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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
927 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 52 Baxter Black The Mechanical Cowboy A ringy ol' cow can make me so mad. anger, slipping clutch, mechanical things, nagging wife, annoying twitch, jacks, bolts, Phillips screwdriver, sprockets, tire, change a tire, baler, auger, motors, electrical breakers, clippers, wheel, wrench, clumsy, Adam of Olde, struggle, fighting technology
928 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 53 Baxter Black My 10 Most Unforgettable Experiences of 1981 - no poem
929 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 54 Baxter Black Training Horses - no poem
930 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 56 Baxter Black The Coyote Take him for what he's worth, nothing more, nothing less. understanding animals, defend the coyote, New Jersey coast, complaints, misunderstanding, critter, extinction, shoot coyotes, God's creatures, jail, weaklings, youngsters, lambs, calves, wily, clever, keen, homicidal, sadistic, demented, mean, description of a coyote, good, bad, cockroach, rat, fly
931 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 62 Baxter Black Classified Ads: Interpreted - not a poem
932 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 64 Baxter Black Sandhill Savior In the sandhills of Nebraska stands a monument of wills. rolling hills, buffalo, grass, whiteface calf, beauty, greed, need for food, meat, fertile farmland, Platte, settler, cowboys, respect for the land, land, earth, nature, reverence, Indians, water, importance of water, windmills, prosperity, The ford, Hyannis, Valentine, Rose, prairie grass, Nebraska highway twenty, state road eighty-three
933 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 65 Baxter Black Louie and the Tongs - not a poem
934 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 66 Baxter Black Hedging Pullets - not a poem
935 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 61 Baxter Black The Big High and Lonesome The big high and lonesome's a place in my mind. Lakeview, Burns, Judith, Promontory, U P track, sky, nature, storm, San Augustine Plain, black sky, Hell, wind, rain, stillness, fury, demon, thunder, blackness, sun, lightning, fast storm, power of nature, experience nature
936 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 60 Baxter Black The Agribition - not a poem
937 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 59 Baxter Black Talk About the Weather I've been out on J P Point one spring after the thaw. water, washed out road, pickup truck, Grouse Creek, hail, snow, chute, tunnel, frozen toes, Bare Ranch, fog, 2 by 8's, Clipper Flats, Rafter T, cold, Cat Creek, sheep corrals, knee deep mud, dust
938 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 58 Baxter Black Florida - no poem
939 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 57 Baxter Black To the Feedlot Hoss Boys, I offer a toast. horses, love for horses, qualities of horses, black, bay, brown, spotted, sorrel, beauty, attitude, endurance, cold, patience, heat, pain, feelings, ache, sweat, four-legged pard, short on brains, long on heart
940 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 68 Baxter Black Sellin' Prewitt's Cow Hey, bid alright, sir...step right up. auction, auctioneer, cow auction, bid, one big foot, one bad ear, deaf cow, vet, tractor, bad leg, dead cow, dime, 900pounds fresh un-ground hamburger
941 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 69 Baxter Black Carlos Ashley "She might be pickin acorns on the banks of hog, Sandy Creek, turnips cultivation, Cedar mountain, hide, hiding place
942 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 69 Baxter Black Carlos Ashley Values. glamour, clamor, fascination, impression, inauguration, two-inch rain
943 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 70 Baxter Black We're All Brothers - not a poem
944 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 72 Baxter Black The Old Days The little kid sat on his knee. children, grandmother, grandfather, story, memories, west, wilderness, blue roan,, State Valley Bank, parking lot, antelope, Overland stage, mail, Buffalo Bill, Daltons, shooting, wedding, hamburger stand, asphalt, pavement, boyhood days, reminisce , freedom, Indians, dreams, happiness
945 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 73 Baxter Black The Keeper of the Key There's a strange group of people who speak in sacred tongues. convention halls, convert, passion, bloodlines, breeds, breeding, evangelistic reverence, inspiration, record, Brahma, Gelbvieh, Maine Anjou, Simmental, Santa, Herefords, purebred cattle, born-again believers, for blueprint cows, purebred folks, New Delhi, sacred cow, exaggeration
946 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 74 Baxter Black Prejudice - not a poem
947 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 76 Baxter Black The Sermon on the Can Gather 'round me sinners. angels, story, disgusting subject, addiction, disease, attitude, pickup, spit, tobacco, shriveled lips, bad breath, stains, criticism, pinch, cheek, gum, to go Cold turkey, quit, stop chewing, chewing tobacco, bum ache
948 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 95 D. W. Groethe Yearlin' Heifers: Part 1 How they love to go a-neighborin', an' seek more scenic bits of range,
949 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 97 D. W. Groethe He Rides a Mellow Gelding Anymore He rides a mellow gelding anymore.
950 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 98 D. W. Groethe Looks Like Another Hot One The heat of the day takes his breath away
951 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 99 D. W. Groethe Generations I remember the warm smell of leather burnished smooth from many a ride