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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
802 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 99 S. Omar Barker Bear Ropin' Buckaroo "Now ropin' bears," says Uncle Sid, "is shore a heap of fun. huge animal, monstrous paw, cow chip bugs, grubs, worms, pretzels, Dutch, strength, Mister Bruin, de-monster-ate, woolly scamp, dangerous animal, teeth, dragging a bear, claws, turn loose a bear, story, tale
803 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 100 S. Omar Barker Pullin' Leather I've done my share of braggin' when it come my turn to spiel. bragging, story, talk, bucking, boots, ride, riding, pitch, cactus, saddle, saddlehorn, saddle horn, walk, walking
804 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 100 S. Omar Barker A Texas Toast May your horse never stumble. drink, raise a glass, spurs, rust, guts, cinch, break, bust, saddle, ride, riding
805 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 101 S. Omar Barker Quittin' Talk When it gits to stormin' on the trail -- them spells of dismal rain. weather, herd, herding, fire, coosie, cook, spooked, night, wet, retirement, quit, talk, bluff, hungry, night-herding
806 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 102 S. Omar Barker Longhorn They asked me "What's a longhorn?"...Well, I didn't tell it scary.
807 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 103 S. Omar Barker Big-Foot Wallace Many a toast in knighthood's praise. Bigfoot, Bigfoot, warrior, Texas, Texan, frontier, frontiersman, fight, foe, enemy, Mexico, captive, Santa Ana, Santa Anna, Captain, bravery, brave, Texas Ranger
808 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 104 S. Omar Barker Stray Cowpuncher Ridin' ol' Bally and a-leadin' ol' Paint.
809 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 105 S. Omar Barker Wearin' Daddy's Hat Through corral dust she can glimpse him. mother, father, child, boy, bronc busting, bronco busting, bronc riding, Dad, wearing daddy's hat, seven, pride, proud, parenthood, parent, parents, children
810 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 106 S. Omar Barker Ghost Rider High on the mesa and low on the flat. dust, reddust, desert, hat, sleeplessness, sleep, sheriff, rope, hanging, hang, outlaw, border, hunted, refuge, girlfriend, posse, fianc?, kiss, daring, risk, kiss of farewell, dust devils
811 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 107 S. Omar Barker Smart Rustler Ridin' ol' Jigger and a-leadin' ol' Sam. brand, cows, cattle, maverick, B 4, B-4, B4, B4U, B 4 U, building a herd, Before You, nigger, ethnic, rustling
812 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 108 S. Omar Barker Cowboy Counsel Some claims the way to ride a bronc is slap 'im with yer hat. bronc riding, bronco riding, bronc busting, advice, Dee Bibb
813 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 109 S. Omar Barker Boar's Nest Batcher I'm holdin' down the Boar's Next, and a cookin' fer myself. bunkhouse, bunk house, food, cook, cooking, bachelor, alone, loneliness, chuck
814 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 109 S. Omar Barker Manana Manana is a Spanish word we all would like to borrow.
815 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 110 S. Omar Barker Cowhoss I asked a gray old timer 'bout the horse he'd like to straddle.
816 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 111 S. Omar Barker Cuttin' Horse On a certain Bar U roundup long before the days of fence. cutting horse, Jeff Maguire, Shucker, sorting, occupation, dude, reading, bet, read, Pecos cowboys, pony, fences
817 Songs of the Saddlemen FC 11 B-06 112 S. Omar Barker Adios In a valley high up in the mountains. winter, death, Ol'Mac, snow, end of the trail, funeral, burial, bury, Dough-Belly Price, Dough Belly Price, Mac McMullen, goodby, goodbye, empty saddle, God, belief, Taos
818 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 1 Owen J. Barton Albert I've had a lot of friends. friendship, respect, death, trust, Albert Taylor, pioneer, Shoshone squaw, Indian, half-breed, half breed, half breed, race, ethnic, ethnicity, beer, drink, shack, log house, knowledge, simple things, simplicity, happiness, Indians
819 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 4 Owen J. Barton Canellie I once had a horse. mean, buck, darn good horse, ride, riding
820 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 7 Owen J. Barton Cow Heaven I am just a country boy. Diamond A, content, grass, grasses, cattle, cows, ranch, belief, afterlife, range, bureaucrats, environmentalists, contentedness
821 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 9 Owen J. Barton Cowpoke's Dream I had a dream the other night. past, future, punching cattle, modern times, range, fence, fencing,, king, truck, rodeo cowboys
822 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 11 Owen J. Barton Dinger Here's a salute to a good old dog. pet, friend, sheepdog, Australian Queen, herding, work cattle, goodby, goodbye
823 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 14 Owen J. Barton Early Morning Round-up Have you ever saddled your horse. break of day, roundup, nature, wildlife, work, occupation, occupational lore, cows, calves, brand, branding, mother, babies, tired
824 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 18 Owen J. Barton Elko Lawman - Jess Harris There's been some famous lawmen. Jeff Harris, Nevada, law and order, sheriff, outlaw, respect, badge, Tuscarora gold, plane crash, prisoners, escape, honor, flying sheriff, fame, friendship, friend
825 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 21 Owen J. Barton Everybody's Friend To some who look at this old hat. Diamond A, gear, Eric, youth, death, belief, Heaven, college rodeo, eight-second ride, bucking bronc, bronc riding, bronco busting, bronc busting, die, killed, dead, God, just
826 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 23 Owen J. Barton Fishing Trip I once went on a fishing trip. lie, fish, the one that got away, brag, bragging, river, porta pot, portapotty, pack, packing, packing in, bulls, stampede, sound, Lady Luck, luck, camp, camping, prime cut, blister