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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
5627 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 49 Bruce Kiskaddon That Letter I rode to that box a settin' on a post beside the trail. mail, letter, writing, communication, dance, female, woman, girlfriend, invitation
5628 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 51 Bruce Kiskaddon The Old Time Christmas I liked the way that we used to do. barbecue, celebration, party, holiday, food, Santa Claus, people, socializing
5629 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 53 Bruce Kiskaddon Cow Sense You have heard people a sayin' "As dumb as a cow." talk, intelligence, animals, people, calves, mother
5630 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 55 Bruce Kiskaddon Shoveling the Ice Out of the Trough It's frosty in the mornin' when you wake up in the shack. morning, cold, water, drink
5631 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 57 Bruce Kiskaddon When the Grass is Short and the Old Cows Die When you have a drouth and the grass don't grow. drought, water, food, stock, beef, hard times, cold, hunger, coyotes, dead mother, calf, coyote, rancher, winter, bones
5632 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 59 Bruce Kiskaddon Ridin' Fence Ridin' along at a easy walk with your steeples and hammer and pliers. riding fence, fencing, gate, work
5633 Western Poems FC 11 K-03 61 Bruce Kiskaddon Pullin' Bog When the water gits thick and the mud sorter thin. waterhole, cattle, buzzards, wet, stuck
5634 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 29 Bruce Kiskaddon A Bad Grizzly The fust time we camped in this canyon. 1879, bear, tall tale, tall tale, hunting, wagon, tongue,
5635 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 30 Bruce Kiskaddon Augerin There's a time that you remember. auger, augering, lying, liar, lie, yarn, tall tale, tall tale, entertainment, autumn
5636 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 31 Bruce Kiskaddon The Ladies' Rifle Team The ladies has got up a real rifle team. shooting, guns, clothing, clothes, dress, style, modesty
5637 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 32 Bruce Kiskaddon Bad Luck Did you ever run into a streak of bad luck? misfortune
5638 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 33 Bruce Kiskaddon Cow Boy's Pants You read and hear about the clothes that cow boys used to wear. clothing, gear, pants, levis, jeans
5639 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 34 Bruce Kiskaddon Between the Lines There's something I'm not forgetting. cowboy lore, occupational lore, hardiness, cowboys, work
5640 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 36 Bruce Kiskaddon Cow Boy Days Can you recollect the country. past, memories, change
5641 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 40 Bruce Kiskaddon Bull Ridin' A feller might think he could stick like a leach. riding, rodeo, performance, event
5642 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 41 Bruce Kiskaddon Cow Milkin' Most cow boys ain't handy at milkin' a cow. milking, milch cow, milk
5643 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 41 Bruce Kiskaddon Bill The Snake Charmer We never knowed the reason why. character, circus, rattlesnake, snakebite, snake bite
5644 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 42 Bruce Kiskaddon Catalogues They was called "Sheep herder's bibles." catalogue, catalog, information, Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, reading
5645 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 44 Bruce Kiskaddon The Mule A mule's disposition is rotten. pack, plowing, plow, animal, riding, Black, negro, racism, racial, nigger
5646 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 45 Bruce Kiskaddon Blizzard You take a good look at the rim of the sky. storm, snow, cold, weather, endurance
5647 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 46 Bruce Kiskaddon The Bunk House Mirror That old bunk house mirror that most of us knew. face, shaving, bunkhouse, shave, looking glass
5648 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 47 Bruce Kiskaddon The Gentle Hoss Of all the things you come across, the best one is a gentle hoss. horse, gentleness
5649 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 48 Bruce Kiskaddon Forgotten Yes, he used to be a cow hoss that was young and strong and fleet. horse, aging, retirement
5650 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 49 Bruce Kiskaddon Ghost Canyon Trail There are strange tales told of spirits bold. Santa Fe, Chisholm Trail, Laramie, night, phantom, trooper
5651 Rhymes of the Ranges FC 11 K-04 51 Bruce Kiskaddon Graves by the Side of the Trail When the trail herds came through. death, hardship, change, history, Judgment Day