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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
4627 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 76 Chuck Haas Nary One Ol' friend, I'd ruther be with y'u. friendship, horse, pardner, partner
4628 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 77 Chuck Haas Apache Yep! Thet's him thar, my ol' crony! Appaloosa, pony, horse
4629 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 78 Chuck Haas Li'l Buckskin Co'se y'u've nary won no prizes. horse, pony,
4630 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 79 Chuck Haas Look Up, Cowboy Whilst haid fer home, `bout ha'f way back. weather, winter, snow, seasons, beauty
4631 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 80 Chuck Haas Jest Me an' Y'u Gee! I'm loneful...spring is hyar. spring, longing, horse
4632 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 81 Chuck Haas Zip We's sot around th' fire one cold sleety day. zipper, zippers, levis, jeans, pants
4633 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 82 Chuck Haas More 'n Truth It's ethic, `boys, t' pack a runnin' ir'n. horse, brand, branding, calf
4634 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 83 Chuck Haas More 'n Thankful I know my tho'ts ain't "top," like y'urn, suh, Lord! gratitude, appreciation, belief, God, nature
4635 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 84 Chuck Haas My Pard He died today! My pard...a noble friend! horse
4636 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 85 Chuck Haas Like Its Pappy Whilst ridin' th' mesa one morn', huntin' strays. horse, Appaloosa, stallion, mare, mating, colt
4637 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 86 Chuck Haas Ketched-an'-Stretched Some cow-folk live reckless...plum-tuff fer t' beat. beef, meat, rustlers, rustling, eating, stealing, thief
4638 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 87 Chuck Haas Jest Waitin' Boys, th' West has changed with th' passin' y'ars. past, change, memories, history, yesterday
4639 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 88 Chuck Haas She Dudes Fer many y'ars I've had t' ride. Arizona, dude, female, women, city folk, dude ranch
4640 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 90 Chuck Haas Welcome? Arizony's packed with beauty. Arizona, tourist, tourists, city folk, dude, dudes, visitors
4641 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 91 Chuck Haas Juanita Juanita's right pritty. female, girl, woman, girlfriend
4642 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 92 Chuck Haas Us Boys "Savvy"! Most strangers think th' rangeland spooky. sound, noise, nature, quiet
4643 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 93 Chuck Haas Nuthin' Strange `Twas a raw day...late September. herding, stampede, death, tromped, killed, trampled, lightning, burial,
4644 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 94 Chuck Haas Sheep Big Bill Brady rid frum Texas. reward, outlaw, sheriff, sheep rancher
4645 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 96 Chuck Haas Thet Gal Juanita's peartsome...built t' please? female, woman, wife
4646 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 97 Chuck Haas Thet's Why A lank cowboy loped in t' town. hat, Stetson, clothing, clothes
4647 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 98 Chuck Haas `Til Skies Start A-Smilin' It's Indian summer...sun's warmish, but "thin." roundup, herding, autumn, fall, seasons, work,
4648 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 99 Chuck Haas Truthful Y'u've heerd queersome tales o' th' feller thet quales. top hand, courtship, love, boyfriend, girlfriend, bravery, brave, boast, bear, fright
4649 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 100 Chuck Haas Th' Dam' Thing Funny, how some folks mind licker! liquor, alcohol, locomotive, railroad, death, hit, drunk
4650 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 101 Chuck Haas Whar Do We Go Frum Hyar? Oh tell me, boys, o' th' cattle-lands. past, good old days, progress, change
4651 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 102 Chuck Haas No Appetite This cowgent' oncet...in Phoenix town? female, woman, girl, food, dinner, cost, expense, money, eat, eating, restaurant, menu