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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
4552 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 15 Gail I. Gardner Show Boy I used to know a cowboy. contest, contests, rodeo, city, prize, change, work
4553 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 16 Gail I. Gardner Tribute to an Honest Old Pony You can sing of Nancy Hanks. racing, fame, Strawberry Roan, Curley Fletcher, friendship
4554 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 17 Gail I. Gardner Ore Train Yoke up the steers. mining, mine, ore, smelter, ox, oxen, heart, treasure, men, depth
4555 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 18 Gail I. Gardner Forgotten Wheels From the cunning of the wheelwright. wheel, wagon, progress, west, building, change, oak, iron, settlement, settlers, pioneers
4556 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 19 Gail I. Gardner The Firemen's Mascot The firemen have some bright red wagons. fireman, profession, occupation, horn, bull, alert
4557 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 20 Gail I. Gardner Verses with a Modest Christmas Present We are giving each other no presents. alcohol, liquor, brew, drink, drinking, barleycorn
4558 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 21 Gail I. Gardner Baby of Mine What are you looking at, Baby of mine? child, father, children, dreams, youth, childhood
4559 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 21 Gail I. Gardner To Delia, 1950 I still can dig a noble ditch. aging, fifty, age, chores, work, health, birthday, fiftieth
4560 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 22 Gail I. Gardner Cowboy to Postmaster You have heard the story of Buster Jig. retirement, pension, government job, work, occupation, profession, aging, change
4561 Orejana Bull: For Cowboys Only FC 11 G-16 23 Gail I. Gardner Old Cowboys Don't Die As I walked out in the streets of old Prescott. death, aging, old age
4562 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 1 Chuck Haas Hyar's Hopin' Folks, I ain't no poet. poetry, fun, enjoyment, cowland stories, cowboy lingo, range life, roping
4563 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 2 Chuck Haas The Cowboy's Heritage In th' heart o' th' fust explorers? westward movement, freedom, Indians, gun-fire, Mexicano, pioneers, nature, beauty, West, scent
4564 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 3 Chuck Haas Ropin' Yu kin take "shinny-on-hossback." polo, dude name, golf, tennis, baseball, football, sports, thrill, forty-foot-lass-rope
4565 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 4 Chuck Haas Pawnee Bill Thar's a spot in Oklahomy. nature, animals, Blue Hawk, chief, Indians, council, gathering, war, frontier, changes, evolution, Major Gordon W. Lillie
4566 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 6 Chuck Haas I'd Tell a Man! "I'd tell a man" . . . if such could be? prairie, nature, vast land, freedom, grub, camp, Arizony, Arizona
4567 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 7 Chuck Haas My Ol' Stetson Y'u shor had a heap o' usin'. friendship, cowpokes, Canada, Mexico, usefulness, hat, comrade, sturdiness
4568 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 8 Chuck Haas So Long, Will High in th' roof a new star gleams t'night. West, Oklahoma, Cherokee Kid, Big Corral, Alaska, Maine, Frisco, Mexico, past times, memories
4569 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 9 Chuck Haas Boots Th' cowboy is a prideful sort o' hombre? style, fashion, Stetson, hat, saddle
4570 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 10 Chuck Haas Y'u Know Slim Jenkins wuz a top cowhand. shin-dig, Sally, quarrels, romance
4571 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 11 Chuck Haas A Lucky Cowboy I'm a lucky cowboy, 'cause I ramble. land, nature, range, single, bachelor, carefree, Stetson hat
4572 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 13 Chuck Haas Th' Ol' Bronc-Peeler's Song "Yip-pee! I'm a ol' bronc-peeler. taming horses, fight, break horses, pride
4573 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 14 Chuck Haas Jest A-Sittin' Jest a-sittin', an' a-thinkin' ? peace, herding, calves, branding
4574 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 16 Chuck Haas Whar I Belong I yearn to be whar I belong. Golden West, Arizony, Arizona, mesquite, sage, suguaros, cactus, nature, longing, happiness
4575 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 17 Chuck Haas Charley's Gone Montana ain't quite as it wuz a-fore! West, friend, death, loss, pioneer courage, character, Great Divide, Big Boss
4576 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 18 Chuck Haas Yes Sush A bunch o' us ol' rannyhans. Fancy Dan, liquor, licker, Oklahomy, Oklahoma, sheriff, shooting, whiskey, desert dew, alcohol, stories