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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
5527 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 55 Derwin J. Jeffries The Knee-High Grass The craziest thing I ever seen. socialism, starvation
5528 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 55 Derwin J. Jeffries The Lonesomeful Corral Ol' Josh allows that he ain't seen. social unrest, politics,
5529 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 56 Derwin J. Jeffries Long Faces I've ridden ranges far and wide. commute, cow, socialism
5530 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 56 Derwin J. Jeffries Commuter Cattle Cars I've seen the cattle herded in. cattle, herding, politics
5531 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 58 Derwin J. Jeffries Laugh it Off Little Doggie I reckon I ain't never seen. victim, Laugh it off, injury
5532 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 58 Derwin J. Jeffries Our Ways You and me, we're much the same. blame, praise, pride
5533 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 59 Derwin J. Jeffries The Burdens They Bear These ones whose eyes look at us. eyes, sky, sadness, grief
5534 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 59 Derwin J. Jeffries The Feed Lots There is a street they call "Skid row." poverty, unemployment, starvation, soup lines
5535 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 61 Derwin J. Jeffries Bear Tracks Ol' Skinner Smith he ran a line. trapping, politics, mountain man
5536 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 62 Derwin J. Jeffries Circlin' Back Now when yer trackin' game, beware. politics, deceit
5537 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 63 Derwin J. Jeffries Gee and Haw, Git-up and Whoa The bureaucrats have their own way. justice, politics, bureaucracy
5538 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 64 Derwin J. Jeffries We`re Critters! I read a book the other day. animals, humans,
5539 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 65 Derwin J. Jeffries Throw the Rascals Out! They tell us who we have to hire. corrupt politics, bureaucracy
5540 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 67 Derwin J. Jeffries The Stock Show We went down to a fancy store. fashion show, pole cat, wealthy
5541 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 68 Derwin J. Jeffries Commuter Stampede They hear the sounds and lope head-long. crowds, rush hour, hustle
5542 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 68 Derwin J. Jeffries All Fenced In We're all fenced in these days, for sure. fenced in, rules, freedom
5543 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 69 Derwin J. Jeffries The Laughin' Man He's been around a bit, Ol' Jake. fun, guests, sight seeing
5544 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 71 Derwin J. Jeffries The Dinner Bell Jim Olesen runs a cattle spread. cooking, food
5545 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 72 Derwin J. Jeffries They Still Say Howdy They used to greed you "Howdy" then. friendship,
5546 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 72 Derwin J. Jeffries And Frothin' at the Mouth We've often heard, "The world's gone mad!" history, state of the world
5547 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 73 Derwin J. Jeffries A Friendly Dog! I'm just a friendly dog, I guess. friendship
5548 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 75 Derwin J. Jeffries No Locks on Doors We didn't lock our houses then. help, friendship, consideration
5549 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 75 Derwin J. Jeffries The "Good Ol' Days?" I took a ride the other day. good times, easy life
5550 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 76 Derwin J. Jeffries A Headin' Home I've seen 'em lookin' mighty fine. contented, love
5551 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 77 Derwin J. Jeffries The Roundup Cook They say that he could ride a storm. Cooky, camaraderie