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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
1077 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 90 Wesley Beggs The Old Slop Mule at Deer Lodge I am a good old working mule. work, harness
1078 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 93 Wesley Beggs Malugian at Great Falls Goes to the Circus and Tries to Ride a Trick Mule Well, wife, I've landed here at last, and the town it looks all right. circus, parade, elephant, clown
1079 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 97 Wesley Beggs On Mount Powell, Montana We climbed Mt. Powell's rocky slope. prison
1080 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 98 Wesley Beggs The Boys at Billings Talk about your pitching horses. Montana
1081 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 100 Wesley Beggs Farewell, Titanic, Proud Ship of the Sea Gone is the great Titanic, gone to the home of the brave. sinking ship, death, drowning, iceberg, watery grave
1082 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 101 Wesley Beggs The Knot That Hands Have Tied When love goes thumping through your heart. romance, infatuation, marriage, divorce
1083 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 102 Wesley Beggs The Old Stockade Corral There's a happy time a-coming. Bridger, Absarokee, Chinook, spring, seasons, nature, city, country
1084 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 105 Wesley Beggs In Those Old Round-Up Days I left my home a wandering lad. youth, roundup, mother, father, family, parent, aging, growing up
1085 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 108 Wesley Beggs Down at the Alamo A solemn thought comes o'er me. song, Texas, Brazos, Lone Star state, Rio Grande, Sam Houston
1086 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 110 Wesley Beggs The Cowboy's Wild Song to His Herd One beautiful night when the moon was full. mother, home, night, peace, memories
1087 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 111 Wesley Beggs The Rustler Gets the Blame There's a big boy up on Bridger. loco weed, feed, cattle, rustling
1088 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 112 Wesley Beggs Getting My Old Calf Pants Washed I send you in my old calf pants. rot, clothes, clothing, smell, odor, stink, wash, clean, cleaning
1089 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 113 Wesley Beggs Early Days of the Cherokee Strip These verses I have written I hope you all will read. gold, gold dust, boomer, boomers, spring, springtime
1090 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 116 Wesley Beggs Stolen Shoe Strings There is a thief, a sneaking thief. theft, steal, stealing, shoelaces, belief, God, afterlife
1091 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 121 Wesley Beggs Naming the Baby Put on your brand new calico. Tute, Tutie, baby boy
1092 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 124 Wesley Beggs The Tar Daubers of Shady Bend, Kansas To the Shady Bend tar daubers.
1093 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 125 Wesley Beggs A Stampede in North Dakota Talk about your milling cattle and stampede on the plains. home, weather, storm, Wadsworth Brothers, punching cattle
1094 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 129 Wesley Beggs When Lillie Roundup Throws Her Rope When Lillie Roundup throws her rope. roping, female, roper, horse, girl, cowgirl
1095 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 132 Wesley Beggs Montana, the Gem of the West I will sing of Montana, the gem of the West. song, Treasure State, pride, proud, sun, water, Angel of Peace
1096 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 135 Wesley Beggs Drifting Around Perhaps you have run on the ranges of sin. belief, doubt, God, religion, soul, despair, hope
1097 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 136 Wesley Beggs The Wife That I Loved So Well Across the hills of sorrow. song, prison, jail, penitentiary, family, home, wife, mother, children, friends, sweetheart, love, roam, roaming, loss, alone, lonely, loneliness
1098 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 141 Wesley Beggs A Happy Home, 1892 We in our happy home, dear wife. love, time, past, life, hardship, marriage, death, children
1099 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 144 Wesley Beggs The Darkies Are Leaving Oklahoma Oh, the darkies am offended. Blacks, ethnic, Negro, race, racial prejudice, song, country, United States, America, pickaninnies, pickaninney
1100 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 146 Wesley Beggs For That Bronk Will Throw His Rider Away Out in Beulah Land Away out in the country on the far Pacific slope. Ireland, female, cowgirl, song, bronc, cayuse, peace and rest, Hannah
1101 Rhymes from the Rangeland FC 11 B-09 148 Wesley Beggs The Land That I Love, or the Roundup Coming Through I am going away to the land that I love. song, Oklahoma, home, the beautiful land, nature, past, change, longhorn