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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
5427 Tumble Weed: A Collection of Verse FC 11 J-02 81 Jim Jennings Almost a Man Jim is surely growin' up. growing up, aging, child, father, son, thirteen years old, boy
5428 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 2 Bob Johnston The Old Timer What is an Old Timer you say? Old Timers rodeo, Hyannis, bucked off, aging
5429 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 8 Bob Johnston A Comment on the Weather I could see him coming for quite a ways, by the dust that his horse stirred up. dry, water, drink, thirst, hot, weather, summer, heat waves, dust
5430 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 7 Bob Johnston Modernization or the Last Windmill Electric power came through our country. electricity, progress, change, town, city, power, fuse, windmills, water, drink, BW
5431 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 6 Bob Johnston Fall Like old age, it first starts showing. autumn, fleeting, time
5432 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 5 Bob Johnston Day Dream Cattle grazing on a hill. dream, past, buffalo, stream, change, pickup truck
5433 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 4 Bob Johnston The Life of a Cowboy He is portrayed in movies and T.V. TV, television, cowboying, work, occupation, job, reality, freedom, city, clean air, mountain
5434 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 3 Bob Johnston A Christmas Story -- 1950 It was Christmas eve and I was cold. home, family, warmth, Jesus Christ, Christianity, Savior
5435 Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding FC 11 G-07 Bruce Grant animals, pelts, not a poem or poetry, ropes, folkways, illustrations and information
5436 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 9 Bob Johnston Love at First Sight Tall she was, and you might say statuesque. breed, breeding, filly, Nebraska Bred, horse
5437 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 9 Bob Johnston Remembering I met an old friend the other day. memories, friends, friendship, past, aging, remember
5438 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 10 Bob Johnston The Sounds of Silence Listen to the quiet. silent, sound, noise, listening, nature, life, home, family
5439 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 11 Bob Johnston Dad and Me When I was small you seemed so tall. aging, old age, life cycles, child, father, parent
5440 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 12 Bob Johnston Self Portrait He used to ride the bucking horse. life, experience, memories, past
5441 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 13 Bob Johnston A Life Time More or Less Youth: When all things are possible. aging, stages of life, ages, youth, adult, old-age
5442 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 14 Bob Johnston If I Had Three Wishes I would wish for you some elbow room. wish, space, adversity, sunrise, sharing
5443 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 14 Bob Johnston Art Show Photographs of faces. photo, photograph, pictures, artist, paintings, art, model, whiskey, drink, face, wrinkles, character, suffering
5444 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 15 Bob Johnston Do You Bite the Hand That Feeds You Why do you say "Farmer" in that peculiar way. farming, occupation, respect, work, land, class, belief, God
5445 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 16 Bob Johnston The Waiting Room When you go in harm's way My Son. fear, pain, God, belief, father, son, parent
5446 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 17 Bob Johnston What's the Matter With Grandpa He wanders around like he might be lost. grandfather, work, change, aging, loneliness, lonesome, lonely, toys, fixing things
5447 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 18 Bob Johnston I Have a Question Do we worship what we do not understand?
5448 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 19 Bob Johnston The Eagle's Nest Deep in the valley I lived there for years. dark, darkness, light, courage, sunshine, valley, struggle, strength
5449 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 20 Bob Johnston The Happy Hour The Bar is dark and intimate. wine, alcohol, drink, drunk, drunk tank, arrest, arrested, drunk driving, bail, probation, jail, driver's license
5450 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 22 Bob Johnston The Harlot Alcohol She came to me in my youth. drink, alcoholic, drunk, drunkard, temptation
5451 Stories and Poems FC 11 J-03 23 Bob Johnston The Face in the Mirror Time has walked across this face. time, whisky, whiskey, drink, weathering, aging, razor, shaving, bloodshot eyes