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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
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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
677 Round-Up: The Roper FC 11 C-31 14 Ernest Cox Winter on the Star I'd just drifted in off the Range. winter, rain, snow, chill, blizzard, wind, top hand, cowboy, bunkhouse, winter's day, Star Ranch
678 Round-Up: The Roper FC 11 C-31 16 Ernest Cox Bronc Buster Dragging my carcass out of bed. Elko, Spud, Star Valley, job, bronc buster, Mustang, fancy
679 Round-Up: The Roper FC 11 C-31 18 Ernest Cox Bounty Hunter He stepped down from the Stagecoach. stagecoach, saloon, gambler, cards, quick-draw, poker, shot, bullet, outlaw, gun, frown, grin
680 Round-Up: The Roper FC 11 C-31 19 Ernest Cox The Scout He was tall, lean and tanned. scout, war party, Sioux, Indians, honery
681 Round-Up: The Roper FC 11 C-31 23 Ernest Cox Chuck-Wagon Chef He was born down on the Brazos. Mother, cook, sew, misfit, chuck wagon, Boss, woman
682 Round-Up: The Roper FC 11 C-31 24 Ernest Cox That Trophy Buck It was the beginning of Fall. hunting, hunt, fall, hunting season, 30-30, gun, buck, deer, preparations
683 Round-Up FC 11 C-31a 8 Ernest Cox Winter on the Star I'd just drifted in off the Range. winter, rain, snow, chill, blizzard, wind, top hand, cowboy, bunkhouse, winter's day, Star Ranch
684 Letters From Elko FC 11 P-28 1 Scott Preston By Way of Preface: Sisters with Snifters I want a cowgirl in a duster
685 "Originals" FC 11 S-16 57 J.D. Santee My Dog Blue Well, old son, looks like we've come to the end of the line.
686 Diary of My Heart FC 11 S-23 29 Edwin Lee Sankey Dear Country: As I write this letter, the night is still,
687 Old Ephraim FC 11 S-26 1 Colen H. Sweeten Jr. Old Ephraim Frank Clark was a sheepman,
688 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 xiv D. W. Groethe Down by the Willows Down by the willows sweepin' soft on the waters
689 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 3 D. W. Groethe Fifty a Day (Broke, Tired and Blue) Fifty a day is a cowboy's pay
690 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 133 S. Omar Barker Unforgivable Offense Here lie the bones of a roustabout. butcher knife, cook, ol' Peg, good natured, grub, food, bile, work, criticize, Squint, father figure, obedience, Bar G, mountain camp, scamp, rascal, good boy, helpful, cutting wood, chopping wood, bucksaw, sawing wood, coosie, snooze, nap, sawing off the cook's leg, humor, black humor, irony, joke, saying, wisdom, wood cut too long, get enough food, be on good terms with the cook
691 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 137 S. Omar Barker Cowpuncher Praise Big words never warm up a cowpuncher's heart. praise, appreciation, he'll do
692 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 138 S. Omar Barker Trail Talk When cowboys git to heaven and them angels ask them how. afterlife, dying in bed, gun, bullet, angels, pearly gates, trampled, freeze, drown, shot, pride, occupational lore, occupation
693 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 139 S. Omar Barker Cowpuncher Caution Old cowpunchers claim that you'd better not fool. mule, widow, chuck wagon cook, baby, babies, marriage, pregnancy, wife, tease, kick, cradle
694 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 140 S. Omar Barker The White Mustang Wherever rhythmic hoof beats drum. Pacing Mustang, horse, white horse, wild horse, ghost horse, stallion, Great White Mustang, phantom, Washington Irving
695 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 142 S. Omar Barker Saddle for Sale A horse and a saddle, a rope and a gun. night-herding, cattle drive, trail drive, river, fording a river, water, dry, thirsty, thirst, stampede, cook, Wyoming, dust, trail riding, occupational lore, cowboying, cowboy, occupation
696 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 143 S. Omar Barker Cowpuncher's Creed The cowpuncher's creed is as simple as pie. sweat, life, death, cow, cows, Lord, God, gratitude, occupation
697 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 144 S. Omar Barker The Rough Requirements They say that a cowboy ain't worth thirty cents. feelings, tough, rough, cowboy, occupation, grunt, education, smart, intelligence
698 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 145 S. Omar Barker Rustler Poker A-ridin' ol' Bally and a-leadin' ol' Dan. IC brand, I C brand, song, ICU, I C U, branding, calves, rustling, steal, Ball, ICU2, I C U 2, changing brands, rustlers
699 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 146 S. Omar Barker Bunkhouse Christmas 'Twas Christmas Eve out on the ranch, and all the winter crew. holiday, reminiscence, reminisce, remember, recollect, past, memories, food, chuck, feast, turkey, pie, cake, feed, mince pie, floodways, Christmas cheer, feelings, heart, practicality, hunger, livestock, hungry cowboy
700 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 147 S. Omar Barker Cry, Coyote! Cry, coyote! Cry lonely at dawn. wildlife, past, buffalo, civilization, memory, memories, freedom, open range
701 Rawhide Rhymes FC 11 B-05 148 S. Omar Barker Wahoo of the Wagon It's a rule out on the roundup, and it's law upon the trail. cook, chuck wagon, chuck, food, foodways, biscuit, coffee, cattle drive, trail drive, king of camp, poobah of pan and pot, coosie, buckin' bronc, bucking bronco, broncho, broncbusting