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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
4677 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 130 Chuck Haas How Would Y'u How would y'u like t' be, ag'in. How would you, past, aging
4678 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 131 Chuck Haas Hap' Our ol' bunkhouse ain't th' same. sheriff, outlaw, arrest
4679 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 132 Chuck Haas Thet Ol' Look-In Glass I'll bet y'u all `member it, boys, like I do! That Old Looking Glass, mirror, bunkhouse
4680 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 133 Chuck Haas Dolores Happened in Sonora. I wuz seekin' fight fer fun. wife, fight, courtship, love, romance, triangle
4681 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 134 Chuck Haas Howdy Thar's a greetin' o' th' west. greeting, friendliness, hello
4682 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 135 Chuck Haas Ol' Mose Mose wuz old...tho didn't show it! Black, poet, race, song, singing
4683 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 136 Chuck Haas Politeness Shor Pays We's haid' fer th' ranch on a short-cut, one day. politeness sure pays, bear, grizzly
4684 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 148 Chuck Haas Dam' Good Sense I kaint figger how come bosses. damn, horse, bucking, dally, reins
4685 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 147 Chuck Haas Did Yu Ever? Did yu ever set a-lazin'. did you ever, cattle, drink, waterhole, sinkhole, water
4686 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 146 Chuck Haas Do'gies Oh, li'l do'gies spraddled `round. dogies, night herding
4687 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 145 Chuck Haas Queersome Critters Boys, thar's been a heap o' changes. change, longhorns, Brahma
4688 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 144 Chuck Haas Bellyful Broke! `Way up hyar in Montany. Montana, pay, wages, money, poverty
4689 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 143 Chuck Haas Comanche Thet's Comanche. . .my ol' ropin' pony. cow pony, horse, aging
4690 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 142 Chuck Haas Thet Ol' Copper Kittle Y'u kin sing o' th' "Old Oaken Bucket." That old copper kettle, kitchen, stove, food, foodways
4691 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 141 Chuck Haas Thet-a-Way I'm tellin' y'u, waddies, I shor git th' "proddies." That a way, movies, motion pictures
4692 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 140 Chuck Haas Thar's Joy Cowboyin' Out hyar I ain't tied down by fashion. cowboying
4693 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 139 Chuck Haas Please Gi'me a saddle...a rope...a gun. give me, longing, homesickness, prayer
4694 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 138 Chuck Haas Un-sartin' Boys, I ain't no hand t' scold. uncertain, widow, marriage, retirement, aging
4695 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 137 Chuck Haas Pete Passes We sat thar, 'round his blanket, when Pete passed! cards, poker, game, recreation
4696 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 150 Chuck Haas Th' Storm Have you rid th' open spaces. storm, weather, clouds, thunder, lightning
4697 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 151 Chuck Haas Ridin' Schools I's strollin' up night Central Park. riding, New York City
4698 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 152 Chuck Haas Chili Kind o' funny, ain't it son. food, foodways, eating, beans
4699 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 153 Chuck Haas Cow-work Ranch life `pears romantic to most folks, I grants. work
4700 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 154 Chuck Haas Shor Feels Good Yip-ee! Boys, fall works is over. Sure, work, autumn, holidays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, food, winter
4701 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 155 Chuck Haas Th' Rail-Bird Have y'u noted, in y'ur rambles. big mouth, opinion, opinionated, know it all, bossy