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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
1152 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 159 Robert V. Carr The Bad Lands Bluffs of ochre and brown and red, in varied glory flare. land, lonely, Bad Lands, isolation, silence
1153 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 160 Robert V. Carr The Rattlesnake O'er sun-baked plains he winds his way. snake, rattlesnake
1154 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 161 Robert V. Carr The Buttes Half-hid in shadow, vague and drear. buttes, landscape
1155 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 162 Robert V. Carr Prairie Wolves Up where the white bluffs fringe the plain. wolves, animals
1156 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 163 Robert V. Carr The Winds of the West Oh, the west winds, the wild winds, glad vagrants and free. wind, longing, call, nature
1157 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 169 Robert V. Carr Onjinjintka Camped in the foot hills, their fires bright. Indians, chief, smoke, Sioux, flowers, rose, lover, Indian-White relations, heartbreak, unrequited love, unfaithfulness
1158 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 172 Robert V. Carr The Gun Fight Stern his eye and ever watchful. knight, honor, loyalty, chivalry, gunfight
1159 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 174 Robert V. Carr Love and Death I'm camping here alone tonight. memories, lost love, death, longing, wondering, stars, God
1160 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 175 Robert V. Carr The Western Trail In the beginning the Great Spirit gave the prairie rare gifts. Indians, Sioux, conservation, White man, nature
1161 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 176 Robert V. Carr To a Buffalo Skull On the sable wall doth thy great skull gleam, a regal ornament. buffalo, skull
1162 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 177 Robert V. Carr At the Grave of a Border Cavalier No more ring the shouts and the boisterous laughter. boldness, cavalier, bravery, headstone, death
1163 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 178 Robert V. Carr The Doom of the Weak Gaunt mother, the spring is not yet come. nature, struggle, spring, winter
1164 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 179 Robert V. Carr The Night Stampede The thunder rolled like a thousand drums. death, stampede, hero, trampled
1165 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 180 Robert V. Carr The Circle Yesterday a cave-man spoke. time, land, progress, circle
1166 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 181 Robert V. Carr In Passing You waved a slim brown hand tome with a grace that proved devotion. lope, ride
1167 Cowboy Lyrics FC 11 C-03 182 Robert V. Carr Dear Little Fire Dear little fire by the upland trail, well fed with twigs of oak. fire, twigs, oak, campfire, comfort
1168 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 5 Bob A. Carson Nature Precepts. Poems. Pages. nature, druids
1169 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 6 Bob A. Carson A Poet It is to want a friend, to want a home. poet, poetry, society, praise
1170 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 6 Bob A. Carson I Am a Slave My beauty is not wine to me. nature, art, praise
1171 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 7 Bob A. Carson Neck Deep in June I was born one day neck deep in June. June, work, spring, branding, calves
1172 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 10 Bob A. Carson The Art All dumb animals are fair. shoeing, animal training, animals
1173 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 11 Bob A. Carson A Teacher Should Know A teacher should know the proper way. doctor, teaching, training
1174 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 12 Bob A. Carson Teach With Kindness You'll never know, just where a word of kindness will go. kindness, teaching
1175 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 13 Bob A. Carson I Wish I Were a Cowboy I wish I were a cowboy and rode in rodeos. rodeo
1176 Poems of American Cowboys & Nature FC 11 C-04 13 Bob A. Carson Cowboys The cowboys they come and go. adoration