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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
1127 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 23 E.A. Brininstool Silent Trails The trails are silent since you went away. love, loneliness, lonesome, nature, manzanita berries, herd, solitude, heart ache, gloom, wild flowers, sweet perfume, camp fire, night-riders, longing,
1128 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 25 E.A. Brininstool The Stampede A lowering night, with muggy, sultry air. herd, thunder, lightning, campfire, night-herding, river, restless herd, storm, sky, echoing thunder, wild cattle, panic-stricken herd, night, stars, clouds
1129 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 27 E.A. Brininstool The Last Drive Beside his sagging door he sits and smokes. past, dreams, memories, old-age, gray hair, gray hair, dust, cowboys, fearless, smells, nature, night, bedded herd, night-guards, range pals, night-hawk, stream, lark, morning dew, broncos, Sunset Trail
1130 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 29 E.A. Brininstool The Nester to the Cowman I have watched your great herds trailing toward. plow, cattle, customs, progress, fields of grain, reaper's song, puncher, range, red man, change, prairie, schools, churches, remembrance, branding-fires, factories, mills, conquest, submission, desert, new era, fate, nesters
1131 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 33 E.A. Brininstool Cactus Charley's Regrets The West ain't what it wuz, Bill, the good ol' days. memories, change, fences, punchers, town, changing lifestyle,, motor cars, tame West, poker joints, graveyard, lynch-law, rustler,, women, hats, derbies, dresses, lariats, boots, quirts, silk shirts, cigarettes, Injuns, tame Indians, movies, fights, changing West, motion pictures, regret, rustling
1132 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 31 E.A. Brininstool The Blizzard-Bound Herd Down from the winding hills, 'mid whirling snow. cold, wind, Arctic blasts, helpless cattle, death, terror, blinding snow, despair, leaden sky, weather, Storm King
1133 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 35 E.A. Brininstool A Prairie Mother's Lullaby The sunset deepens in the west. child, love, sing, song, baby, night, evening, daddy, dad, father, mom, family, husband, wife, mother
1134 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 37 E.A. Brininstool Back to Arizona Take me back to Arizona as it was in early days. past, history, change, motion picture cowboy, Apache, law
1135 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 68 E.A. Brininstool Sence Slim Got Piled Slim Bates ain't braggin' any more. Slim Bates, bragging, bronc riding, throwed, thrown, bronc busting
1136 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 66 E.A. Brininstool Rainy Day in a Cow Camp Gusty sheets o' rain a-fallin'. yellow slicker, wet, rain, punching cattle, mud, cow camp
1137 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 64 E.A. Brininstool The Chisholm Trail Where prairie breezes softly croon. frontier, trail drive, cattle drive
1138 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 62 E.A. Brininstool The Braggart I've fit the Injuns often, pard. motion pictures, actor, Hollywood cowboy
1139 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 60 E.A. Brininstool Sheeped Out It wasn't very long ago we bossed the ranges wide. sheep, sheepmen, cattlemen, woolly backs, range
1140 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 58 E.A. Brininstool The Return of Bud Bud Sands he's with the boys once more! Bud Sands, New York, East, West, city, Bar-4, Bar 4
1141 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 56 E.A. Brininstool The Disappointed Tenderfoot He reached the West in a Pullman car, where the writers tell us the cowboys are. tenderfoot, greenhorn, West, East
1142 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 54 E.A. Brininstool The Range Rider's Soliloquy Sometimes when on night-herd I'm ridin', and the stars are a-gleam in the sky. night-herding, stars, night, belief, afterlife
1143 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 53 E.A. Brininstool The Desert Sun, silence, sand and dreary solitude! sun, parched earth, death desolation, stillness
1144 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 51 E.A. Brininstool The Cowman's Loss It's lonely on the ol' ranch now. Little Feller, baby, death, dead, child's death, child, children, heaven, afterlife
1145 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 49 E.A. Brininstool A Cattle Range at Night The prairie zephyrs have dropped to rest. wind, sunset, night, range, breeze
1146 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 48 E.A. Brininstool Juanita Drear are the prairies, the ranges are silent. female, girlfriend, lover, longing, memories
1147 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 46 E.A. Brininstool Old Six-Gun You've been a good old pal to me. six gun, gun, revolver
1148 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 44 E.A. Brininstool The Ol' Cow Hawss When it comes to saddle hawsses, there's a difference in steeds. horses, cow pony, heaven, belief, afterlife
1149 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 42 E.A. Brininstool A Voice from the Open The light shines soft through yon tinted panes. God, belief, religion, churches, preacher
1150 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 39 E.A. Brininstool The Old Trail Songs We used to have a heap o' fun down on the ol' Bar-4. Bar 4,banjo, sing, song, Shorty, Greaser Mex, songs, whoopee ti-yi, Kansas, trail drive, night-herding
1151 Trail Dust of a Maverick FC 11 B-15 70 E.A. Brininstool The Dead Pardner He's left us for that sunny range so fair. death, afterlife, heaven, friendship, pardners