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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
4727 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 182 Chuck Haas The Grave-Yard Watch I bets you ol' hands kin `member. graveyard watch, night herding
4728 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 184 Chuck Haas Eighty Y'ars Eighty y'ars I've rid, unfailing'. eighty years, aging, old age
4729 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 185 Chuck Haas Go t'...Dad I wuz a poor lone cowboy. courtship, love, proposal, rebuff
4730 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 186 Chuck Haas He Did Wa'nt no denyin' him! talk, words, argue, opinion
4731 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 187 Chuck Haas Good Medicine We's huntin' slicks, me an' ol' Tom Dunn. philosophy
4732 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 188 Chuck Haas Sort o' Humble Y'u've heard cowboys brag, "I ain't never been th'owed?" humility, brag, bragging, ego, throwed, bucked
4733 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 189 Chuck Haas A Big Surprise I's strollin' `round Ol' Wickenburg, in style. hunger, need, needy, female, woman, poverty, aid, help, generosity, giving
4734 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 190 Chuck Haas Fer Me I aim t' quit this eastern range. east, west, Boston, Arizona
4735 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 191 Chuck Haas A Cowboy's Coat o' Arms O' I'm a knight o' the saddle. coat of arms, occupation, work, cowboy
4736 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 192 Chuck Haas Li'l Cowboy's Gone Li'l cowboy's gone! He's ridin'. son, child, death, loss, love lost, rattlesnake, poison, bite
4737 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 193 Chuck Haas I Know `Twas nigh th' end o' a late fall day? grave, death, loss, child, burial, son, father
4738 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 194 Chuck Haas Billito Down in sunny Arizony. colt, horse
4739 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 195 Chuck Haas No Quitter Our "cookie"...Ol' Chuckwagon Pete...r'ile dat fate. cook, wagon, chuck, chuckwagon, repair, breakdown
4740 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 196 Chuck Haas My Home Jest a ol' ranch-house, squat' in th' valley. home, ranch, family, grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, grandma, grandpa, growing up, memories
4741 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 198 Chuck Haas Sleep, Baby, Sleep Well do I `member th' eve' I wuz `lopin'. wife, mother, baby, cabin, lullaby, family, singing, song
4742 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 199 Chuck Haas Sittin' Purty `Taint so hard to keep a-smilin'. life, strengths, weaknesses, woes, joys
4743 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 200 Chuck Haas Dam' Bad! I once met a hombre. writer, author, books, tall tale, liar, lying, writing, motion picture, movie, movies, westerns
4744 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 202 Chuck Haas A Queersome Cuss A cowboy is a queersome cuss. occupation, profession, job, work
4745 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 203 Chuck Haas Back Home Back home...frum France...in my Levi pants. levis, jeans, World War I, WW I, Doughboy, patriotism, home
4746 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 204 Chuck Haas Cowboy Life `Twas a bleak day in November. herding, lightning, work, occupation, thunder, storm, death, killed, roundup
4747 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 206 Chuck Haas I'd Like to Know Whar are th' sweethearts we used t' know. female, women, girls, romance, memories
4748 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 207 Chuck Haas I'm Tellin' Y'u Ever rid th' home-trail, waddy. outdoors, range, nature
4749 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 208 Chuck Haas Dam' Glad `Boys, time has shor made changes. change, progress, fences, fence, barbed wire, range, memories, past
4750 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 210 Chuck Haas Th' Horny-Toad Th' horny-toad. . .if he war blest. horny toad, reptile
4751 Rhymes o' a Driftin' Cowboy FC 11 H-01 211 Chuck Haas Good-night, Do'gies Quit y'ur fitful bawlin', do'gies. dogies, fitful, night herding