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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
4702 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 156 Chuck Haas Yaller We's trailin' beef...me an' Jed Coe? trailing beef, varmints, skunk, pest, pests, wildlife
4703 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 157 Chuck Haas Ol' Roany Hyar's th' tale, boys `bout Ol' Roany. Texas longhorn, longhorns, steer, death, standing
4704 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 158 Chuck Haas Thank'ee Yep! Stranger...thet's ol' "Thank'ee Zame." prayer, gratitude
4705 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 159 Chuck Haas Thet's My Opine We's restin' in th' skimpy shade. opinion, Adam, Eve, Garden of Eden
4706 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 160 Chuck Haas Camp Cooks Boys! Have yu noticed thet most camp-cooks. food, foodways, occupation, cook, grub, eating
4707 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 161 Chuck Haas Cattle Kings Soft thud o' hoofs...faint clink o' spur. mavericks, maverick, boss, work, strays
4708 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 162 Chuck Haas I'm One I'm jest a ol'-time cowpoke...doin' my best. cowboy, occupation, work
4709 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 163 Chuck Haas I Wins Way back down East...I think `twar Maine. down east, female, woman, eastern, courtship, marriage, twins, westerner, easterner
4710 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 164 Chuck Haas Swappin' Tall-Tales Thar's one time thet cowboys `member. November, autumn, tall tale, lying, liar, leg pulling
4711 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 165 Chuck Haas Takes a Heap It shor takes a heap o' ridin'. top hand, experience, courage, endurance, self control
4712 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 166 Chuck Haas Panny-Cakes Shor gives my mem'ry 'herd th' shakes. pancakes, flapjacks, food, eating, breakfast, youth, memories, foodways, family, mother, father, children, boyhood
4713 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 168 Chuck Haas Th' Hoss Us cowboys pack love an' respect. horse
4714 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 169 Chuck Haas How come? How come, in pictur's, cowboys are lean. how come, movies, motion picture
4715 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 170 Chuck Haas Leppy Bill Gether close, y'u rancher maidens. courtship, marriage, boyfriend, girlfriend, shy, shyness
4716 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 171 Chuck Haas Jog Slow, Ol' Hoss Th' stars wink gayful at th' moon? night herding, life
4717 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 172 Chuck Haas Varmints We'd stop t' stretch an' `joy a smoke. varmint, female, gender, wildlife, animals
4718 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 173 Chuck Haas Whoopee Charley EE-yow! Hi-yah! Yip-pee! It's my night t' "blow." money, celebration, liquor, alcohol, drunk
4719 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 174 Chuck Haas I Have Have you ever rid `underneath th' cloudless blue. mourning, love lost, girlfriend, heartache
4720 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 175 Chuck Haas A Ol'-Time Greetin' Th' sizzin' sun spilled heat-waves on th' town? heat, welcome, hospitality, acceptance
4721 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 176 Chuck Haas South o' th' Border Where th' Rio Grandy ripples? south of the border, Rio Grande, Mexico
4722 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 177 Chuck Haas Springtime Shor is Here Range is purty. . .all a-bloom. spring
4723 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 178 Chuck Haas Th' Mustang He wasn't what you folks call "a beauty." horse
4724 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 179 Chuck Haas He's Y'urn Y'ars back...down on th' Gila...whilst ridin' fer Bar Cross. horse, money, sell, sale, buy, poverty, need
4725 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 180 Chuck Haas Wild Hosses In th' back-hills o' th' rangelands? horse, horses, mustang, progress, change, loss
4726 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 181 Chuck Haas A Grim Manana In a quaint ol' adobe doorway. woman, female, aging, memories, past, snake, snakebite, life history