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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.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
977 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 155 D. W. Groethe The Carhartt Song Them big city gals are a natural at turnin' good cowboys around.
978 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 157 D. W. Groethe Let 'Er Go It was somewheres past beer-thirty in the old Corner Saloon.
979 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 159 D. W. Groethe That Ol' Red, White and Blue My ol' man was a soldier back in WWII.
980 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 160 D. W. Groethe When True Love Runs Thin Just what the hack are we doin' here?
981 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 162 D. W. Groethe and Bob Petermann The Little Things I've seen the sun go down from many places
982 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 163 D. W. Groethe Bluegrass Lullaby It's been a long day You've been hard at play
983 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 164 D. W. Groethe Ol' Man Coyote Ol' Man coyote does what he needs to do
984 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 165 D. W. Groethe He Was Once a Hero He was a cowboy of note back in his younger days.
985 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 167 D. W. Groethe One for the Workin' Cowboys Spoken: Here's one for the workin' cowboys
986 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 171 D. W. Groethe Give Him a Horse and Saddle
987 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 172 D. W. Groethe Leavin' it All Behind The lie scattered 'cross the prairie
988 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 174 D. W. Groethe Talkin' Windy Blues It'll wail from the north scream from the south
989 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 176 D. W. Groethe Lately (A Phone Call from Home) Lately it's been one thing then another but one thing I can tell you is true.
990 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 177 D. W. Groethe When We Get Hitched Sometimes when I'm ridin' late at night
991 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 178 D. W. Groethe Ridin' That Trail Some cowboys I know are out on the go ridin' an' a ropin' all day.
992 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 179 D. W. Groethe Summer Cackleberry fruit flippin' in the fryin' pan
993 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 181 D. W. Groethe The One that Got Away When I was just a boy on the west Dakota plains
994 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 182 D. W. Groethe Heartbroke I remember the night when we became one or so I was thinkin'.
995 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 183 D. W. Groethe Long Train Gone When the devil come a-knockin' on your front door
996 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 185 D. W. Groethe Mendin' Harness I'm dustin' off my traces and oilin' up the places
997 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 187 D. W. Groethe Some Sunny Day A buckaroo was ridin' down a lonesome trail.
998 West River Waltz: Western Poetry FC 11 G-31 183 D. W. Groethe What Ever It Takes He was born to this life with reins in his hands.
999 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 77 Baxter Black Down The Mississippi, Part 1 - not a poem
1000 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 78 Baxter Black Down the Mississippi, Part 2 - not a poem
1001 On the Edge of Common Sense FC 11 B-12 80 Baxter Black Cow Country - not a poem