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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
1277 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 30 Martha Downer Ellis Convention From off the ranches out across the land. convention, gathering, friendship, travel
1278 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 31 Martha Downer Ellis Rope and Pan And who can say. gender roles, woman, man, work
1279 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 32 Martha Downer Ellis My Dishpan Here's to you, Old Friend! dishes, dishpan, washing, housework
1280 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 33 Martha Downer Ellis Return The trail from the upper range. trail, path, homecoming, waiting, creek
1281 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 34 Martha Downer Ellis Inside Out beyond the lamplight and the walls. rain, winter, fire, warmth
1282 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 35 Martha Downer Ellis Out New Baby At last. baby, son, father, mother, birth
1283 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 36 Martha Downer Ellis Christmas Pony for a Four-Year-Old Cow crew, cook, and foreman -- everybody on the ranch. Christmas, gift, present, horseback, son, child, pony
1284 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 37 Martha Downer Ellis On an Idle Day In the late afternoon we walked among the dunes. Indians, past, children, sand dunes, supper
1285 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 38 Martha Downer Ellis Tales in the Afternoon On a hot afternoon my sister regaled her sons. storytelling, history, aunt, family, windies
1286 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 39 Martha Downer Ellis The Little White Owl My mother wrote me that the boys were well. children, grave, bird, death, burial, son
1287 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 40 Martha Downer Ellis On the Staked Plains When I was young. earth, wind, prairie
1288 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 41 Martha Downer Ellis Boarding School I've folded your levis and put them away. daughter, school, longing, child, parent, growing up
1289 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 42 Martha Downer Ellis Clothes-line I saw today. clothes, levis, jeans, sons, family, wash
1290 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 43 Martha Downer Ellis Ground-Observer I saw her pause and listen. children, mother, plane, airplane ,PTA, aging
1291 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 44 Martha Downer Ellis Mare and Colt at Branding Down in the old picket corral this morning. mare, colt, branding, mother
1292 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 45 Martha Downer Ellis In May Red roses bloom beside my garden wall. flowers, spring, May, grass, calves
1293 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 46 Martha Downer Ellis The Garden And who will tend my tulips after I am gone? flowers, plants, garden, gardener, seasons
1294 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 47 Martha Downer Ellis One of the Dauntless Through my window I see her standing there. woman, aging
1295 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 48 Martha Downer Ellis The Surgeon Because he knew. life, operation, skill, medical practices
1296 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 49 Martha Downer Ellis Husband I asked a friend of mine. mother, wife, children, husband, loneliness
1297 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 50 Martha Downer Ellis Gate Opener The house is shelter. sky, mesa, sight
1298 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 51 Martha Downer Ellis Ride Beside Me Together we have driven through. loneliness, companionship
1299 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 52 Martha Downer Ellis The Weather I dearly love the weather. weather, anger, outlet, emotion, words
1300 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 53 Martha Downer Ellis This Fall And where have I been the summer long. flowers, garden, observation
1301 Rope and Pan FC 11 E-02 54 Martha Downer Ellis Shampooing It's a sad day. aging, children, grandmother, gray hair