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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.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
5302 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 9 Terry Henderson Chore Time It's time for chores and the cow isn't in. milk cow, milch, cantankerous, father, youth, family, child
5303 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 11 Terry Henderson My Milk Cow I shut the cow in with a bang and a rattle. milk, milch, mud, mess, bucket, milking, clean, manure, smell, odor, humor
5304 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 12 Terry Henderson In My Mind In my mind I'm sittin' in. solace, solitude, mountain, pine tree, beauty, peace, rock
5305 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 13 Terry Henderson There is Home Where the mighty pine tree grows tall. home, Douglas, Wyoming
5306 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 14 Terry Henderson Rattlesnakes and Tourists We have a mountain pasture. rattlesnake, snake, cattle, pasture, litter, keep out sign, trespassing, trespasser
5307 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 15 Terry Henderson Nosey's Way to Hunt There's great excitement in the air. hunting season, deer, no trespassing, trespasser, keep out, hunter
5308 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 16 Terry Henderson Nosey and His Snow machine "Whee! Look what I do," Nosey cries. skidoo, snow machine, noise, weekend, snow, winter, crowds, people
5309 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 17 Terry Henderson Rancher's Bible Each rancher's got a hand book. handbook, records, record book
5310 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 18 Terry Henderson The Old Ranch Truck Sometimes when you start her up. pickup, farm truck
5311 I've Been There Too: Real Cowboy Poetry Describing Real Wyoming Ranch Life FC 11 H-22 19 Terry Henderson Marvelous Cure Gathered some cows in the heat of the day. work, tired, exhaustion, dance, dancing, energy
5312 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 1 Les Harry Daddy Daddy was a saw mill man. sawmill, blades, hearing, family, children, father
5313 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 2 Les Harry Mother We all have had a mother. Christianity, belief, Eve, Eden, motherhood, prayer, God, religion
5314 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 3 Les Harry Mother's Love Mothers love their children. children, motherhood, mother, love, god, belief, family
5315 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 4 Les Harry Gee Gee I have not known my Gee Gee long. family, grandmother, mother, grandfather, child, children
5316 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 5 Les Harry Hayseed I wish I was a cowboy. west, westerner, country boy, boot, clothing, jeans, levis, cowboy boots, leather coat, clothes
5317 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 6 Les Harry Stories There are a great many stories. storytelling, people, tales
5318 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 7 Les Harry My Teddy Bear I used to have a teddy bear. foster child, foster care, toy
5319 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 8 Les Harry Remembrance It's just a note to let you know.. memories, past, life, smiles, smiling
5320 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 9 Les Harry Living Legend Folks say I am a "has been." work, life, ability, abilities, job
5321 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 10 Les Harry The Face in the Bathroom Sink I came home drunk last Friday night. alcohol, drink, sin, sick, sickness, throw up, vomit
5322 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 11 Les Harry Silver Valley In Idaho's mountains. silver, mine, ore, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, mining, valley, river, mountains
5323 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 12 Les Harry The Mountain As I look out my window. mountain, creator, beauty, nature, view, scene, scenery
5324 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 13 Les Harry My Ranchette There's a place out on the frontage road. Idaho, acreage, stream, home, state, home state, place
5325 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 14 Les Harry My Place My place is on a country road. family, home, place, country folk, appreciation, gratitude
5326 Harry Tales: Volume I FC 11 H-23 15 Les Harry Sunset As "Old Sol" fades into the west. sun, sunrise, light, God, creation