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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
5552 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 78 Derwin J. Jeffries Dog Paddlin' Around Now let me tell you `bout Ol' Slim. swimming
5553 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 79 Derwin J. Jeffries "Ol' Dandy" "Ol' Dandy's" got a suit that fits. character, fashion
5554 City Cattle: Humorous Western Political Satire FC 11 J-06 80 Derwin J. Jeffries His Face Remembers Hey look -- that old bronc stomper there. old, leather, happy, smile
5555 The Book of Indians FC 11 H-14 Holling C. Holling illustrations, stories, Indian lore, western ways
5556 The Sierry Petes or Tying the Knots in the Devil's Tail FC 11 G-12 1 Gail I. Gardner Away up high in the Sierry Petes, where the yeller pines grow tall, ole Sandy Bob an' Buster Jig, had a rodeer camp last fall God, religion, humor, hell, trickery, jokes, bragging
5557 The Book of Cowboys FC 11 H-13 Holling C. Holling not poetry, cowboy life, stories, illustrations
5558 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 4 Bill Jones There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows There ain't much romance. romance, sex, cows, life
5559 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 6 Bill Jones The Woof-Woof Poem The dogs all held a meeting. dog
5560 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 8 Bill Jones First Loves and Soiled Doves Have ya ever had a little yearn. women, women rights, prostitutes,
5561 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 10 Bill Jones The Rancher's Wife She rides a horse and puts up hay. women, farm life, work
5562 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 12 Bill Jones A Reincarnated Cowboy Repents From Doc's letter all can surmise. South, home, homesick
5563 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 14 Bill Jones The Mule Ropin' Doctor Into camp there rode one day. doctor, roping,
5564 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 16 Bill Jones The Heavyweight Champ of the Triple J Pa came up in them days. fate, old age, family
5565 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 19 Bill Jones Roundup at the Bar B Bar Every year about this time. roundup, strays, cattle
5566 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 21 Bill Jones Wife Wanted It wuz kinda cute and sorta solemn. marriage, wife, farming, tractor
5567 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 22 Bill Jones The Rebate King Sooner or later you run out of luck. rebate, tricked, finances
5568 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 25 Bill Jones Livin' in the Wasteland I work for this dude outfit. television, contentedness, wilderness
5569 There Ain't Much Romance in the Life of Us Cows FC 11 J-09 28 Bill Jones The Cook's Revenge Cookin' ain't no easy job. cooking, skunk, revenge
5570 Dad Munn and Family: A Homesteader and Sage Driver of Baker County, Oregon FC 11 H-15 Phyllis Munn Hopkins A Homesteader and Stage Driver of Baker County, Oregon --Orrin Lee Munn not poetry, history of family, west, folklore, culture, parents, stories, essays, illustrations and photographs
5571 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 7 Olephia "Leafy" King Nevada Memories Thoughts built from a life-time in Nevada. Nevada, nature, beauty
5572 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 8 Olephia "Leafy" King Monitor Valley Away out in Monitor Valley. mountains, dreams, cowgirl, memories
5573 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 10 Olephia "Leafy" King Reminiscing I met and married a cowboy. mountains, memories, family, peace
5574 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 12 Olephia "Leafy" King Keno the Cow horse 'Taws a warm day in September. cow horse, love, friendship, death
5575 Western Poems FC 11 K-01 14 Olephia "Leafy" King The Indian Pinks Still Wave Last Night as I sat by my window. flash flood, Indians, flowers, death, sacrifice, love
5576 The Good Old Boys Elmer Kelton FC 11 K-09 Elmer Kelton not poetry, story, life, decisions