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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
4602 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 56 Chuck Haas Plum' Satisfied Oh, they call me a drifter...a rambling' cowboy. Arizona, home, wife, settle, settling, cowboy, satisfaction
4603 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 54 Chuck Haas Wait `Til T'Morrer A ill's caff romped wild an' free. calf, branding, cow, roundup, roping, humor
4604 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 53 Chuck Haas Shor's Hell Th' winter snows war light an' few. seasons, food, water, draught, drouth, Arizona
4605 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 52 Chuck Haas Saddle-Dreams When th' range all around me is sleepin'. night herding, girl friend, women, female, wife, love, courtship, dream, dreams
4606 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 51 Chuck Haas Th' Hills o' Arizony Boys, I've rambled fur an' fancy. Arizona, morning, nature, beauty
4607 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 50 Chuck Haas Hassayampa Sam Why shor, I'm Hassayampa Sam! Arizona, water, drink, liquor, alcohol, river
4608 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 49 Chuck Haas Hell's Belles We crossed trails one mornin', Slim Wiley an' me. women, female, gender
4609 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 48 Chuck Haas I' Druther I'druther laze `top a friendly hill. I'd rather, druther, work, occupation, occupational lore, crowds, town, land, range, job, preference
4610 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 57 Chuck Haas Poco Pete's Pe'an I mind, oncet Poco Pete an' me. horses, automobiles, cars, preference, travel
4611 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 58 Chuck Haas Gone Dixie, gal, y'ur cowboy's loneful! death, loneliness, lonesome, sorrow, love lost, wife
4612 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 59 Chuck Haas Gladly I mind when I wuz young an' roamed. Arizona, home, aging, old age, dying
4613 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 60 Chuck Haas Fall is Hyar When th' thin clouds start a-sailin'. levis, fall, clothing, work, aging, occupation, occupational lore
4614 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 61 Chuck Haas Don't Fence Me In I'm jest a ol'-time puncher, boys. aging, dying, bury, Great Divide, memories, old age
4615 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 62 Chuck Haas Un-Stoic Most all cowhands pack tuff tissue. lightning, weather, storm, struck, horse, death, pack horse
4616 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 64 Chuck Haas I Hope When my tho't-herd gits t' wander. campfire, camping, memories, songs, music, guitar, death, heaven
4617 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 65 Chuck Haas Th 'Cowboy's Pra'r Lord I know your mighty power. prayer, belief, church, devil, death, epitaph
4618 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 66 Chuck Haas Zippy Ol' Zippy stands thar drowsing', still. cow pony, horse
4619 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 67 Chuck Haas Levis `Twar forty y'ar ago, er more. past, Levi, jeans, store, pants
4620 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 68 Chuck Haas Cow-Thieving' I `spect thar's ol'-timers still living today. past, rustling, barbed wire, brand, brands, branding, changing, thief, rustler
4621 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 69 Chuck Haas Maw's Ace It's well I `member days o' yore. home, family, past, food, mother, father, foodways, pumpkin pie, eating, children, childhood
4622 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 70 Chuck Haas Fate? I figger fate will, soon er late. herd, herding, attack, cattle, horned, gored
4623 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 71 Chuck Haas Beef "Gals is gals," boys! Good pals. women, female, females, girls, food, eating
4624 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 72 Chuck Haas Lu-Ann Oncet...way out t' th' Four T-Down. courtship, boyfriend, girlfriend, marriage
4625 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 73 Chuck Haas Lone Bill's "Lay-Off" Some y'ars ago, up Big-Horn way. Will James, rustling, jail, layoff, railroad, cattle
4626 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 74 Chuck Haas Too Risky We's propped in th' Pink-Pony bar. life, fate, change, moving