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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
3652 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 28 Rolf M. Flake Weather or No? "Do you think it'll rain?" I asked my friend. rain, weather
3653 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 29 Rolf M. Flake Time on His Hands or Alarm Clock Old Juan, he was a sheep herder. sheepherder, time, rooster, clock, pet
3654 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 30 Rolf M. Flake Bull Only This "40 acre nester." cows, bull, calves, breeding, nester
3655 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 31 Rolf M. Flake Shades The grass is short, the cows are poor. grass, feed, green, cows, glasses
3656 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 32 Rolf M. Flake No Argument Fat is a pretty color. fat, cows, feed, weight
3657 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 33 Rolf M. Flake Reason Enough I'm sellin' this ranch on account o' my health. selling out, health, food, eating, starvation
3658 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 34 Rolf M. Flake No Le Hace Por Mi The ranch was well sold, the deal had been made. buyer, selling out, ranch, money
3659 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 35 Rolf M. Flake The "Go Ahead" People "We're the rancher's friend," they advertise. advertisement, stock market, money, loan, banker, debt
3660 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 36 Rolf M. Flake No Buck, No Luck Well, I heard about this sheepman. sheepmen, bucks, ewes, sheep, ranch
3661 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 37 Rolf M. Flake Upward Bound "This year was sure tough." prices, interest, money, city, country, optimism, attitude
3662 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 38 Rolf M. Flake No Disguise Well, a cowboy's about as fussy. dress, clothing, hat, levis, boots, dude, knowledge, ignorance
3663 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 39 Rolf M. Flake Angel Food Now, there's a certain way of cookin'. Dutch oven, cooking, food, microwave, oven, stove, freezer, TV dinners
3664 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 40 Rolf M. Flake The Austin Haught Method of Choosing Cow Dogs How to pick a good cow dog. dog
3665 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 41 Rolf M. Flake The Cure Well, I went back "east" a few years ago. farm, Midwest, travel, auctioneer, west, space, wind, home, environment
3666 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 42 Rolf M. Flake Come and Get It When I was a kid we always ate. food, meals, eating
3667 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 43 Rolf M. Flake Catchin' On When learnin' life's lessons I'll tell ya for sure. money, lessons, education, real estate, selling, advertising, neighbors
3668 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 44 Rolf M. Flake What's She Worth? A good ranch wife is worth her weight in gold. wife, wetback
3669 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 45 Rolf M. Flake I Dang Near Died! About th' ol' Halfway Ranch, I'll tell you a tale. snake, death, fear, snakebite, startle
3670 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 70 Rolf M. Flake Meat's Not Meat -- Until It's in the Pot "Meat's not meat -- until it's in the pot." food, meat, real estate, selling, money
3671 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 71 Rolf M. Flake I'll Die with My "Bird Skins" On These "bird skin" boots are sure a treat. boots, leather, ostrich
3672 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 72 Rolf M. Flake Reach Out and Touch Someone Old Man Charlie was a bachelor. bachelor, phone, modern
3673 Western Verse or Worse FC 11 F-10 73 Rolf M. Flake Temporary Reincarnation Two ol' cowboys died one day. afterlife, Saint Peter, eagle, banker, devil, snow tire, Minnesota, stud
3674 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 2 Jewel Finley Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West Cowboys and cowgirls won the Golden West. history, west, ancestors
3675 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 3 Jewel Finley Song of the Storm The snow storm is raging. snow, storm, weather, longing
3676 Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Golden West FC 11 F-11 4 Jewel Finley Oh You Diamond Valley A bright moon rises over Diamond Mountain. valley, seasons