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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
5227 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 88 Katherine Twomey Hangman's Hill Hangman's Hill was high and bleak. hanging, hanged, justice, injustice, trial, mistake, youth, innocent, innocence, horse thieves, rustlers, hanging tree
5228 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 90 Baxter Black The Big High and Lonesome The big high and lonesome's a place in my mind. place, nature, God, storm, lightning, blackness, wind, rain, thunder, humility
5229 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk Charlie Hunt FC 11 H-19 92 Glenn Ohrlin The Job That Pays the Best Well, there's some things I am quittin'. Marlboro cowboy, work, occupation, job, pay
5230 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 95 Charlie Hunt Sun an' Rain The sun is hittin' the pine trees. sun, rain, life, trials, variety
5231 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 96 Charlie Hunt The Cow or the Couch It's kinda dark this mornin', but it won't be dark for long. mental health, space, peace, God, belief, time
5232 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 97 Charlie Hunt God Loves Me I have been places where men shouldn't be. God, belief, Jesus Christ, love, saviour, heaven
5233 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 98 Charlie Hunt The Living Trees Are you like the tree in the sunshine. heart, belief, God, religion, Jesus Christ
5234 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 100 Charlie Hunt Troubles of the Mind Some folks seem to notice all the sadnesses of life. Jesus Christ, God, belief, appreciation, gratitude, thanks, sorrows, trials, troubles, blessings
5235 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 102 Charlie Hunt The Greater Need "I'll go with you, Jesus," said the one at the altar rail. Christianity, God, belief, religion, Jesus Christ, giving, gratitude, savior, appreciation, greed, selfishness
5236 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 103 Charlie Hunt Twenty Third Valley I went down in the Valley -- saw the shadow of death. Jesus Christ, Christianity, belief, religion, savior
5237 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 104 Charlie Hunt The Cowboy an' the Gatekeeper "Wall, howdy there, St. Peter, say this is sure just great. Saint Peter, belief, afterlife, heaven, religion, savior, Jesus Christ, saved
5238 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 105 Charlie Hunt Each Day, Lord Lord, you know those days. miracles, God, belief, gratitude, appreciation
5239 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 106 Charlie Hunt The Three in One Brand I may not be much of a cowboy. brand, religion, belief, God, Christianity, Jesus Christ, savior
5240 For Cowboys, Campers an' Common Folk FC 11 H-19 109 Charlie Hunt The Cowboy's Twenty-Third Psalm The Lord is my owner -- my cattleman -- my cowboy.
5241 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 34 Fred Hardy Son A feller likes to listen and see what goin' on. family, mother, father, baby, son, boy, youth, prayer
5242 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 35 Fred Hardy My Conscience I sat one day pondering upon my life and all. God, belief, prayer, truth, gospel, religion, Mormon
5243 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 35 Fred Hardy A Cowboy's Life Yes, for forty years I've been a cowboy a ridin on the range. life, occupation, job, work, cowboying, appreciation
5244 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 36 Fred Hardy My Little Brey Mare That little brey mare with the two stockin feet. horse, mare, breaking, break, train, training
5245 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 38 Fred Hardy A Tribute to a Lovely Lady, Mae Smith A few short years, not so long ago. gospel, Mormon, preexistence, life, trials, belief
5246 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 39 Fred Hardy The Simple Faith of a Child Have you ever watched a little child pray?
5247 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 40 Fred Hardy Neighbors There's nothin better in this world, than to have a neighbor true. help, friendship
5248 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 41 Fred Hardy An Outlaw Horse An outlaw horse is something yeh, something to behold. hate, mistreated, mistreatment, kindness, animals
5249 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 42 Fred Hardy A Day on the Range It was well before dawn that I caught Old Smoke. work, occupation, cowboying, job, horse
5250 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 44 Fred Hardy A Cowboy's Wife She's up in the mornin way before dawn. work, woman, women, female, wife, ranch, mother
5251 Poems 'n' Things FC 11 H-18 46 Fred Hardy The Day I Broke My Leg It was bout zero degrees the snow a foot deep. leg, broken bone, bones, horse, fall, emergency, pain, splint