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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
5177 West of East FC 11 H-17 160 Harry Elmore Hurd Epitaph for a Poet When I am dead, write this of me. poetry, simplicity, beauty, nature
5178 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 5 Charlie Hunt There's Concrete on the Prairie I saw an old cowboy last week in the mall. cowboy, aging, old-age, history, past, change, husband, wife, life, couple
5179 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 6 Charlie Hunt Milking Time When I was just a tiny lad. cows, milk, milch cow, child, son, father, childhood, family, home, memories, past, change, aging
5180 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 8 Charlie Hunt The Puddin' Eaters I ate puddin' with Dustin last night. pudding, eating, child, grandpa, grandfather, grandchild, boy, family
5181 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 8 Charlie Hunt The Sheep Rider Rian has growed to eleven years old. grandchild, grandfather, grandpa, girl, child, family, sheep riding, rodeo, boots
5182 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 10 Charlie Hunt Badlands Music In the badlands of North Dakota. night, coyote, 1965, wildness, wildlife, civilization, music
5183 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 12 Charlie Hunt Old Bucks and Young Bucks I may not look too good right now. aging, food, eating, fat, experience, muscles, change
5184 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 13 Charlie Hunt King Size Cowboy A shirt of bird's egg blue. child, childhood, parent, youth
5185 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 14 Charlie Hunt Korczak -- Story Teller in Stone Your young men shall dream dreams. storyteller, Chief Crazy Horse, mountain, stone, stone carver ?, monument
5186 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 19 Charlie Hunt Third Generation I woke up this mornin' while the sun was still in bed. morning, chores, work, generations, father, grandfather, son, family, farm, cattleman, ranch, cattlemen
5187 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 21 Charlie Hunt Cowman -- 1984 The cattle price is not so hot? bank, banker, banks, debt, bills, owing, politics, president, Ronald Reagan, government, free enterprise, God, belief, gratitude
5188 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 23 Charlie Hunt Spring Mornin' There's a mother cow a bawlin' over yonder in the draw. morning, dawn, calving, birth, Christ, belief, God, afterlife, death
5189 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 25 Charlie Hunt Thanksgiving in the Hills It's turkey time on our Ranch this week. gratitude, thankfulness, God, belief
5190 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 27 Charlie Hunt Goodnight, Old Pard! Wal, howdy, hoss...it's been a day. work, horse, occupation, job, cowboy
5191 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 30 Charlie Hunt Slim Buttes Buckaroos It seems jist a couple weeks ago. preaching, church, trail ride, Dakota, God, belief, Christianity, religion, preach
5192 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 34 Charlie Hunt My Fencin' Pardner Me an' the Lord built fence today. city, town, fence, fencing, blisters, work, wire, belief, God, creator
5193 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 39 Charlie Hunt A Rodeo Career I've rodeoed from Lake of the Woods. retirement, aging, old age, past, memories
5194 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 40 Charlie Hunt The Bareback Rider I settled my riggin' onto the back. Cactus Jack, bronc, bronco, bucking, rodeo, throwed
5195 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 42 Charlie Hunt Calf Roper I've roped some calves an' tied a few. calf roping, partner, pardner
5196 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 43 Charlie Hunt Saddle Bronc Rider I drawed an ol' bronco called "Bank Overdraft." rodeo, throwed, bucking bronc
5197 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 44 Charlie Hunt The Bull Rider I'd paid my dues in the old R.C.A. gate, bull riding, throwed, trampled, trompled, pulling gate, rodeo
5198 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 46 Charlie Hunt Mr. Pronouncer Barebacks, saddle broncs, an' bulls. rodeo, work, employment, announcer, job, megaphone
5199 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 48 Charlie Hunt The North Star Stampede The state was Minnesota. contest, rodeo, Effie, haze, fairgrounds, Baudette, rain, weather, mud
5200 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 50 Charlie Hunt Team Roper I've never tried team ropin'. experience, roping, rodeo
5201 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 51 Charlie Hunt The Clown Wal, I'd given up the rough stock. rodeo, bulls, work