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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
752 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 55 S. Omar Barker 'Druthers There ain't no other breed of man, around the world and back. joke, tease, Baldy Timm, die, death, Hell, Devil, mountain, Llano Jim, Texas, Brazos Bill
753 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 56 S. Omar Barker Uneducated Leather They asked me "What is rawhide?" It's the peeling off a steer.
754 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 57 S. Omar Barker Key to the Cowboy You've heard of the cowboy, all booted and spurred. wild, woolly, hombre, tough, rough, six gun, barroom, blood, hero, stoic, Bitter Crick, Smoky, Slim, heart, feeling
755 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 59 S. Omar Barker Cowman's Wife Now the gal that loves a cowboy might as well make up her mind.
756 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 60 S. Omar Barker The Riders He said he'd rode 'em all the way from Canada on south. Tex La Rue
757 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 61 S. Omar Barker The Unpardonable Sin There's things that make a cowboy mad.
758 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 62 S. Omar Barker A Gal to Spark I've picked me out a gal to spark, like every feller ort. courtship, romance, girlfriend, female, love, competition
759 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 63 S. Omar Barker Purt Near They called him "Purt Near Perkins," for unless the booger lied. pert near, perty near, purty near, pretty near, Lazy S B, Lazy SB, Tom Maginnis, brag, boast, talk, nester, nesters, robbery, steal, stealing, horse thief, borrowing, lie, lying, lynch, hang, hanging
760 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 64 S. Omar Barker Swimmin' the Herd When the crossin's done been scouted, and the Boss says "Boys, she's high. river crossing, punching cattle, longhorn, spooky, market, going to market, Kansas, leaders, water, fording, death, bravery, girlfriend, threat, love, herd
761 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 65 S. Omar Barker The Bad 'Un from the Wild Bunch He said he'd come from nowhere an' was headed the same place. The bad one, notches, notched, gun, guns, he wolf, Jones, Devil, pa, temper, lightning draw, Gus, trail, cattle drive, herd, trail boss, stranger, cook, windy, brag, bragging, campfire, Wild Bill Hickok, bedroll, bed roll, bedding, shootout, gunfight, lie, tall tales, hyperbole, exaggeration, windies
762 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 67 S. Omar Barker Grass Strong men have fought and died for gold. Jason, adventure, sea, King David, quest, song, epic, sheep, cattle, forage, time, history, bloodstained swords of grass
763 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 68 S. Omar Barker Rawhide Rooster The cowboy is a tough galoot. kill, chop head off, humor
764 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 68 S. Omar Barker Braggin' Buckaroo Whenever you meet a cowpuncher. bragging, brag, bronc riding, throwed, memory, bronc busting
765 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 69 S. Omar Barker Don Coyote They asked me "What's a coyote?"? It's a Mexkin word that means. Mexican, prairie, howl, howling, wolf, lobo, yellow eyes, craft, cunning, nature, wildlife, animal
766 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 71 S. Omar Barker Husband on Hossback Before she weds a buckaroo, unless I am mistook. spouse, slick, second look, pitchin' woo, romance, courtship, love, courting, wedding, clean, bath, spiffed up, slicked up, marriage, grizzled, beard, bristles, unshaven
767 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 72 S. Omar Barker Horses Versus Hosses I heard an old time cowboy swappin 'off some drawlin' talk.
768 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 73 S. Omar Barker Cowboy's Reverie There's a lone night bird a-calling. lone cowboy trail, lonesome dreams, coyote howl, love, romance, lonely, sweetheart, girlfriend
769 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 73 S. Omar Barker Horse Corral Etiquette There's two kinds of jaspers, most cowboys agree. rope, talk, hanging, waving rope wildly, tongue rattle, indiscreet
770 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 73 S. Omar Barker Power in the Pot Of all the coffee drinkers that the world has ever knew. buckaroo, steaming pot, black jamoka, strong and hot coffee, strong coffee
771 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 74 S. Omar Barker Three Wise Men Back in the days when cattle range was prairies wide and lone. Bar-Z, Bar Z, ranch hands, ranch hands, Cimarron, Booger Bill, Mexkin Pete ,Tug, dugout camp, Christmas, holiday, Christmas cheer, bails, Taos, candles, immigrants, camp, loneliness, Missouri, nester, barefoot kids, tin plates, beans, giving, generosity, gifts, sharing, toys, dolls, moccasins, pies, taffy, biskits, biscuit, Christian, nesters
772 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 75 S. Omar Barker Useless Question No Texan ever asks you where you're from.
773 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 75 S. Omar Barker The Coyote The coyote of the western ranges. wildlife, survival, modern life, change, birth control, population
774 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 75 S. Omar Barker A Cowboy Toast May you never lose a stirrup. loop, roping, syrup, whoop, foodways
775 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 76 S. Omar Barker Black Jack Ketchum His name was Black Jack Ketchum, and he rode with Bronco Bill.
776 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 77 S. Omar Barker Buckaroo Braggin' Buckaroos may do some braggin' when they're gathered round the wagon.