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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
5502 Rhymes of the Range Land FC 11 J-04 49 Bob Johnston Prayer for a Cowboy A cowboy's life is lonely, as far as people go. pray, religion, hardship, loneliness, lifestyle
5503 Will James: The Spirit of the Cowboy J.M. Neil FC 11 J-05 Will James Not Poetry
5504 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 12 Derwin J. Jeffries Our Rubber Check Representatives Ol' Harvey, he is awful good. finance, politics, government, inflation
5505 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 13 Derwin J. Jeffries The Bull Corral The politicians plead each "social ill." Politics, inflation, government, corruption
5506 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 15 Derwin J. Jeffries A Crooked Game Ol' Charley, he's a poker playin' cuss. Taxes, government, corruption, politics, politicians
5507 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 16 Derwin J. Jeffries The Rustlers of Today There once were rustlers on the range. Rustlers, politicians, corruption, taxes, government
5508 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 16 Derwin J. Jeffries Internal Revenue - "Service?" "Now just what is this `service' bit?" Taxes, government, corruption, politicians, IRS
5509 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 17 Derwin J. Jeffries The Wrong Brand! The "IRS." Internal Revenue Service, politicians, corruption, taxes
5510 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 17 Derwin J. Jeffries Top Hands! There's CIA that gets bad-mouthed. IRS, Internal Revenue Service, taxes, corruption
5511 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 18 Derwin J. Jeffries The "Liberal" Robbing Hoods Ol' Harvey, he can sure git hot. Government, taxes, corruption, politicians, politics, bureaucrats
5512 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 20 Derwin J. Jeffries King Sam Old Uncle Sam. Government, control
5513 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 20 Derwin J. Jeffries Uncle Sam's Castle Now, with your home. Government, control, compliance
5514 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 20 Derwin J. Jeffries The Wage Freeze If you must work. Government, wages
5515 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 20 Derwin J. Jeffries Ol' Sam Big Chief! You charg'um this. boycott, government, corruption
5516 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 21 Derwin J. Jeffries Uncle Sam has Hickory Stick Your local school. Government, funding, compliance, control, schools
5517 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 21 Derwin J. Jeffries Can the Ushers! The government. finance, revenue, government, begging
5518 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 21 Derwin J. Jeffries Trespassin' Old Uncle Sam's. Government, control, compliance,
5519 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 23 Derwin J. Jeffries The Outlaw Gangs The outlaw gangs that rode the west. Corruption, crime, mafia, gangsters
5520 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 24 Derwin J. Jeffries Men of Prey Ol' Skinner hunted every day. Corruption, ethics, mankind, man
5521 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 25 Derwin J. Jeffries They Talk About "Deterrents" Now You've read about horse thievery? Punishment, crime
5522 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 25 Derwin J. Jeffries Strong Words The damndest thing in all creation. Crime, control, punishment, fear, criminals
5523 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 51 Derwin J. Jeffries Stampede in the Subway Just look at all the mav'ricks here.
5524 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 52 Derwin J. Jeffries It Ain't What Has To Be! Ol' Harvey he goes to the hall. politics
5525 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 53 Derwin J. Jeffries Readin' Their Brands I've been a stranger here and there. face, smile
5526 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 54 Derwin J. Jeffries l Crooked Combat! There is this guy, his name is Schmidt. politics, socialism