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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
4402 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 49 Derwin J. Jeffries Lost in the Herd While once each felt a bond to each. society
4403 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 50 Derwin J. Jeffries The West is Almost Lost I'm sure that most of us had fun. west, east
4404 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 51 Derwin J. Jeffries The Stockyards The city? It's a stockyard sure. city
4405 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 62 Bruce Kiskaddon The Rope Hoss You have heard of cuttin' hosses and all the things they knew. horse, horses, cutting horse, roping horse
4406 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 63 Bruce Kiskaddon Colts A little colt is purty, you can see it mighty plain. horse, horses, brand, branding, tender hide, kick, kicking
4407 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 65 Bruce Kiskaddon The Brandin' Corral When the west was all on settled and there wasn't no bob wire. branding, unsettled, barbed wire, branding chutes, change, past, progress, smoke, branding fluid
4408 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 67 Bruce Kiskaddon Thinkin' It's an easy job herdin' Parada. Yore old hoss is standin' close. clouds, sky, thinking, laziness, city, town, people, smoking, cigarettes, contemplation
4409 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 69 Bruce Kiskaddon Lockin' Horns When bulls start to beller and paw up the dust. locking, bull, trouble, fight, lock, butt
4410 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 71 Bruce Kiskaddon The Cow and the Calf A cow and a calf, or a calf and a cow. beef, foundation, mothers, motherhood, cow sense, brand, protection, identity, identification
4411 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 73 Bruce Kiskaddon The Cow Boy's Shirt Tail There is one thing people inquire about. cowboy's shirttail, work, clothes, clothing, levis
4412 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 75 Bruce Kiskaddon A Calf's Troubles A calf don't do no workin, all he does is stick around. abuse, laziness, lazy, work, calves
4413 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 77 Bruce Kiskaddon The Marking Knife He sheds his big hat when he gits into town. knife, pocketknife, blade, marking cattle, tool, tools, whittling, foot, stirrup, caught, fall, saddle, latigo
4414 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 79 Bruce Kiskaddon Caught Nappin' You caint exactly figger what a half broke hoss will do. thought, thinking, napping, bucked off, bucking, throwed, bronco, boots, sore feet, horse
4415 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 9 Bruce Kiskaddon An Old Western Town An old western town lay asleep in the sun. saddle, loose cinches, drunk, commotion, confusion, team, runaway, store keeper
4416 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 11 Bruce Kiskaddon The General Store Would you like to saddle your hoss once more. gathering, stove, storytelling, liar, winter
4417 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 12 Bruce Kiskaddon Alkali Ike's Zippers "Now speakin' of Zippers," sez Alkali Ike. button, buttons, clothes, clothing, pants, stuck zipper, urination
4418 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 13 Bruce Kiskaddon A Cowboy Funeral There was once a cow boy funeral that I many times recall. death, burial, ritual, rites, words, ceremony, resurrection
4419 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 14 Bruce Kiskaddon A Spill To turn gentle cattle is easy enough. wild cattle, danger, fall, injury, hurt, pain, work
4420 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 14 Bruce Kiskaddon Alone The hills git awful quiet, when you have to camp alone. solitude, aloneness, thought, thinking, reflection, self-evaluation
4421 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 15 Bruce Kiskaddon Ants in His Pants From the way this here old cowboy is takin' off his pants. cowboy, insect, red ants, levis
4422 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 16 Bruce Kiskaddon A Fast Start They are leavin' from there but they ain't goin' far. saddle, riding, cinch, easy, slow, pace, pacing
4423 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 16 Bruce Kiskaddon He Didn't Belong In camp he was awkward. care, carelessness, careful, wrong
4424 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 17 Bruce Kiskaddon Hook Em' Cow You read of fierce bulls in the stories and books. bull, horn, horns, fight
4425 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 18 Bruce Kiskaddon The Marking Knife He sheds his big hat when he gits into town.
4426 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 19 Bruce Kiskaddon An Experiment I'm jest a old hard and fast "Rimmy." dally, steer, rope, roping, lasso, tie