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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.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
4977 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 57 Jack Horan My Silk Shirt I caught up my top hoss. clothing, clothes, school teacher, horse, willow trees
4978 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 59 Jack Horan A Friend to Man Say, friends, to see the cars today. cars, automobile, progress, change, transportation
4979 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 60 Jack Horan Cold Leather It was a frosty morning. cold, frost, snow, saddle, bet, wager, buck, bucking horse
4980 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 62 Jack Horan The Fair of `94 The first time that I saw you, Pal. fair, rodeo, Black Eagle Park, 1894, past, history, change, chute, bucking
4981 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 63 Jack Horan A Cowboy's Dream Your old cayuse is turned to graze. home, camp, girlfriend, memories, thoughts, dreams
4982 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 65 Jack Horan Lost Say, Pal, were you ever caught. blizzard, snow, weather, horse, direction, confusion, disoriented
4983 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 66 Jack Horan From Saddle to Automobile Say, friend, I've drove some snakey broncs. car, automobile, driving, progress, mechanization, gas pedal
4984 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 68 Jack Horan The Buzztail Jimmie and I are drifting. snake, rattlesnake, rattler, horse, startle, prairie dog mound
4985 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 70 Jack Horan The Boss' Pet The boss said, "Chuck, you run her in." bucking bronco, horse, trick, joke, prank
4986 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 72 Jack Horan Drouth Remember Nineteen, nineteen. drought, 1919, dry, water, steer, cattle, prices
4987 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 73 Jack Horan Shaw Buttes See old Shaw Buttes over yonder. 1919, drouth, drought, water, valley, dry, river
4988 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 74 Jack Horan The Ridin' Kid A lad rode up to the camp one day. greenhorn, tenderfoot, Tennessee, joke, prank, test
4989 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 76 Jack Horan The Teton Pioneers Friends, I'll not forget you. past, history, reunion, dance, celebration, commemoration, friendship, west, old-timers
4990 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 77 Jack Horan Eddie's Vocabulary Eddie was a top hand. grammar, language, English, correction, practical joke, prank, trick, swearing
4991 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 80 Jack Horan The Old Barn Dance Slim and I were drifting. dancing, pants, rip, embarrassment, embarrass, overalls
4992 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 82 Jack Horan Jack Castle Rides That Old Pony He's from the west you can tell by a glance. westerner, Strawberry Roan, ride, riding, bucking bronco
4993 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 85 Jack Horan A Relic of the Range He was a real cow pony once. cow pony, harness, collar, change, aging, horse
4994 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 86 Jack Horan Pals Charlie Russell and I were pals. roundup, past, history, memories
4995 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 87 Jack Horan C.M. Russell -- Montana's Own You all know C.M. Russell. Charles, Charlie, art, artist, painting, Montana, progress, change, automobile, car, fence, fences, history, eulogy
4996 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 89 Jack Horan In Memory In memory of our artist. Montana, Charlie Russell, Charles, C.M., artist, painting, art, change, old west, past, eulogy, bygone days
4997 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 90 Jack Horan To My Friend Sid At the Mint you find Sid Willis. Montana, souvenirs, past, memories, history, change, art, artist, canvas, painting, west, collection, Charlie Russell, Charles, C.M.
4998 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 92 Jack Horan Arrival of "Will" at Great Falls Will Rogers sailed into Great Falls. transportation, airplane, stagecoach, celebrity
4999 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 94 Jack Horan Bucking Head Winds See that article, by Rogers. Will Rogers, airplane, headwinds, bucking
5000 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 95 Jack Horan Through Night to Light In the Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh, airplane, flight, Paris
5001 Burnt Leather FC 11 H-16 96 Jack Horan To Lone Cowboy It was down on the Crow Reservation. Will James, author, artist, alone, aloneness, painting, solitude