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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
3627 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 3 Rolf M. Flake Northern Arizona -- Fall After a good wet summer on the Northern Arizona range. autumn, Arizona, cattle, market
3628 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 4 Rolf M. Flake Northern Arizona Winter The calves are shipped. winter, Arizona, Thanksgiving, Christmas, seasons
3629 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 5 Rolf M. Flake Manuel Now, Manuel, he's a "wetback." wetback, Mexican, ranch hand
3630 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 6 Rolf M. Flake Ol' River Ol' River is a buckskin horse. horse
3631 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 7 Rolf M. Flake The Loan Arranger It used to be in days gone by. loan, money, debt, outlaws
3632 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 8 Rolf M. Flake Estate Planning Once there lived this old "Hosteen." Navajo, inheritance, sons, father, medicine man, numbers, mathematics, greed
3633 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 9 Rolf M. Flake Horse Sense A friend of mine up there under the Rim. roping, bear, intelligence
3634 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 10 Rolf M. Flake A Frog Strangler and a Gully Washer An Arizona cowboy chanced to visit. east, west, westerner, rain, water, dry
3635 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 11 Rolf M. Flake Have You Heard the One About I talked about a "herd of cows." speech, language
3636 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 12 Rolf M. Flake Mean Mama We's a brandin' th' calves. branding, calf, castrate
3637 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 13 Rolf M. Flake Cloud Watchers You can tell an Arizona cowman. clouds, weather, rain, water, Noah
3638 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 14 Rolf M. Flake Tell the Banker -- "No" When I worked for the Bank. appraiser, horseback, saddle, spurs, bucking, banker
3639 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 15 Rolf M. Flake Ranch Neighbors Good neighbors are an "asset." neighbors, friends, help
3640 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 16 Rolf M. Flake Ranch Labor Problem, Solved I heard of a rancher a few years back. ranch, work, foreman, banker, partner, sharing, ownership
3641 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 17 Rolf M. Flake A Chip Off the Old Block There's a certain type man. Mormon, religion, faith, Brigham Young, heritage, church
3642 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 18 Rolf M. Flake Commodore Commodore Perry Owens was the name of the man. lawman, sheriff, outlaw, sheepmen, cattlemen, shoot, shooting
3643 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 19 Rolf M. Flake Yup I'll teach you a lesson that was taught to me. plants, feed, cattle
3644 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 20 Rolf M. Flake The Eyes Have It Well, I went to see the Banker. bank, money, loan, eyes, compassion
3645 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 21 Rolf M. Flake Just Good Business A banker is a business man. banker
3646 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 22 Rolf M. Flake Lion Hunters Out here in old Arizona. hounds, track, mountain lion, cat, hunting
3647 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 23 Rolf M. Flake Double Trouble Two old cowmen were talkin' once. prices, drought, hard times, bank, money
3648 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 24 Rolf M. Flake The Acid Test There are two kinds of cowboys. cowboy, dress, clothing, manure
3649 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 25 Rolf M. Flake Thick or Thin Now, I've drunk water from mountain streams. water, drink, dry
3650 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 26 Rolf M. Flake Thanksgiving Prayer Have you ever been so fortunate. Thanksgiving, water, gratitude, prayer, God, belief
3651 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 27 Rolf M. Flake More or Less I visited my friend named Charley Redd. water, dry