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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
5602 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 36 Olephia "Leafy" King Songs on the Prairie I'm a lonely cowhand. sing, singing, song, riding, prairie, God, belief, guidance, West, spouse, marriage, light
5603 Western Poems, No. 2 FC 11 K-02 38 Olephia "Leafy" King Songs Shall Never Die I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart. song, sing, singing, music
5604 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 9 Bruce Kiskaddon Turnin' the Summer Hosses Out to Graze Now the summer time is over and the winter time is here. winter, seasons, horses, Turning, grazing, winter range
5605 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 11 Bruce Kiskaddon Savin' the Baby Calf Now a cowboy may be sort of rough and ready, so to speak. care, caring, gentleness, kindness, saving, rescue, rescuing
5606 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 12 Bruce Kiskaddon When Winter's Nigh Done There's some spots where the snow has been meltin' away. spring, grass, calves, newborns
5607 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 13 Bruce Kiskaddon Springtime They're roundin' the hosses up agin and startin' the work fer spring. roundup, remuda, horses, wind, well broke horse
5608 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 15 Bruce Kiskaddon Matching Wits If you mess with a broncho yore likely to find. bronco, horse, kick, kicking, butt, bite, blindfold, breaking, broke, foot, tie
5609 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 17 Bruce Kiskaddon Flankin' When a feller starts a flankin', it don't seem much like work. calves, calf, kick, flanking
5610 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 19 Bruce Kiskaddon High an' Wicked When they cut you out a bucker why the boys all gathers `round. bucking, horse, buck, jump, hat, bucks, High and Wicked, bronco, ears
5611 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 21 Bruce Kiskaddon Challengin' the Trail On the hot August days when you feel the sun blaze. Challenging, summer, heat, snake, rattlesnake
5612 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 23 Bruce Kiskaddon Movin' to Winter Range Way up along the mountain side and up on the mesas high. autumn, fall, cattle, snow, September, steers, butcher, meat
5613 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 25 Bruce Kiskaddon Cuttin' Out the Calves Well now them purty little calves has sorter come to grief. cutting, food, beef, veal, work
5614 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 27 Bruce Kiskaddon After the Fall Roundup Now the summer work is over and the wagon's pullin' in. autumn, letters, writing, aging, change
5615 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 29 Bruce Kiskaddon The Cowboys' Christmas Dance Winter is here and it ain't so nice tendin' the feeders and choppin'. Christmas, holiday, winter, dancing, society, social, people, affiliation, friends
5616 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 31 Bruce Kiskaddon The Purebred Bull A neighbor of mine, not long ago bought a Hereford bull at the livestock show. breed, breeding, bred, thoroughbred, Hereford, money, investment
5617 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 33 Bruce Kiskaddon The Little Blue Roan Most all of you boys have rode hosses like that. horse, brand, branding, calf, warning, honesty
5618 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 36 Bruce Kiskaddon The Livestock Show The man that's fond of critters ort to see the livestock show. prize, prizes, rodeo, judging, judges, stock, fall, autumn
5619 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 37 Bruce Kiskaddon All Dressed Up Things is pickin' up as most folks knows. clothes, clothing, dress, Stetson, hat, protection
5620 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 38 Bruce Kiskaddon New Boots I got my new boots and they fit me jest right. clothing, gear, new clothes
5621 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 39 Bruce Kiskaddon The New Cook Our old cook he quit, and the new one has lit. foodways, grub, food, thin, fat, cooking, attitude
5622 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 41 Bruce Kiskaddon The Long Horn Speaks The old long horn looked at the prize winning steer. longhorn, Hereford, change, progress
5623 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 42 Bruce Kiskaddon The Chuck Wagon She ain't what she was in the days of her glory. food, wagon, chuck wagon, Dutch oven, cooking, foodways
5624 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 43 Bruce Kiskaddon The Thoroughbred A thoroughbred's a plaything. He's a funny sort of hoss. horse, racetrack, racetrack, racehorse, betting, gambling, thrill
5625 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 45 Bruce Kiskaddon The County Fair The old county fair was a wonderful place. trotting, trotter, past, change, horse team
5626 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 47 Bruce Kiskaddon Wet Boots A cowboy goes under a turrible strain. rain, boots, shoes, clothing, knife, cut, cutting, tightness, tight