Fletcher In Yellowstone Park Sez the she dude to the savage. geyser, water, cost, heat, Yellowstone, tease
3529 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 10 Bob Fletcher In Glacier Park Sez the she dude to the ranger. glacier, ignorance, boulders
3530 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 11 Bob Fletcher The Desert Rat Sure we've been out on the desert. desert, burro, attraction, travel, wander, sand, mirage, Nevada
3531 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 13 Bob Fletcher Come and Get It Yes, I've heard tell of that restauraw. restaurant, food, grub, cook, game
3532 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 16 Bob Fletcher The Bed of Roses She hasn't no Ostermoor mattress. bunk, bed, sleep
3533 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 17 Bob Fletcher Poor Dad There's a whole lot of bunk and emotional junk. husband, father, gender role
3534 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 18 Bob Fletcher That Little Baldy Hoss You see that little Baldy hoss. cayuse, horse, cow pony, devotion
3535 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 20 Bob Fletcher The Playing of Yellowstone Bill There are some folks inclines to a fiddle. music, mouth harp
3536 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 21 Bob Fletcher The Octogenarian There's a heap of idle chatter. aging, old-age, old timer
3537 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 22 Bob Fletcher Jim Crosses the Great Divide I'm feelin' plumb sad and despondent. death, Great Divide, pardner, cow pony, horse
3538 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 24 Bob Fletcher Pulling Out They say that you are leaving. west, east, change, old timer
3539 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 25 Bob Fletcher Spring Air is gettin' mellow. spring, seasons
3540 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 26 Bob Fletcher The Belled Coyote Ain't no one loves a coyote. coyote, wildlife, bell, shot
3541 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 29 Bob Fletcher The Big Sissies It seems like this civilization. civilization, people, culture, toilet, bathroom, tough, plumbing
3542 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 31 Bob Fletcher The Riding of Alkali Ike Of all the rides that I know of. rodeo, bucking, bronco, storytelling, exaggeration, bronc busting, bunkhouse
3543 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 33 Robert "Bob" Henry Fletcher The Wagon Train Since these days of automobiles, flivvers, limousines, and sich. teamsters, wagon train, freight, team, speed, gasoline, automobile, progress, change, power
3544 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 34 Bob Fletcher The Saga of Johnny the Cow Hand Johnny was a rider. cowhand, spring, town, choices, epic
3545 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 45 Bob Fletcher The Crazy Quilt The cow men opine that I'm not quite all there. sheepherder, sheep, alone
3546 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 46 Bob Fletcher The Vision of Syr Layrde Out from the castell de Cap Eli Layrde. hunting, venison, deer, parody
3547 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 50 Bob Fletcher That Kid, Bobby When Bobby forks his Jimmy horse. youth, imagination, play, make-believe, boy
3548 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 51 Bob Fletcher Before the Days of Gasoline Sure, that's the trail to Zortman. automobile, progress, change, pollution, stagecoach, team, past, memories
3549 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 53 Bob Fletcher Sunset The Sun Chief enters his medicine lodge. sun, sunset, color
3550 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 54 Bob Fletcher The Ballad of Timmie O'Keefe Oh, this is a tale of the Yellowstone Trail. tipi, Yellowstone Park, Old Faithful, geyser, exaggeration, storytelling
3551 Corral Dust FC 11 F-05 57 Bob Fletcher Croix de Guerre I'm on a high lope for the home range. war, discharge, World War I, doughboy, infantry, Paris, Omaha, stockyard, peace