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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
877 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 72 D. W. Groethe Winter Light I have never cared for winter light.
878 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 73 D. W. Groethe Lifting a Glass to Summer Cascading, Through a torrent of homemade chokecherry wine,
879 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 74 D. W. Groethe So Here I am Diggin' So here I am diggin' at twenty below
880 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 75 D. W. Groethe Nothing Rhymes with Lutefisk Nothing rhymes with lutefisk I have searched, Lord, I have tried
881 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 76 D. W. Groethe Comin' Home It's three a.m. and near forty below.
882 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 78 D. W. Groethe The passing I heard (through quiet whispers) of your passing.
883 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 80 D. W. Groethe Just Like a Chinook She come on strong and warm and totally unexpected.
884 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 82 D. W. Groethe Cracks Crackin' the window; crack in the wall, crack of a bat on an old baseball.
885 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 83 D. W. Groethe Late One Evening' It's one a' them nights when coyote howls
886 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 85 D. W. Groethe I suppose Some Folks Would Say I suppose some folks would say it's slime.
887 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 86 D. W. Groethe Geezer Poem #3 And their age "to bed" meant to sleep.
888 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 87 D. W. Groethe He was a Cattleman Since time beyond thought it's been cattle and men.
889 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 88 D. W. Groethe When Spring breaks on the prairie
890 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 89 D. W. Groethe If If we'd circled west and not to the east, when out taggin' calves today.
891 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 90 D. W. Groethe The Fence When it comes to vexation and ire nothin' gets my dander higher
892 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 93 D. W. Groethe Traeger's Dilemma It was one a' them years when the snow piled high
893 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 94 D. W. Groethe Bless The bull hangs from the loader bucket.
894 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 32 Owen J. Barton Mountains God musta' made the mountains. beauty, nature, peace, canyon, ridges, belief, Moses, religion, valley, prayer, fresh air, pure, clean, city, country
895 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 34 Owen J. Barton My Kind of Country This is a great country. United States, nation, God, religion, belief, melting pot, freedom, patriot, patriotic, liberty, Constitution, free, government, democracy, stars and stripes, flag, banner, Thanksgiving, history, westward movement, Mississippi, trappers, miners, settler, Mormons, pioneers, railroad, Promontory Point, golden spike, Indians, reservation, Jarbidge, Bureau, USA, U.S.A.
896 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 37 Owen J. Barton My Old Foss Saddle My old saddle almost seems. gear, leather, rawhide, saddletree, 1939, saddle maker, saddle maker, tack, stirrups, stirrups, neat foot oil, worn, dally, belief, afterlife, Devil, Hell, pearly gates, Satan, heaven, death
897 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 39 Owen J. Barton My Ole' Stetson When you look upon this old Stetson hat. My Ol' Stetson, my old Stetson, dress, clothing, Diamond A, St. Peter
898 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 40 Owen J. Barton Rodeo Cowboys and Real Cowboys A cowboy is an awesome sight. bronco busting, bronc riding, bronc busting, eight seconds, roping, dollars, money, make a living, clothes, clothing, dress, riding the range, arena, bulldogging, chute, stray, horse, cows, work, occupation, occupational lore, doctoring, sick, sickness, scours, profession, hard times , luck
899 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 44 Owen J. Barton Shipping Time In the Fall comes shipping time. autumn, market, cattle, roundup, round up, clothing, cold, dress, weather, north wind, chill, storm, cutting cattle, bulls, stray, herd, truck, canyon, corral, milling, cows, calves, buyers, buyer, money, bills to pay, steak, meat, barbecue, chops
900 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 47 Owen J. Barton Spick I once owned a real nice horse. bay, shiny, pride, ride, sire, race horse, buck, bucking, saddle, cinch, run, lope, gallop, trade, nag, range
901 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 51 Owen J. Barton Springtime on the Diamond A I've rode the Diamond A desert. ride, trails, seasons, spring, flowers, smell, odor, scent, grass, calves, cows, Garden of Eden