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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
4352 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 32 Jack Horan Wrangling Beans My experience I'll tell you. food, cook, cooking, grub, dishes, wash, beans, recipe
4353 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 36 Jack Horan A Wild Hoss A wild hoss that wore no brand. horse, broken heart
4354 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 37 Jack Horan Wouldn't Take Tellin' He wouldn't take tellin'. stubborn, know-it-all
4355 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 38 Jack Horan Barbed-Wire You know the trails o' the rangeland. barbed wire, fence, gate, quilt, blanket, saddle blanket, prairie, sleep
4356 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 39 Jack Horan Hired A tenderfoot came in one day. greenhorn, riding, spur, spurs, horse, hand
4357 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 40 Jack Horan A Lady's Hoss Bill Steele had a buckskin hoss. horse, rodeo, bucking bronco, riding
4358 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 42 Jack Horan Range Music There is always something doing. seasons, summer, spring, fall, autumn, nature, range
4359 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 43 Jack Horan A Shattered Dream A cowboy stood at the old corral. dream, desire, west, female, girlfriend, boyfriend, east
4360 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 44 Jack Horan Bill's Rattlesnake Bill was sleeping out one night. practical joke, trick, prank, snake, quirt, sleeping out
4361 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 46 Jack Horan The Range Colt He was a wobbly little fellow. porcupine, quills, colt, curiosity
4362 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 48 Jack Horan Me and My Pal It was in the year o' four. December, cold, winter, home, warmth, chilled
4363 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 49 Jack Horan Indian Summer It is Indian Summer. night herding, cattle drive, winter, autumn, bunk house, song, Sweet Adeline
4364 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 50 Jack Horan His Home Town in Montana Emmet and I were walking. hometown, Alaska, north, hardship, snow, ice, cold, past
4365 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 52 Jack Horan A Hoss Called "The Ragging Jew" He bucked like a rag that's pinned in the wind. horse, bucking bronco, bay, bucked off, throwed, thrown
4366 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 54 Jack Horan Old Jim's Trip Old Jim and I were homeward bound. temperature, weather, cold, heat, north, south, seasons
4367 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 26 Derwin J. Jeffries Automatic Crime Control Ol' Skinner's in the killin' game. Vigilante, criminals, punishment, control
4368 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 26 Derwin J. Jeffries The Woodshed Way Ol' Charley sez he can't agree. Vigilante, punishment, criminals, crime
4369 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 28 Derwin J. Jeffries The Blizzard O' Bull They call it "propaganda" now. Mass media, media, truthfulness, truth, lies,
4370 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 29 Derwin J. Jeffries Snowed There once was just a little news. Mass media, media, volume,
4371 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 29 Derwin J. Jeffries Public Relations No matter where we go these days. Control, sales, manipulation, persuasion
4372 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 29 Derwin J. Jeffries Being Herded! And men are driven into herds. Control, power,
4373 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 30 Derwin J. Jeffries Social Climbers And men still build their ladders up. Power, control, men
4374 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 30 Derwin J. Jeffries Success or Else! It's not what you have done that counts. Success, ethics, control, society
4375 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 30 Derwin J. Jeffries Image Building Be sure to watch important things. Impress, success, impressions, control, society
4376 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 31 Derwin J. Jeffries Opinion Polls Our "leaders" are. Government, popularity, politics, politicians, favoritism