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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
426 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 12 Gail I. Gardner The Cowman's Troubles I used to make money a-runnin' wild cattle. riata, book-keeper, bankers, lawyers, forest officials, land office men, inspectors, loan, paper work, investigations, income tax, Saint Peter, angels, heaven, hell
427 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 14 Gail I. Gardner Old Batch I hears of a blowout up in town. dance, dress up, ball-room floor, fear of women
428 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 15 Gail I. Gardner The Dude Wrangler I'll tell you of a sad, sad story. partners, sharing outfits, Levis, Stetson, bashful, shy, fashion, woman, change, handsome, murder, shooting
429 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 16 Gail I. Gardner Arizona August Sunshine and shadow. rain, Indian flowers, sunsets
430 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 17 Gail I. Gardner The Flyin' Cowboy They say there isn't nothin'. warfare, learn to fly, tricks, aviating business, wings, cattle
431 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 18 Gail I. Gardner Cowboy, Whiskey, Museum & Co. My legs is kinda weary. Rhamphorynchus ,Cattywaumpus, Pterodactyls, Megalosaurus, Dinosaurs, Mammoth, Iguanodons, Mastodons, Ehohippus
432 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 19 Gail I. Gardner Real Cowboy Life You have read these cowboy stories. misconception, fancy outfits, movies, hard work, cow punching, roundup, unromantic
433 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 21 Gail I. Gardner Show Boy I used to know a cowboy. Western sports, city, fame, travel, Chicago, Cheyenne, success, money, career, alcohol
434 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 22 Gail I. Gardner The Desert Caballeros I'll tell you of a wondrous outfit. Wickenberg, Weaver Mountain, parade, old-time flintlocks, Valley-horses, Hassayampa, wranglers, bar, whiskey, bourbon, grub, fancy food, city restaurant, soogans, country privy, Walnut Grove, Buckhorn, ride for fun
435 Orejana Bull for Cowboys Only FC 11 G-04 26 Gail I. Gardner Cowboy to Postmaster You have heard the story of Buster Jig. Devil's tail, Moonshine steer, thrown, Democrat, government job, political strings, retirement pay, pension
436 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 1 Frank Goodwyn George McSheeran I'm worried stiff, I tell you, Jim. hard worker, oil, dressed up, guest of honor, tamed, crushed
437 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 2 Frank Goodwyn Dust Storm A wild wind came howling through the windows. corn, wheat, banging doors
438 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 3 Frank Goodwyn Betsy Lee I'm not dead sure. I might have dreamed it all. gray mule, broken tractor, technical problems, visions, tricked, technology vs. animal power, modernity, wisdom, regrets,
439 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 7 Frank Goodwyn Fine Pets How do you like our geese? tame, smooth, fat, pretty, safety, crippled wings, wild geese
440 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 9 Frank Goodwyn Cutt'n Hay Jim Forbes and I lived a pretty rough life. friendship, ambitious, office job, army, salary, money, tax
441 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 10 Frank Goodwyn Rivers and Leaders I've seen mighty rivers. water, waterfalls, sounds, small rivers
442 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 12 Frank Goodwyn The Legend of the Pacing White Stallion His mane is spun from a thundercloud. mares, muscles, hide, nostrils
443 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 13 Frank Goodwyn Tom McAllister I gather, mister, from the look of things. Kenneth Martin, leather shop, Clyde Magee, Leonard's Crossing, city slickers, educated, college, boots, love, baby, betrayal, unwanted child, burden, pride, dependability, Parkersville, thrown, accident, sorrow, injustice, reflection
444 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 20 Frank Goodwyn Burning Oil Well Near Corpus Christi, Texas Ages before the harnessing of fire. reptiles, ice, snow, age, buried monsters
445 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 37 Frank Goodwyn The Interstate Jess Neil's the only barber. old-timer, trimming heads, horse-and-buggy days, Model T, forties, highway Fifteen, gas fumes, exhaustion, traffic, life of Riley
446 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 35 Frank Goodwyn Rome, Texas (Roma) This is Rome. seven hills, five centuries, past, future, Coliseum, Tiber, mesquites, willows, huisaches, humbleness
447 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 34 Frank Goodwyn Border Patrol Car on the Rio Grande Again, sweet Christ, it comes! motor hums, headlights, speed, rubber wheels, car
448 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 33 Frank Goodwyn The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas The clouds float and the fields blow green. palm trees, matchsticks, wind, cluster of leaves, orange and grapefruit orchards
449 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 31 Frank Goodwyn The Morrisburg Hotel Its bending sides have lost their paint. age, memories, pastimes, weddings, fading paint
450 Poems About the West FC 11 G-05 30 Frank Goodwyn Bachelors They live above the saddle store. quiet souls, Collonsville, card games, whittle, loneliness, emptiness