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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
1202 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 60 Martha Downer Ellis Gavilan Bell Mountain guarded all the plain. mesa, land
1203 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 61 Martha Downer Ellis The Antelope Run All the summer long. petroglyphs, Indians, stone, rock
1204 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 62 Martha Downer Ellis Places on the Bell They are older than the title. water, springs, grass, rock, place, land
1205 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 63 Martha Downer Ellis El Rio Long ago other peoples. ancient history, Indians, naming, river, water
1206 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 64 Martha Downer Ellis In a Cave In a cave in a mesa beyond Trementina. Indians, artifact, arrowhead, shard, petroglyphs
1207 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 65 Martha Downer Ellis The Rock hole The Rock hole water lies deep. water, mother, children, rock, stone
1208 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 66 Martha Downer Ellis Old Travel-Way A long time ago the people. trail, riding, travel
1209 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 67 Martha Downer Ellis By the TV Tower A tree grew there. arrowhead, Indians, water, grinding
1210 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 68 Martha Downer Ellis The Mule Pasture Rocks Lying beside an old travel-way. travel, boulder, rock, grinding, Indians, ancient history
1211 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 70 Martha Downer Ellis Sand Dunes I wish I knew what lies under that. sand, Indians, Apache, shelter, dwelling, wind, clan, ancient history
1212 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 71 Martha Downer Ellis Horses on the Bell Some three hundred years ago. Spaniards, Comanches, horses, trade
1213 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 74 Martha Downer Ellis The Old Villages Along in the seventies and eighties. Spanish, Spaniards, town, past, progress, change
1214 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 76 Martha Downer Ellis The Witch In the eighteen-eighties. 1880, dry, water, rain, drought, witch, death, dragging
1215 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 78 Martha Downer Ellis French Joe Joseph C. de St. Quentin came early. 1877, postmaster, settler, past, tribute, death, life history
1216 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 80 Martha Downer Ellis The Cut in the Basin Rim Today George took me to see a place that. wagon road, manmade, sandstone
1217 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 81 Martha Downer Ellis The Brand Rock Over in the 4V country. rock, brand
1218 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 82 Martha Downer Ellis El Mesteno Beyond the head of the Lake. river, settlement, past, ghosts, history
1219 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 83 Martha Downer Ellis Inscription El que se ya pendejo. inscription, rock, headstone
1220 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 84 Martha Downer Ellis The Tulosa Waterholes The Tulosa waterholes lie. pools, water, stone house, ruts, wagon
1221 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 85 Martha Downer Ellis At Indian Rock Windmill La Cinta Mesa's cedar-dappled northern wall. walls, past
1222 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 86 Martha Downer Ellis Letter from Benito Benito Encinias was born more than ninety years ago. old timer, past, history, Spanish, ruins, Bell Ranch
1223 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 90 Martha Downer Ellis Mike Slattery In eighteen-seventy-two, or four, or thereabouts. 1872,foreman, loss, drought
1224 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 91 Martha Downer Ellis They Say... And where, I asked, is the old Tejano Trail? thief, trader, settler, trail
1225 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 92 Martha Downer Ellis In Tipton Draw They're pouring a slab in Tipton Draw. past, history, artifact, signs
1226 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 96 Martha Downer Ellis Blas Ortega There in the corner of the porch. cowboy, 1870, caretaker, Indians, Spanish, kidnapping, escape, past, history, ranch hand