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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
4577 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 19 Chuck Haas Out Hyar "Out hyar th' weather's hot ...an' cold? nature, rain, sunshine, cacty, alkali, dangers, complaints
4578 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 20 Chuck Haas Who Will Care Y' boys have met th' cuss we dread? loud-mouth, grub-line, Big Bill Hendrick, DutchAnny, lies, stories, braggart, Ol' Nick
4579 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 21 Chuck Haas `Zackly Folks...on a cow-ranch, in th' West. work, rest, West, drink, payday, pay day, relaxation, writer, writers, town
4580 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 22 Chuck Haas Reel-istic-like `Cause he let his six-guns fly out. realistic like, two gun kid, gun slinger, six shooter, gun fight, movies, motion picture, Hoot Gibson
4581 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 24 Chuck Haas Windies Shor I'm a o'-timer! Trailed most ever'where. old timer, pride, hard times, misfortune, ride chuckline, chuck-line, chuck line
4582 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 25 Chuck Haas Perfect A yeller sun in a turquoise sky. romance, courtship, love, marriage, range
4583 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 26 Chuck Haas Chaw-Terbacky Bill Boys called him "Chaw-TerbackyBill." chew tobacco, chewing tobacco, spit, tobacco juice, humor
4584 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 27 Chuck Haas One Mawnin' Th' dark has sifted to' th west. morning, sunrise, cow camp, herding, work, occupational lore
4585 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 28 Chuck Haas Ol' Scoocum Bill Ol' Scoocum Bill o' th' Rafter Cross. bronc buster, bronco busting, twister, hand, occupation, expert
4586 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 29 Chuck Haas I'm Haid fer Arizona I'm haid fer Arizona! Boys! Soon I'll split th' breeze. home, friendship, crowds, range
4587 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 30 Chuck Haas Aggravatin' Boys, it's shor plum' aggravatin'. aggravating, aggravation, theft, stealing, money, winnings, woman, female, trick, sly, humor
4588 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 32 Chuck Haas Our Veterinary Some folks think he's a feller. veterinarian, doctor, doc, animal, animals
4589 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 33 Chuck Haas Injin Wile When a cowboy an' an Injin. Indian, trade, deal, white man, bargain, tobacco
4590 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 34 Chuck Haas Our Reward Did yu ever loop a hoss from out th' cavvy. horse, Sandy, hat, thief, stealing, reward, bucking
4591 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 35 Chuck Haas Injin Summer Howdy stranger? Purty weather? autumn, fall, winter, seasons, October
4592 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 36 Chuck Haas O' th' Long Ago Out West...in th' cattle country. past, memories, milk cow, milch cow, humor
4593 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 37 Chuck Haas In a Creakin' Saddle In a creakin' saddle...I lope frum camp. cow camp, night herding, herd, storm, stampede, cattle
4594 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 38 Chuck Haas A Ill's Smoke We's ridin' drag on a stragy herd. herd, herding, cattle, stampede, storm, tobacco, work, occupation, exhaustion, tired, sleep, hungry, hunger
4595 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 40 Chuck Haas It's True T'was on spring brandin'...hot as hell! Noah, branding, bee, animals, flood, work, ark
4596 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 41 Chuck Haas Th' Ol' "Timer" I `member when Dad built thet clock. time, past, history, memories
4597 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 42 Chuck Haas It Shor Do I stood at th' Canyon's edges. Great Plateau, rim, canyon, conversation, preacher, nature
4598 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 43 Chuck Haas Ol' Spot Forty year I' been a-ridin'. horse, cow pony, riding, roping
4599 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 44 Chuck Haas Well Loaded Oft' I mind that day in Big Mike's Caffay. cafe, guitar, strumming, music, song, memories, gun fight, murder, shot, death, bar, drink, drunk
4600 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 46 Chuck Haas Ol' Pack Rat I see y'u thar, you ill's cuss. animal, varmint, rodent, stealing
4601 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 47 Chuck Haas I Think I think...real poems ain't built o' words. poetry, nature, wilderness