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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
902 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 52 Owen J. Barton Starting School in 1920 When I was just a little boy. childhood, children, child, golden rule, parent, mom, mother, ma, school, shy, play, read, reading, spell, spelling, study, studies, phonics, vowels, recess, Little Red Hen, alphabet, counting, grade, grading, tardy, Dad, education
903 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 54 Owen J. Barton Steel Dust Every cowboy sometime in life. horse, dream, wild horse, mares, intelligence, harem, stallion, stud, pride
904 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 57 Owen J. Barton Sugar I had a horse whose name was Sugar. buckskin, ride, aging, death
905 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 59 Owen J. Barton The Jug That Won the West I've fell very much in love. youth, childhood, herding sheep, sourdough, sour dough, food, foodways, eat, eating, hot cakes, biscuit, pancakes, start, flour, recipe, griddle, bacon grease, Dutch oven, cooking, cook
906 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 63 Owen J. Barton The Old Majestic Range When I think back sixty years ago. past, history, memories, memory, stove, home, mother, mom, heat, warmth, warm, oven, cook, cooking, kitchen, food, hot water, grate, ashes, soot, children, childhood, youth, kids, bath, bathe, wash
907 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 64 Owen J. Barton The Red Ant Hill I was riding' the desert. ride, riding, Diamond A, hot, heat, flowers, ant mound, cooperation, team, team work, welfare, belief, God, bite, ants, pants, open fly, nude, naked, buck, learning, learn, knowledge
908 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 67 Owen J. Barton Too Big a Hurry I just got to wondering. discontent, fear, time, friendship, tension, worry, wrinkles, smile, smiling, God, belief, nature, creation, happiness, goal, goals
909 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 69 Owen J. Barton TV Cowboy's Aren't Real You can read a lot of stories. television, urban cowboy, Gilley, Gilley's bar, movies, Marlborough, glamour, occupation, occupational lore, profession, motion pictures
910 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 72 Owen J. Barton Wondering Where's Heaven Riding a trail one moonlight night. belief, God, religion, afterlife, creator, order, stars, night, universe, constellations, Big Dipper, Seven Sisters, North Star, Milky Way, Venus, Mars, moon, Devil, Satan, Hell, night-riding
911 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 73 Owen J. Barton Trail of Life A man goes down the trail of life. life, future
912 Saddle Talk FC 11 B-08 74 Owen J. Barton Winchester 30-30 I bought my old 30-30. .30-30, rifle, gun, shotgun, 1941, hunting, game, predators, elk, bear, deer, shot, shoot, shooting, barrel, lead, bluing
913 The Ghosts of the Chisos FC 11 B-10 3 J.T.H. Bickley The Chief of the Chisos A cowgirl rode into the heart. Indians, epic
914 The Ghosts of the Chisos FC 11 B-10 17 J.T.H. Bickley The Phantom of Melodies Into the hills the young folks ride. epic, girlfriend, boyfriend, love, romance, betrayal, infidelity, ghosts
915 The Ghosts of the Chisos FC 11 B-10 29 J.T.H. Bickley The Golden Antlers The cowboys sat around the fire. epic, love, sweetheart, charm, Cupid, courting, Chisos, deer, buck, stag, girlfriend, boyfriend, pal, gold charm, love triangle, birthday, courtship
916 The Ghosts of the Chisos FC 11 B-10 45 J.T.H. Bickley The Visions in the Chisos The cowboys round the campfire sit. epic, mystic, love, angels, dream, vision, sweetheart
917 The Ghosts of the Chisos FC 11 B-10 59 J.T.H. Bickley The Girl of Saint Helena The old cowboy was visiting. epic, cowgirl, sweetheart, mountain home, storm, thunder, thunderhead, fidelity, pain, longing
918 The Ghosts of the Chisos FC 11 B-10 73 J.T.H. Bickley The Echoes in the Mountains Around the campfire's fading glow. epic, love, sweetheart, God, death
919 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 42 Baxter Black Leroy and Tom - not a poem
920 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 44 Baxter Black The Silent Partner Her name's on the note for the PCA, boys. loan, signature, John Henry, pickup, pancakes, lunches, prayers, praying, cardiac, interest, cows, cull, calves in the living room, mud, patience, woman, wife, dog, pot licker, wise woman, worries at night, labor, wisdom, love, respect, cowman's wife, friendship, caring
921 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 45 Baxter Black A Christmas Tree A Christmas tree is one of those things. winter, snow, angel wings, popcorn balls, beauty, warmth, lights, cosy, Christmas ornaments, jingle bell, dignity, gifts, pines, peaceful, celebration, friends
922 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 46 Baxter Black Golf - not a poem
923 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 47 Baxter Black American Exaggerations - not a poem
924 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 48 Baxter Black Hurricane Charlotte - not a poem
925 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 50 Baxter Black The Phantom Cow Buyer This fall I sat and watched in amazement. truck, Oklahoma, misfits, dandies, beef, expensive, calves, cattle
926 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 51 Baxter Black Fast Food Survey - not a poem