Link to Utah USU Special Collection home page

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.


Search:

Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
827 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 26 Owen J. Barton Homesteads on the Diamond A When I ride by all the old homesteads. homestead, Jones, Knight, Strickland, Goddard, Glidon, Ward, life, livelihood, modern conveniences, practicality, machinery, homemade, log cabin, settler, homesteaders, respect, taming the west
828 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 27 Owen J. Barton Jack Ass Don I have an old Jackass named Don. heehaw, hee haw, donkey, bray, noise, sound, call, jackass, brag, bragging, lesson, learning, music
829 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 29 Owen J. Barton Mother Nature Mother Nature is a good old girl. nature, seasons, birth, time, grow, growth, rest, weather, frost, snow, sunshine, universe, belief, world, God, creation, soil, flies, insects, survival of the fittest, death, hibernate, hibernation, wisdom, autumn, fall, protective coloration, trust
830 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 5 D. W. Groethe John Goodall, Good Night The sun come up sun went down moon she come a-rollin' round
831 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 6 D. W. Groethe Hey Gray . . . Wadda Ya Say? Hey Gray . . . Wadda ya say? What we gonna do today?
832 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 8 D. W. Groethe He's a Cowboy Not a Carpenter He's a cowboy not a carpenter, Buildin' houses ain't his trade.
833 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 9 D. W. Groethe Cows on Mars So I'm a-listenin' early mornin' to the news on CBS
834 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 11 D. W. Groethe Let 'Er Buck None remember 'zactly when the first man sat atop a four-legged fury on the plains an' rode it to a stop.
835 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 13 D. W. Groethe Weekend Jackpot Ropin' The say the Bible has a verse for any offering.
836 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 14 D. W. Groethe A Little Thing about Creepin' Jenny It lurks in the garden with the beets an' the peases.
837 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 16 D. W. Groethe Seven Tadpoles Out north on the school section, Sprayin' spurge,
838 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 17 D. W. Groethe One of Them Kind He's one of them kind that will always find the hard way of doin' a thing.
839 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 18 D. W. Groethe When She Speaks When she speaks words dance.
840 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 20 D. W. Groethe Blue Moon #1 Blue moon's a-risin' O'er eastern Montana
841 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 21 D. W. Groethe Bossy Gets Hosed We've got this one ol' milk cow, mostly just for show,
842 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 24 D. W. Groethe A Prickly Time Out Dropping down, Workin' the bottom strand of a four wire
843 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 25 D. W. Groethe Them Four Wheel Steeds There's a lot that's been said, the last little while, 'Bout ridin' them four wheel steeds.
844 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 27 D. W. Groethe The Bunny Poem Drivin' through the midnight hour Clippin' down the trail, We was headin' back from Utah on the last leg of't tale.
845 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 29 D. W. Groethe When Hell Comes Knockin' The sun had been down for an hour or more
846 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 31 D. W. Groethe Midnight, Somewheres in August I have camped out on this prairie a thousand summer nights.
847 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 32 D. W. Groethe There's a Silence There's a silence that's found as a hoof hits the ground.
848 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 33 D. W. Groethe The Point (The whole point and nothin' but the point) Open the gate close the gate simple and conclusive
849 West River Waltz: Western Poetry West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 34 D. W. Groethe Some Things Look Better Just Left Where They Are I busted my axle for thirty-odd year and for thirty odd-more I been sittin' out here
850 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 35 D. W. Groethe The Funeral A local old timer had quietly passed on
851 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 36 D. W. Groethe And From This Hill: A Requiem And from this hill you can see forever