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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
1252 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 131 Martha Downer Ellis The Bell Whatever the sorrow. land
1253 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 132 Martha Downer Ellis The River The wild Red River has been tamed by the dam. river, water, dam, progress, time
1254 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 133 Martha Downer Ellis River Bluffs Once, from a ridge in the Perra. phantom, city, river
1255 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 134 Martha Downer Ellis Tomorrow After we are gone other men. time, future, endurance
1256 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 135 Martha Downer Ellis Bill Lane Bill Lane flew over the Bell. land, ranch, Bell Ranch
1257 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 136 Martha Downer Ellis Never Let Us Think Never let us think that Waddingham or Montoya. Indians, past, shelter, future, land, generation
1258 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 137 Martha Downer Ellis Horse Trails There beside the Bull Trap fence. trail, future
1259 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 138 Martha Downer Ellis These Items Don't tell me I must have made them up. land
1260 Bell Ranch Glimpses FC 11 E-01 139 Martha Downer Ellis Bell Ranch There are those. land
1261 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 1 Martha Downer Ellis A Rope I saw a rope down town today. rope, pickup, hands
1262 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 2 Martha Downer Ellis In Lovington Cemetery Under the sod the ranchers lie. rancher, grave, cemetery, windmill, water, comfort
1263 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 3 Martha Downer Ellis Summer Day Today at noon. heat, summer, sun
1264 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 4 Martha Downer Ellis Heading Home I've been away much too long. home, railroad, train, New Mexico
1265 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 8 Martha Downer Ellis The Map Rock The Map Rock lies flat and square. petroglyphs, Indians
1266 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 14 Martha Downer Ellis Chasing Showers We ran to see where the rain had fallen. rain, dirt, dust, dry, drought
1267 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 17 Martha Downer Ellis Drouth Relief I can hear that rifle now. death, drought, calves, 1934
1268 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 20 Martha Downer Ellis July Rain And now the ranch is green again. rain, water, grass, relief
1269 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 21 Martha Downer Ellis Night Rain A slow night rain is falling. rain, water, appreciation, peace
1270 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 22 Martha Downer Ellis Sunday Clothes Oh the green young grass is rising. rain, restoration, earth
1271 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 23 Martha Downer Ellis The Southwest Wind The southwest wind just blows and blows. wind, weather
1272 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 25 Martha Downer Ellis Ranching He who rides the rainfall. ranching, change, weather, rain
1273 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 26 Martha Downer Ellis Goodbye to the Ranch I saw him loping away alone. goodby, farewell, town, unhappiness
1274 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 27 Martha Downer Ellis A Tinge of Green It's mid-September now. rain, grass, green, winter
1275 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 28 Martha Downer Ellis A Farmer in Spring As I was nearing town today. spring, ditch, weed burning, farming, water, hope, optimism
1276 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 29 Martha Downer Ellis Merry-Go-Round Round and `round and up and down. change, ranching