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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
1227 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 99 Martha Downer Ellis Skeleton Over in the Perra Basin. skeleton, bones, wind, death, saddle
1228 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 100 Martha Downer Ellis Oat Martine Oat Martine went to work on the Bell in 1900. ranchland, life history, Bell Ranch, past
1229 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 103 Martha Downer Ellis In Dog Canyon The water in Dog Canyon. spring house, water
1230 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 104 Martha Downer Ellis Names There are names that warm the heart. past
1231 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 105 Martha Downer Ellis Old Camping Place Over in the West Bronc pasture. wagon, camp, Dutch oven, 1932
1232 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 106 Martha Downer Ellis As Ever In a box of dusty records I found. Red River Valley, 1905
1233 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 107 Martha Downer Ellis Horse Wrangler I walked all through the sacaton. death, stampede, youth, boy, grave, marker, burial, body
1234 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 108 Martha Downer Ellis Down in the Dining Room Here in this room. mementoes, relics, memorabilia, past
1235 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 111 Martha Downer Ellis Gryphaea, the Devil's Toe Nail How fleetingly we live on this land. past, history, records, fossil, shell, time, ancient history
1236 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 112 Martha Downer Ellis Shipping from Medio--1946 The night before. cattle drive, wagon, shipping, cattle cars
1237 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 114 Martha Downer Ellis Late Fall Shipping Huddled one day in the cab of the pickup. shipping, wind, dust, train, boots, spurs
1238 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 115 Martha Downer Ellis Down the Long Portal I hear their footsteps echoing. footsteps, feet, men, past
1239 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 116 Martha Downer Ellis 1947 Now the Bell is broken. remuda, horses, fence, selling out
1240 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 118 Martha Downer Ellis Shelter When I have snapped the lock. shelter
1241 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 119 Martha Downer Ellis The Wide Board In the ceiling of my room. wood, board, ceiling
1242 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 120 Martha Downer Ellis Dead Antelope The first of the hunters. antelope, hunting, game, wildlife
1243 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 121 Martha Downer Ellis The Lonely Mule Jack goes grieving -- onh hee, onh hee. mule, team
1244 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 122 Martha Downer Ellis The Buffalo Head There's a buffalo head on the office wall. buffalo, head
1245 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 123 Martha Downer Ellis Happy Birthday One afternoon while I was over in the office. birthdays, present, gifts
1246 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 124 Martha Downer Ellis Faustin The milkman is old. aging, gallop, milkman
1247 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 125 Martha Downer Ellis The Cellar The cellar has had its face lifted. cellar
1248 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 126 Martha Downer Ellis Ah, Butane At the end of a ride. heat
1249 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 127 Martha Downer Ellis Emergency I went down through the house. mouse, toilet
1250 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 128 Martha Downer Ellis Christmas The road up the Hill is frozen and rough. Christmas, holiday, fireplace
1251 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 130 Martha Downer Ellis February 1970 And now the Bell is sold. selling out, sadness, loss