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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
1177 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 102 Captain Jack Crawford In Donegal Oh, would that I again a boy could be. Ireland, Donegal
1178 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 104 Captain Jack Crawford Molly Oh, Molly, dear Molly. Ireland, homecoming
1179 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 105 Captain Jack Crawford The Irish Lover I left a little Colleen in the isle beyond the sea. Ireland, love
1180 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 107 Captain Jack Crawford A Tribute to Father Judge Christ died for men and so did he. death
1181 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 109 Captain Jack Crawford When Ben King Died From out the sunny, flowery South. death
1182 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 112 Captain Jack Crawford Jane Come, mother, put your knittin' down; you've done enough tonight. courtship, husband, wife, love
1183 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 117 Captain Jack Crawford The True Story of Marching Through Georgia Whenever found a chicken that could roost out of our reach. marching through Georgia, war
1184 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 118 Captain Jack Crawford A Modest Man I'm a mild and modest man, I am, indeed. money
1185 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 120 Captain Jack Crawford The Reporter Don't turn him down -- don't scare and fret. reporter
1186 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 121 Captain Jack Crawford A Memory Pap read it in the Weekly Spear. greatest show on earth, Bill Nye, circus
1187 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 124 Captain Jack Crawford Dot Little Crippled Boy Vot Died I dond vas feelin' good von bit. cripple boy, orphan, German cobbler, death
1188 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 127 Captain Jack Crawford The Mountain Boy's Letter Dear Giner'l: I ain't no great scholar. war, general, soldiers
1189 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 128 Captain Jack Crawford Heard in the Cane Brake Fo' de Lord, I's gwine ter hustle. River Jordan
1190 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 129 Captain Jack Crawford The Elk and His Mission Come stately stepping, noble, grand. elk
1191 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 131 Captain Jack Crawford Captain Jack's Tribute to Chicago Say, Chicago, you're a daisy. Chicago
1192 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 133 Captain Jack Crawford To the Daughter of General John B. Gordon Fair daughter of a noble Sire. war
1193 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 135 Captain Jack Crawford To One of God's Queens When first I took your hand in mine. mother, child
1194 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 136 Captain Jack Crawford Old Glory O beautiful emblem of Liberty's tree. flag, old glory
1195 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 137 Captain Jack Crawford Woman's Influence Dear Friend, what a halo of sunshine and glory. womanhood
1196 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 138 Captain Jack Crawford To My Winchester Sweetheart of mine. Winchester, gun
1197 The Broncho Book FC 11 C-13 141 Captain Jack Crawford A Coming Together of Nature and Art A coming together of nature and art. nature
1198 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 1 Allen McCanless The Cowboy's Soliloquy All day o'er the prairie alone I ride. occupation
1199 Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering Hal Cannon FC 11 C-14 3 Gail Gardner The Sierry Petes Away up high in the Sierry Petes. Sandy Bob, Buster Jig
1200 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 58 Martha Downer Ellis Comanche Camp There's a camp in the Cow Pass. Indians, tepee, Comanches
1201 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 59 Martha Downer Ellis This Land This land lies so fair beneath the sun. Indians, mesa, Kiowa, land