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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
4652 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 103 Chuck Haas Th' Navajo's Plea He lain thar...dead...along th' way. Navajo, starvation, food, desolation, hunger, Indians, white men, greed, land, sheep, flock, flocks, treaty, vote, red skin, prejudice, Great White Father, freedom
4653 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 104 Chuck Haas Salty When a roper, like me gits t' "loopin'" too free. rope, roping, fall, crush, prairie dog, steer, broken bones
4654 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 105 Chuck Haas Th' Saddle Tramp Th' cowboy is famous in song, rhyme, an' story. drifter, lazy, laziness, chuckline, chuck line, handouts
4655 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 106 Chuck Haas Th' Peccary Th' peccary tromps o'er th' land. wild boar, pig, gored, tusk, scar
4656 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 108 Chuck Haas A Queersome "Tail" Weird-cut designs o' rock, piled high. night
4657 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 109 Chuck Haas No Finer Feelin' When y'u've chased th' day, hard ridin'. work, cow camp, food, rest, camping
4658 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 110 Chuck Haas Gladful Ever lope fer camp at twilight. evening, sundown, night, sunset
4659 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 111 Chuck Haas Top Fish A li'l trout swum up th' stream. fishing
4660 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 112 Chuck Haas A Stinkin' Shame I's herdin' dudes fer Circle-L. skunk, smell, odor
4661 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 113 Chuck Haas A Top Hand Man...if yu pack a yearn' t' be a cowboy. work
4662 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 114 Chuck Haas Right Now, Boy! `Twas a long spell ago: Me an' Big Pete Bordo. wife, woman, female, marriage, housekeeping, housework, home, servant, perfection
4663 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 115 Chuck Haas Th' Road Runner He is knowed in th' West as a raucous-voiced pest. bird, hunt, snake, diamond back, Chaparral Cock, kill, speed, race
4664 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 116 Chuck Haas Range Style I'm lean an' lanky-built an' ruff? clothing, clothes, jeans, levis, Justin boots, Stetson hat, Colt
4665 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 117 Chuck Haas A-Waitin' Jest a-sittin' an' a-waitin'. waiting, dentist, tooth, teeth
4666 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 118 Chuck Haas Our Worst Range Pest We's ar'in...`bout our wust range pest? argue, skunk, porcupine, rattlesnake, Gila monster, scorpion, tarantula, centipede, fire ant, insects, wildlife, bed bug, pests
4667 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 120 Chuck Haas Ever'way It's y'ars; yit I `member! everyway, memories, Mormon, deacon, Zeb Smith, Zebulon, good advice, Kaibab Range, Utah
4668 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 121 Chuck Haas Buenos Noches Days chores are over, pard. night, sleep, rest, dream, camp
4669 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 122 Chuck Haas Desertology A drop o' rain...a cacty wren...a worm. desert, ecology, wildlife, cycles,
4670 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 123 Chuck Haas Dreamin' Dreamin'...allus dreamin' o' th' long ago. dreaming, trail herd, riding range, past, memories, aging
4671 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 124 Chuck Haas Gran-paw's Advice When I wuz young...some y'ars ago? grandpa, grandpa's, grandfather, grandma, grandmother, wife, marriage, mother, father, family, tradition
4672 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 125 Chuck Haas The Greasy-Sacker Good morn', cowboy...time fer us t' ride. sleep, lazy, tired, work
4673 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 126 Chuck Haas Shor Thankful I's lazin' in th' Long-Horn Bar. east, west, writer, writers, authors, author, writing, experience
4674 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 127 Chuck Haas Th' Sour-Dough Can Boys, jest speak o' it an' y'u'll see a grin flit. sourdough, food, foodways, eating, biscuits, biscuit, flapjacks, pancakes
4675 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 128 Chuck Haas Dam'd Bob-Wire It's no more we'll ride o' th' back trails, boys. barbed wire, progress, range, freedom, fence, fencing
4676 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 129 Chuck Haas Day-Dreamin' Don't Pay `Twuz in Arizony...I's restin' my pony. Arizona, day dreaming, turtle