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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
5202 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 52 Charlie Hunt Bull Dogger You break from the box an' so does yer hazer. bull dogging, rodeo, luck
5203 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 53 Charlie Hunt Rodeo Rider I looked mighty cute as I crawled up the chute. throwed, bronco busting, bronc riding
5204 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 54 Charlie Hunt Arena at Night The crowd's gone home. tranquility, peace, peacefulness, night, evening, rodeo, relaxation, tension
5205 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 56 Charlie Hunt Jughaid Yo're face is dished, yo`re eyes are small. ride, rodeo, horse, draw
5206 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 59 Charlie Hunt Cow Pony in Winter Frosty breath froze on yo're nostrils. horse, winter, snow, cold, feed, work
5207 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 60 Charlie Hunt Cowhorse I rode t' town t'other night. cow pony, work, movies, motion pictures, horse
5208 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 61 Charlie Hunt Panther Lady Proud and brave you stood there. horse, freedom, shy
5209 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 61 Charlie Hunt Rebel All yo're years out on the range. freedom, horse, wild, mustang, tame
5210 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 62 Charlie Hunt Cracker Long legs wobblin', red coat glistening'. horse, colt
5211 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 62 Charlie Hunt Cherry Nine years old when first I saw you. horse, gentle, tame
5212 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 65 Charlie Hunt The Campfire Did you ever sit by the campfire. camp fire, night, stars, moon, herding, owl, coyote
5213 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 66 Charlie Hunt Iowa's Appomattox Fort Sumpter (they all taught us in our Yankee history class). school, bell, Civil War, clapper, South Carolina, Indiana, Iowa
5214 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 68 Charlie Hunt Snow in the Pines Have you ever been in a forest of pines. winter, nature
5215 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 71 Charlie Hunt Pinto Beans an' Bread Fillin' out an application to get a job in town. work, employment, food, poverty, money, ranch, Old Oleo, spread
5216 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 72 Charlie Hunt Hank's Cowboy Cadillac I went to town t'other day. truck, Dodge, Ford, pickup, credit, money, can, rest room, restroom salesman
5217 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 74 Charlie Hunt Twine Strings I love the smell of new mown hay. hay bales, broken string
5218 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 74 Charlie Hunt Hoofprints in the Mud Did ya' ever walk across the lot when it was frozen mud. hoofprint, track, corral
5219 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 75 Charlie Hunt Ol' Sorghum A cowboy I knew down in Texas. sweet, addiction, barrel, tongue, opportunity
5220 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 76 Charlie Hunt The Full Cowboy A cowboy stood in a crowded bar. Baxter Black, beer, bladder, men's room, kidneys, relief, bar, pocket
5221 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 78 Charlie Hunt A Western Trail Ridin' down a Western trail. west, trail riding
5222 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 81 Charlie Hunt Guardians of Tradition We gathered out in Elko. gathering, cowboy poetry, poets
5223 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 82 Roy Miller Rodeo Routine When I was but a young man, and growing into my prime. rodeo, ride, bucking bronco, throwed, saddle bronc, routine, competition
5224 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 84 Molli Anderson Utter Despair Sitting on the toilet sneezing. toilet paper, help
5225 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 85 Nyle A. Henderson How Many Cows? A fella from town stopped by the other day. cattle ranching, loss, gain
5226 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 86 Bob Ross Old Grass in the Spring The days are getting longer. hay, grass, feed